**Advanced Undergraduate Mathematics Problem
Solving Seminar**

**Fall 2016**

**Organizer:** Professor
Shubhangi Saraf

**Email:** shubhangi.saraf@gmail.com

**Timing: Tuesday 10:20 am – 11:40 am **

**Location: Hill-525**

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This is a non-credit, non graded, advanced seminar in mathematical problem solving
that meets during the fall semester. It builds on the problem solving
skills that are taught in the introductory Problem Solving Seminar 640:491. It is aimed at students who have
already taken 640:491, or already have significant experience with problem
solving of the type that is done in mathematics competitions.

One of the primary 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.

Students may
participate in the seminar in more than one year.

The problems done
in the seminar will be selected primarily from past Putnam exams. Normally
we'll spend 2 seminar sessions on each exam. The meetings of the seminar will
be a mixture of presentations by the instructors, group discussions of
problems, and student presentations.

To join the
seminar, students should send their request to Professor Saraf (shubhangi.saraf@gmail.com)

**Exams to be discussed **(Note:
While there are published solutions to past Putnam exams, students are strongly
encouraged to work on these problems without looking at the solutions.)

· 2012 Putnam Exam

· 2008 Putnam Exam

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