Math 96:
Putnam Seminar

Fall 2019

**Announcements:**

- First day of class September 27th 4pm in AP&M 6402.

**Homeworks: **

- Homework 1 - Due in Class October 4th
Homework 2 - Due in Class October 11th- Homework 3 - Write up one problem from the last practice. Due in class October 18th.
- Homework 4 - Due in Class October 25th
- Homework 5 - Write up one problem from the last practice. Due in class November 1st.
- Homework 6 - Due in class on November 8th.
- Homework 7 - Write up one problem from the last practice. Due in class November 15th.
- Homework 8 - Due in class on
November 22nd

**Class Notes:**

- Basic Problem Solving Techniques
- Recurrence Relations and Functional Equations
- Practice 1
- Number Theory
- Practice 2
- Polynomials
- Practice 3
- Combinatorics
- Practice 4
- Testing Strategies

**Resources: **

- Course Syllabus
- Introductory guide to proofs.
- Kiran’s Putnam archive.
- Course piazza
page.
- Previous years' handouts.
- If you want
something slightly easier to practice on, check out the Van
Vleck Talent Search Problems
and Solutions.

**Course
Description**: Students will develop skills in analytical
thinking as they solve and present solutions to challenging
mathematical problems in preparation for the William Lowell
Putnam Mathematics Competition, a national undergraduate
mathematics examination held each year. Students must sit for at
least one half of the Putnam exam (given the first Saturday in
December) to receive a passing grade. P/NP grades only. May be
taken for credit up to four times.