This is a seminar in mathematical problem solving. It is aimed at undergraduate students who enjoy solving mathematical problems in a variety of areas, and want to strengthen their creative mathematical skills, and their skills at doing mathematical proofs.
One of the main goals of this seminar is to help interested students prepare for the William Lowell Putnam Undergraduate Mathematics Competition , which is an annual national mathematics competition held every December. Any full-time undergraduate who does not yet have a college degree is eligible to participate in the exam. (However, you are free to participate in the seminar without taking the exam, and vice versa.)
The seminar is being offered under course number 640:491 and is worth one unit of credit. Students who have taken the seminar previously may not register for it, but are very welcome to attend.
The meetings of the seminar will be a mixture of presentations by the instructors, group discussions of problems, and student presentations.
The seminar qualifies as an honors seminar for the
All students taking the seminar are expected to:
Applying and Registering
To apply for admission to the seminar, submit a "Special
Permission Application Form -- Honors Courses Only" form:
to the undergraduate office (Hill 303).
|Meeting Date||Read before class||Problems to be discussed|
|September 9||None||Problem Set 1|
|September 16||Chapter 1||Problem Set 1|
|September 23||Chapter 2.6, 3.1,3.2||Problem Set 2|
|September 30||Chapter 3.3,3.4||Problem Set 3|
|October 7||Chapter 4.1,4.2||Problem Set 4|
|October 14||Chapter 4.3,5.1,5.2||Problem Set 5|
|October 21||Chapter 7.1,7.2,7.3||Problem Set 6|
|October 28||Chapters 7.1,7.2,7.6||Problem Set 7|
|November 4||Problem Set 8|
|November 11||Problem Set 9|
|December 2||(1985 Putnam exam)|