Math 96:
Putnam Seminar

Fall 2021

**Announcements:**

- First day of class September 24th 4pm in Revelle North Outdoor Classroom.

**Homeworks: **

- Homework 1 Due in class on Friday, October 1st.
- Homework 2 Due in class on Friday, October 8th.
- Homework 3 - Write up a solution to one problem solved in class on Oct. 8th. Due in class on Friday, October 15th.
- Homework 4 Due in class on Friday, October 22nd.
- Homework 5 - Write up a solution to one problem solved in class on Oct. 22nd. Due in class on Friday, October 29th.
- Homework 6 Due in class on Friday, November 5th.
- Homework 7 - Write up a solution to one problem solved in class on Nov. 5th. Due in class on Friday, November 12th.
- Homework 8 Due in class on
Friday, November 19th.

**Class Notes:**

- Basic Problem Solving Techniques
- Techniques from Calculus
- Number Theory Techniques
- Polynomial Techniques
- Combinatorics and Linearity of Expectation Techniques
- Testing Strategies

**Resources: **

- Course Syllabus
- Introductory guide to proofs.
- Kiran’s Putnam archive.
Course Discord Sever.

- Previous years' handouts.
- If you want something slightly easier to practice on, check out the Van Vleck Talent Search Problems and Solutions.
- Putnam registration link.

**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.