Putnam Competition 2012
Wilfrid Laurier Putnam Training
Here is the announcement we sent to all the math undergraduate students.
Official websiteFrom the Official website, the Putnam competition this year will be on Saturday, December 1st, 2012.
There will be two sessions. The first is 9:00 am -- 12:00 noon and the second is 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm.
CoordinatorDr. Shengda Hu
For the competition:You need to email me by NOON October 1st.
For the training sessions:You don't have to register to attend the training sessions. On the other hand, if you do prepare to participate in the Putnam Competition, then you should register, as it will be very helpful for your preparation.
To register, please print and fill out the form, and submit it by NOON September 20th.
Schedule (for training sessions)The time will be 4:00 -- 5:00pm. The room is N1058, Science Building. The following table gives the rough outline of the sessions.
The following is a tentative (meaning the order or content of the sessions might change) list of sessions. The topics will roughly follow the book "Putnam and Beyond" (it can be downloaded in its entirety here). Depending on the time available, not all topics will be covered.
To get the most out of these sessions, it is important to
prepare for the topics that will be covered before coming to them, and
work as many problems as possible afterwards. Reading the examples and trying some
of the problems would be a good way to prepare. You need to understand your weakness in order to get stronger.
|Sept. 24th||Dr. E. Wang||Introduction, problems from past competitions, sequences and series|
|Oct. 1st||Dr. K. Zhao||Algebra: Identities and Inequalities, Polynomials|
||Thanksgiving, no session|
|Oct. 15th||Dr. C. Sloss||Combinatorics and Probability: Combinatorial arguments, Binomial coefficients and Counting methods, Probability
|Oct. 22nd||Dr. L. Howe||Number theory: Integer-valued sequences and functions, Arithmetic|
|Oct. 29th||Dr. E. Wang||Number theory: Diophantine equations|
|Nov. 5th||Dr. M. Santoprete||Real analysis: Continuity, Derivatives and Integrals|
|Nov. 12th||Dr. A. Metzler||Real analysis: Multivariable differential and integral calculus, Equations with functions as unknowns|
|Nov. 19th||Dr. P. Zhang||Geometry and trignometry
|Nov. 26th|| Dr. E. Wang
||Topics on combinatorics|
|Dec. 1st (Sa)
||Dr. S. Hu||COMPETITION !! At room BA403
Three students took part in both sessions of the competition on December 1st, 2012. The results will be available late March.
If you email me I can send you a copy of the problems. There are 6 problems for each 3 hour session, come to a total of 12 problems.
Resources(Please report broken links)
Problems and books
A very nice book: Putnam and Beyond
by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu
MAA AMC Putnam problems page
Web archive image of the well-known Math competition site by John Scholes.
Putnam problems from Math-Olympiad.com (Up to 64th, with solutions)
Putnam at other places (and other times):Cornell
Stony Brooks (06)
University of Tennessee Knoxville
28 August 2012
Last edited/updated: November 22nd, 2012
|2012||Putnam and Beyond||Document|