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Canadian Excellence

Putnam Competition 2013



Wilfrid Laurier Putnam Training

Here is the announcement we sent to all the math undergraduate students.

News: There is no session on Dec. 2nd. Good luck on the competition on Dec. 7th.

Official website

From the Official website, the Putnam competition this year will be on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.
There will be two sessions. The first is 9:00 am -- 12:00 noon and the second is 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm.

Coordinators

Dr. Shengda Hu

Office: BA547
Email: shu@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-8840710x2223
Dr. Ping Zhang

Office: BA440 A
Email: pzhang@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-8840710x2305

Registration

For the competition:

You need to email me by NOON September 30th.

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 18th.

Schedule (for training sessions)

The time will be 4:00-5:00 pm on Mondays. The room is BA402. The following table gives the rough outline of the sessions.

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.

Date Instructor
Tentative Topics
Sept. 23rd Dr. P. Zhang
Introduction, problems from past competitions, sequences and series
Sept. 30th
Dr. Y. Chen
Algebra: Identities and Inequalities, Polynomials
Oct. 7th Dr. K. Zhao
Algebra: Linear algebra and abstract algebra
Oct. 14th
Thanksgiving, no session
Oct. 22nd, 15:30 Dr. C. Weatherby
Number theory: Integer-valued sequences and functions, Arithmetic
Oct. 28th Dr. E. Wang
Number theory: Diophantine equations
Nov. 4th Dr. C. Stoica
Geometry and trignometry
Nov. 11th Dr. A. Metzler Real analysis: Multivariable differential and integral calculus, Equations with functions as unknowns
Nov. 18th Dr. G. Lai Real analysis: Continuity, Derivatives and Integrals
Nov. 25th Dr. C. Sloss
Combinatorics and Probability: Combinatorial arguments, Binomial coefficients and Counting methods, Probability
Dec. 2nd

Cancelled.
Dec. 7th (Sat.)
Dr. S. Hu
COMPETITION !! At room BA431

Results

Three students took the competition, the results came in late March. Email me if you would like to know more details, as well as have a copy of the problems.

Resources

(Please report broken links)

New this year: Monthly problems

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
MIT

Shengda Hu
shu@wlu.ca
25 July 2013

Last edited/updated: October 18th, 2013