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''Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Simon Marshall''
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''Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Gheorghe Craciun, Mihaela Ifrim''
  
 
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.
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[http://math.ucsd.edu/~pfitz/putnam.html Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.]
 
[http://math.ucsd.edu/~pfitz/putnam.html Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.]
  
The UW is also participating in the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (which will be held this year on '''October 24th'''). 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.]
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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.]
  
==Fall 2015==
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We hold our own UW Madison [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] in the spring.
  
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 TBD, probably Wednesday nights.
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==Fall 2017==
  
* Regular meetings, probably on Wednesdays.
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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.
* October 24th: '''Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest''': 9-11:30 am
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* December 5th: '''Putnam competition''': Morning session: 9am-12pm, afternoon session: 2-5pm
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* September 20: [[Media:Putnam092017.pdf | Introductory meeting]] by D.Arinkin
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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]).
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* October 4: Inequalities by G.Craciun
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* October 11: TBA by D.Arinkin
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* October 21: '''Virginia Tech Math Contest'''
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* December 2: '''Putnam Exam'''
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==Spring 2016: UW Undergraduate Math Competition==
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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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==Fall 2016==
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* September 20: [[Media:Putnam092016.pdf | Introductory meeting]]
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* September 27: [[Media:Putnam092716.pdf | Calculus and analysis]]
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* October 4: [[Media:Putnam100416.pdf | Generating functions]] (by Vlad Matei)
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* October 11: [[Media:UWUMC2016.pdf | Review of last year's UW Math competition]]
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* October 18: [[Media:Putnam101816.pdf | Functional equations]]
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* October 22: Virginia Tech Math Contest
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* October 25: Review of this year's [[Media:vtrmc16.pdf | VT contest]]
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* November 1: [[Media:Putnam110116.pdf | Matrices]] (by Vlad Matei)
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* November 15: [[Media:Putnam111516.pdf | Two algebra problems]]
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* November 22: No meeting: Happy Thanksgiving!
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* November 29: [[Media:Putnam112916.pdf | Assorted problems]]
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* December 3: Putnam Exam: Morning session: 9am-noon, Afternoon session: 2-5pm in VV B135.
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==Spring 2016==
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The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had the second annual UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] on April 12th, 2016.
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==Fall 2015==
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* September 23rd: [[Media:Putnam092315.pdf | Introductory meeting]]
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* September 30th: [[Media:Putnam093015.pdf | Pigeonhole principle]]
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* October 7th: Review of [[Media:UWUMC15.pdf | 2015 UW math competition]]
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* October 14th: [[Media:Putnam101415.pdf | Matrices and determinants]]
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* October 21st: [[Media:Putnam102115.pdf | Virginia Tech practice]]
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* October 24th: Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest: 9-11:30 am
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* October 28th: Review of the 2015 Virginia Tech contest.
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* November 4th: [[Media:PutnamProblemsOct12.pdf | Polynomials]]
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* November 11th: [[Media:PutnamProblemsNov11.pdf | Assorted problems]]
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* November 18th: [[Media:PutnamProblemsNov18.pdf | Assorted problems]]
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* No meeting on November 25th
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* December 2nd: TBA
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* December 5th: Putnam competition: Morning session: 9am-12pm, afternoon session: 2-5pm in VV B115.
  
==Spring 2015: UW Undergraduate Math Competition==
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==Spring 2015==
  
The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring. However, on April 22nd, we will be holding UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]]!
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The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring, but we had our first UW [[Undergraduate Math Competition]]!
  
 
==Fall 2014==
 
==Fall 2014==

Revision as of 13:18, 6 October 2017

Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Gheorghe Craciun, Mihaela Ifrim

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.

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: UW Undergraduate Math Competition

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