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''Organizers: Gheorghe Craciun, Alexander Hanhart, Mihaela Ifrim, Botong Wang''
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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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<span style="color:Indigo"><font size="5"> <div style="text-align: center;">WELCOME TO THE FALL 2020 PUTNAM CLUB!</div></font></span>
  
[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.]
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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:crimson"><font size="3">Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Mihaela Ifrim, Tatiana Shcherbyna, Botong Wang </font></span>
  
We also hold our own UW Madison [[Undergraduate Math Competition]] in the spring; for this academic year, it is tentatively scheduled in April 2019.
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The Putnam Exam, offered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the premier American math competition for undergraduate students. It a regular year is given  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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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:crimson">However, this year things are a bit unusual. The 2020 Putnam competition is postponed until February 20, 2021. It is not determined yet whether the competition will be in person or online yet.Here is the original statement on the official webpage of the contest:</span> </div>
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''Due to the coronavirus crisis, most students in the US and Canada are unable to return to campuses this fall. Therefore, the 81st Putnam Competition, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, will be postponed until February 20, 2021. If most students can return to campuses in the spring, the competition on that date can go forward in much the same form as in previous years. On the other hand, if most students are unable to return to campuses in the spring, the competition on that date will proceed in an unofficial mode, with no proctors, no prizes, no awards, but with solution papers submitted for grading by participants themselves and scores reported back privately to the individual participants.
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<div style="text-align: center;"><div style="background-color:pink;">[http://kskedlaya.org/putnam-archive/ <font size="3">Old exams and more information on the Putnam competition.</font>]</div></div>
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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://intranet.math.vt.edu/people/plinnell/Vtregional/ <span style="color:crimson"> over here.</div>]
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                              <div style="text-align: center;"><font size="3">'''We will have online meetings every Wednesday 5:00-6:30PM. ''' </font></div>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><div style="background-color:pink;"> <font size="3">The first meeting of this semester will happen on the 16th of September 2020! Please let all your colleagues know that we are continuing the Putnam Club and we are enthusiastic and hopeful we will keep you all engaged throughout the semester!</font> </div></div>
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|Meeting 16 SEPT 2020
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Mihaela Ifrim
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|ZOOM MEETING: Hi there, You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
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When: Sep 16, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Register in advance for this meeting:
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https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcumhrz4pEtJRe_o0WTGM26u2zTM8T6J5  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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You will meet us all at some point in time:) First two meetings will be presented by Mihaela. We will each teach two consecutive meetings.
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<span style="color:blue">UPDATE (09/17/2020): e met and all the documents (problems discussed and solutions given by you in class, are now shared with you via onedrive (app related to your outlook wisc account!)). I have also sent to you an invitation to use the witheboard attached to the same wisc account! But, do not feel discouraged in case you want to join later! You are always welcomed! </span>
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<span style="color:green">  Please check out the following book: '''Putnam and Beyond'''! We will use it throughout the meetings!</span>
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The first list of problems is posted! Please email me if you want access to it! [[File:Putnam_Problem_Set_1.pdf ‎]]
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|Meeting 23 SEPT 2020
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Mihaela Ifrim 
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| Zoom: Please join using the above link!
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<span style="color:Indigo">We discussed the problems given in the Putnam_Problem_Set_1 and their solutions are now posted on the shared folder.
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In addition I have also gave you the following problems to think at. [[File:Putnam_September_23_2020.pdf]]</span>
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|Meeting 30 SEPT 2020
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Tatyana Shcherbyna
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| ZOOM: Please consider joining !
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<span style="color:Indigo">The next meeting will cover NUMBER THEORY! Please see the attached list of problems!! Enjoy!!! [[File:Putnam_nt1(1).pdf ]]</span>
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|Meeting 1 OCT 2020
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Tatyana Shcherbyna
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| ZOOM: Please join!
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==Spring 2020==
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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.
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The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.
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* February 5: [[Media:Putnam_Binomial2020.pdf | Binomial coefficients and generating functions]] [[Media:Putnam_Binomial2020_answer.pdf | (Answers and hints)]]  Botong
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* February 19: [[Media:Putnam_Number_theory2020.pdf | Number theory]] [[Media:Putnam_Number2020.pdf | (Answers and hints)]]  Botong
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* March 4 and 11: [[Media: Inequalities.pdf | Inequalities]] ( Note comming up!) Kim
  
 
==Fall 2019==
 
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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. '''The first meeting will be on the 25th of September in Van Vleck hall, room B139.'''
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We will continue using the [http://piazza.com/wisc/fall2018/putnam2018/ Piazza page] from last semester for discussions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.
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* September 25: [[Media:Putnam_problems_2017+2018.pdf | Introductory meeting]]  Botong
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* October 2: [[Putnam.pdf | Integral inequalities]]  Mihaela
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* October 9: [[Putnam.pdf | More about Integral inequalities]]  (I will post notes on Wednesday morning and we will discuss more in class!) Mihaela
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* October 16: [[ODE.pdf | ODE of the first order]]  Chanwoo
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* November 6: [[Media:Numbers.pdf | Number theory]]  Dima
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* November 13:  ??
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* November 20: [[Geometry.pdf | Geometry]]  ( Note comming up!) Mihaela
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* November 27: [[No meeting! Thanksgiving! ]]
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* December 4: Last meeting of the semester! Please come and bring your friends too!! It will be fun! Mihaela
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==Spring 2019==
 
==Spring 2019==
  
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. '''The first meeting will be on the 6th of February in Van Vleck hall, room B139.'''
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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. The first meeting will be on the 6th of February in Van Vleck hall, room B139.
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'''! Important announcement:'''  We will begin preparing you for the Putnam exam earlier this year. The material covered will be presented gradually. More details will be explained to you during your first meeting of this semester (Feb 6th). We put together a Piazza account that will help the participants to discuss and collaborate with their pairs. Here is the link you need to access in order to register for this "class": piazza.com/wisc/fall2018/putnam2018 . Our intervention on Piazza will be minimal (some of the instructors will, from time to time, visit the piazza questions and provide some help). Also, based on your requests, we have decided to structure our meetings in a way that will provide more insight on methods and certain tricks that are very often used in this type of math competitions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.  
 
'''! Important announcement:'''  We will begin preparing you for the Putnam exam earlier this year. The material covered will be presented gradually. More details will be explained to you during your first meeting of this semester (Feb 6th). We put together a Piazza account that will help the participants to discuss and collaborate with their pairs. Here is the link you need to access in order to register for this "class": piazza.com/wisc/fall2018/putnam2018 . Our intervention on Piazza will be minimal (some of the instructors will, from time to time, visit the piazza questions and provide some help). Also, based on your requests, we have decided to structure our meetings in a way that will provide more insight on methods and certain tricks that are very often used in this type of math competitions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.  

Latest revision as of 02:11, 26 September 2020

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WELCOME TO THE FALL 2020 PUTNAM CLUB!


Organizers: Dima Arinkin, Mihaela Ifrim, Tatiana Shcherbyna, Botong Wang

The Putnam Exam, offered by the Mathematical Association of America, is the premier American math competition for undergraduate students. It a regular year is given 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.

However, this year things are a bit unusual. The 2020 Putnam competition is postponed until February 20, 2021. It is not determined yet whether the competition will be in person or online yet.Here is the original statement on the official webpage of the contest:

Due to the coronavirus crisis, most students in the US and Canada are unable to return to campuses this fall. Therefore, the 81st Putnam Competition, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, will be postponed until February 20, 2021. If most students can return to campuses in the spring, the competition on that date can go forward in much the same form as in previous years. On the other hand, if most students are unable to return to campuses in the spring, the competition on that date will proceed in an unofficial mode, with no proctors, no prizes, no awards, but with solution papers submitted for grading by participants themselves and scores reported back privately to the individual participants.


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.</div>

We will have online meetings every Wednesday 5:00-6:30PM.


The first meeting of this semester will happen on the 16th of September 2020! Please let all your colleagues know that we are continuing the Putnam Club and we are enthusiastic and hopeful we will keep you all engaged throughout the semester!


Meeting 16 SEPT 2020

Mihaela Ifrim

ZOOM MEETING: Hi there, You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Sep 16, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcumhrz4pEtJRe_o0WTGM26u2zTM8T6J5 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You will meet us all at some point in time:) First two meetings will be presented by Mihaela. We will each teach two consecutive meetings.

UPDATE (09/17/2020): e met and all the documents (problems discussed and solutions given by you in class, are now shared with you via onedrive (app related to your outlook wisc account!)). I have also sent to you an invitation to use the witheboard attached to the same wisc account! But, do not feel discouraged in case you want to join later! You are always welcomed!

Please check out the following book: Putnam and Beyond! We will use it throughout the meetings!

The first list of problems is posted! Please email me if you want access to it! File:Putnam Problem Set 1.pdf


Meeting 23 SEPT 2020

Mihaela Ifrim


Zoom: Please join using the above link!

We discussed the problems given in the Putnam_Problem_Set_1 and their solutions are now posted on the shared folder. In addition I have also gave you the following problems to think at. File:Putnam September 23 2020.pdf



Meeting 30 SEPT 2020

Tatyana Shcherbyna

ZOOM: Please consider joining !

The next meeting will cover NUMBER THEORY! Please see the attached list of problems!! Enjoy!!! File:Putnam nt1(1).pdf


Meeting 1 OCT 2020

Tatyana Shcherbyna

ZOOM: Please join!


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Spring 2020

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.

The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.

Fall 2019

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. The first meeting will be on the 25th of September in Van Vleck hall, room B139.

We will continue using the Piazza page from last semester for discussions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.



Spring 2019

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. The first meeting will be on the 6th of February in Van Vleck hall, room B139.


! Important announcement: We will begin preparing you for the Putnam exam earlier this year. The material covered will be presented gradually. More details will be explained to you during your first meeting of this semester (Feb 6th). We put together a Piazza account that will help the participants to discuss and collaborate with their pairs. Here is the link you need to access in order to register for this "class": piazza.com/wisc/fall2018/putnam2018 . Our intervention on Piazza will be minimal (some of the instructors will, from time to time, visit the piazza questions and provide some help). Also, based on your requests, we have decided to structure our meetings in a way that will provide more insight on methods and certain tricks that are very often used in this type of math competitions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.

If this material is completely new to you then read through the definitions in the first section and try the interspersed exercises which are direct applications of the definitions. If you are familiar with the basic material then review the problem solving strategies and the example problems which directly utilize the techniques. Finally, if you are a veteran, go ahead and jump right to the exercises!

  • February 27: Alex: Review results from 2/20. Bring written solutions and/or be prepared to present your
  • March 6th: Mihaela
  • March 13: Mihaela

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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. The first meeting will be on the 26th of September in Van Vleck hall, room B139.

! Important announcement: We put together a Piazza account that will help the participants to discuss and collaborate with their pairs. Here is the link you need to access in order to register for this "class": piazza.com/wisc/fall2018/putnam2018 . Our intervention on Piazza will be minimal (some of the instructors will, from time to time, visit the piazza questions and provide some help). Also, based on your requests, we have decided to structure our meetings in a way that will provide more insight on methods and certain tricks that are very often used in this type of math competitions. The book we will mainly use as a guide in preparing our meetings is: "Putnam and Beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu.


  • September 26: topic Introductory meeting by Mihaela Ifrim. We covered only the first 3 problems. I encourage you to work out all the problems!
  • October 27: Virginia Tech Math Contest: 9-11:30am in VV B115.
  • November 21: No meeting: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 1: Putnam Competition! Starts at 9am!!!! The competition will take place December 1st 2018 (Saturday December 1st). The competition is administered in two sessions (A and B) on the same day, December 1st! Session A will start at 9 am and it will end at 12pm, and Session B will start at 2pm and it will end at 5pm. You should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to each session. You should bring your own pencils and pens (blue or black ink are permitted). Number 2 pencils with erasers will be needed to complete the identification forms. Erasers are also permitted, but nothing else will not be allowed in the exam room. I plan on bringing 20 such no 2 pencils. The exam room is B239 which is a class room located in Van Vleck Hall, at the level B2. Thank you all for participating and see you all there! If you have friends that would like to take the exam please encourage them to do so.

Spring 2018

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