Math 299, Fall 2006

Problem Solving in Mathematics


Course description: This course is designed to help students prepare for the Putnam Examination, a national competition held each December. Each week, you'll be assigned six problems to work on outside of class. We'll spend the class time discussing the solutions to those problems and introducing the six new ones for the coming week. YOU ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE ALL OF THE PROBLEMS PRESENTED!!!! Click here for a more detailed schedule

Instructor: Barry Balof

Office: 236 Olin Hall

Location: 246 Olin Hall Time (tentative): Thursday at 12

Recommended Books: Challenging Mathematical Problems with Elementary Solutions by Yaglom and Yaglom

Homework: Homework will be posted here . You need not turn in any exercises for credit. I will be happy to critique any work that you'd like to hand in throughout the semester.

Putnam Exam: First Saturday in December, 8AM-4PM. See here for more details, or here for a history of past problems.

Grading: 85% Class Attendance, 15% Putnam Attendance

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