Putnam Club

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Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Simon Marshall

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 (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 over here.

Fall 2015

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, Wednesday in VV B139.

  • September 23rd: First meeting
  • Regular meetings, on Wednesdays, 5pm in VV B139.
  • October 24th: Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest: 9-11:30 am
  • December 5th: Putnam competition: Morning session: 9am-12pm, afternoon session: 2-5pm

Spring 2015: UW Undergraduate Math Competition

The Putnam Club does not meet in the spring. However, on April 22nd, we will be holding UW Undergraduate Math Competition!

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2011