You will be expected to attend the Zoom meeting each week. The class will meet online on Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:15 PM, but if you take this course, you must also be available from 10AM to 6 PM on Saturday December 5, 2020 to compete in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This will be your final exam for the course.
As the semester is about to start, this update appeared:
81ST PUTNAM COMPETITION UPDATE 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 February Putnam will not be part of the course, although students will be encouraged to compete for their own benefit. Course adjustment will be announced soon.
The main focus of the course will be to solve interesting, challeging mathematics problems. Here is one of the problems from the 2013 competition:
|Recall that a regular icosahedron is a convex polyhedron having 12 vertices and 20 faces; the faces are congruent equilateral triangles. On each face of a regular icosahedron is written a nonnegative integer such that the sum of all 20 integers is 39. Show that there are two faces that share a vertex and have the same integer written on them.|
Kiran S. Kedlaya, Bjorn Poonen, Ravi Vakil, The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 1985-2000: Problems, Solutions, and Commentary (MAA Problem Book Series), 2002, ISBN: 088385807X
To earn a grade in this course you will need to do the following:
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