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''Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Gheorghe Craciun, Mihaela Ifrim''
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''Organizers: , Gheorghe Craciun, Alexander Hanhart, Mihaela Ifrim, Botong Wang''
  
 
The Putnam Exam, offered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the premier American math competition for undergraduate students. It is given each year on the first Saturday in December. The exam consists of 12 problems, 6 in the 3 hour morning session and 6 in the 3 hour afternoon session. Each problem is worth 10 points, so the maximum score is 120. National winners usually get around 100 points. The median score is generally around 0-2 points.  This is a difficult exam with many interesting and fun problems.
 
The Putnam Exam, offered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the premier American math competition for undergraduate students. It is given each year on the first Saturday in December. The exam consists of 12 problems, 6 in the 3 hour morning session and 6 in the 3 hour afternoon session. Each problem is worth 10 points, so the maximum score is 120. National winners usually get around 100 points. The median score is generally around 0-2 points.  This is a difficult exam with many interesting and fun problems.
  
[http://math.ucsd.edu/~pfitz/putnam.html Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.]
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[http://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/ Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.]
  
 
The UW is also participating in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest. This is an individual competition with seven problems in 2.5 hours. Many schools use it as a kind of rehearsal for the Putnam. You can find more information [http://www.math.vt.edu/people/plinnell/Vtregional/ over here.]
 
The UW is also participating in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest. This is an individual competition with seven problems in 2.5 hours. Many schools use it as a kind of rehearsal for the Putnam. You can find more information [http://www.math.vt.edu/people/plinnell/Vtregional/ over here.]
  
We hold our own UW Madison [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] in the spring.
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We hold our own UW Madison [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] in the spring; this year, it is on '''April 24th, 2018'''.
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==Fall 2018==
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The Putnam Club will help you prepare for the exam by practicing on problems from previous years and other olympiad-style problems. The meeting time is 5pm on Wednesdays in VV B139. Please note that the first meeting will be on the 19th of September and the room assigment will be different than VV B 139- we will keep you posted.
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* September TBA
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==Spring 2017==
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The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the fourth annual UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] on '''April 24th''', 2018, 5:30-8pm in VV B239.
  
 
==Fall 2017==
 
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* September 20: [[Media:Putnam092017.pdf | Introductory meeting]] by D.Arinkin
 
* September 20: [[Media:Putnam092017.pdf | Introductory meeting]] by D.Arinkin
* September 27: [[Media:Putnam092717.pdf | Equations with functions as unknowns]] by M.Ifrim (by request: here is [[Media:Putnam092717sol6.pdf | solution to problem 6]]; problem 7 was Problem B5 of 2016 Putnam exam; you can see the solution [http://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/2016s.pdf l here]).
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* September 27: [[Media:Putnam092717.pdf | Equations with functions as unknowns]] by M.Ifrim (by request: here is [[Media:Putnam092717sol6.pdf | a solution to problem 6]]; problem 7 is problem B5 of 2016 Putnam exam; you can see the solution [http://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/2016s.pdf here]).
* October 4: Inequalities by G.Craciun
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* October 4: [[Media:Putnam100417.pdf | Inequalities ]] by G.Craciun.
* October 11: TBA by D.Arinkin
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* October 11: [[Media:Putnam101117.pdf | Polynomials ]] by D.Arinkin.
* October 21: '''Virginia Tech Math Contest'''
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* October 18: [[Media:Putnam1(2)..pdf | Equations ]] by M. Ifrim
* December 2: '''Putnam Exam'''
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* October 21: Virginia Tech Math Contest: 9-11:30am in VV B203.
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* October 25: Review of this year's [[Media:VTRMC2017.pdf | Virginia Tech Contest]] by G.Craciun.
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* November 1: [[Media:Putnam110117.pdf | Functions and calculus]] by D.Arinkin.
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* November 8: [[Media:Putnam1.pdf | Past Competitions]] by M.Ifrim
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* November 15: [[Media:Putnam111517.pdf | Recurrences]] by G.Craciun.
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* November 22: '''No meeting''': Happy Thanksgiving!
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* November 29: [[Media:Putnam112917.pdf | Complex numbers]] by D.Arinkin.
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* December 2: '''Putnam Exam''' in VVB115. Morning session: 9-12pm; Afternoon session: 2-5pm.
  
==Spring 2016: UW Undergraduate Math Competition==
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==Spring 2016==
  
 
The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the third annual UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] on April 19th, 2017.
 
The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the third annual UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] on April 19th, 2017.
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* September 23rd: [[Media:Putnam092315.pdf | Introductory meeting]]
 
* September 23rd: [[Media:Putnam092315.pdf | Introductory meeting]]
 
* September 30th: [[Media:Putnam093015.pdf | Pigeonhole principle]]
 
* September 30th: [[Media:Putnam093015.pdf | Pigeonhole principle]]
* October 7th: Review of [[Media:UWUMC15.pdf | 2015 UW math competition]]
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* October 7th: Review of [[Media:UWUMC2015.pdf | 2015 UW math competition]]
 
* October 14th: [[Media:Putnam101415.pdf | Matrices and determinants]]
 
* October 14th: [[Media:Putnam101415.pdf | Matrices and determinants]]
 
* October 21st: [[Media:Putnam102115.pdf | Virginia Tech practice]]
 
* October 21st: [[Media:Putnam102115.pdf | Virginia Tech practice]]

Latest revision as of 15:12, 4 September 2018

Organizers: , Gheorghe Craciun, Alexander Hanhart, Mihaela Ifrim, Botong Wang

The Putnam Exam, offered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the premier American math competition for undergraduate students. It is given each year on the first Saturday in December. The exam consists of 12 problems, 6 in the 3 hour morning session and 6 in the 3 hour afternoon session. Each problem is worth 10 points, so the maximum score is 120. National winners usually get around 100 points. The median score is generally around 0-2 points. This is a difficult exam with many interesting and fun problems.

Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.

The UW is also participating in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest. This is an individual competition with seven problems in 2.5 hours. Many schools use it as a kind of rehearsal for the Putnam. You can find more information over here.

We hold our own UW Madison Undergraduate Math Competition in the spring; this year, it is on April 24th, 2018.

Fall 2018

The Putnam Club will help you prepare for the exam by practicing on problems from previous years and other olympiad-style problems. The meeting time is 5pm on Wednesdays in VV B139. Please note that the first meeting will be on the 19th of September and the room assigment will be different than VV B 139- we will keep you posted.

  • September TBA

Spring 2017

The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the fourth annual UW Undergraduate Math Competition on April 24th, 2018, 5:30-8pm in VV B239.

Fall 2017

The Putnam Club will help you prepare for the exam by practicing on problems from previous years and other olympiad-style problems. The meeting time is 5pm on Wednesdays in VV B139.

Spring 2016

The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the third annual UW Undergraduate Math Competition on April 19th, 2017.

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the second annual UW Undergraduate Math Competition on April 12th, 2016.

Fall 2015

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Spring 2015

The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had our first UW Undergraduate Math Competition!

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2011