The Putnam Mathematical Competition**
**

**Date of Competition****Problem-Solving Class (Math342)****Putnam Preparation Sessions****Important Facts to consider****Useful Links****Faculty Members in Charge; contacts**

**Schedule and problems sets
for 2021 here**

**First
Saturday of December**;

session **A** from **8-11am**, session **B** from **1-4pm**.

Lunch will be provided for contestants between 11am and 1pm (This is pre-COVID).

IMPORTANT!

If your religious beliefs prevent you from taking the contest on a Saturday, you may take

the test after sundown the day before (we will have to ask for permission from the Contest

Directors, but they generally grant such requests, if submitted in a timely fashion). You will

have to make arrangements to stay under the supervision of a rabbi or clergyman from

8am on the day of the contest.

Problem-Solving Class (Math342)

**Students
interested in taking the exam are greatly encouraged to register for the special problem-solving class, ****Math342****.
Taking the class will involve mainly homework and board presentations,
and will be a fun way** **to connect to and work with
like-minded, mathematically inclined people, and learning problem-solving
skills in a more disciplined environment. For more information on this class,
click ****here****.
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**Each ****Monday ****from**** 6-8pm**** in ****Loew 201**** (for 2021) we
will hold 2-hour long preparation sessions, in which we will solve and discuss Putnam
problems, etc. If you are interested in the contest but not registered for Math
342, you definitely should try and attend these Monday evening sessions. **

The Putnam Competition has a very large student participation----over 4000
undergraduates, each year. The top 5 scorers receive first prize;
traditionally, this is achieved with around 90+ points out of the 120 possible.
Top 200 (which, given the number of participants, is quite a good ranking!) is
much easier to achieve: you only need about 40+ points, i.e., four problems
correctly solved and correctly written up. Top 100 is usually achieved with
five problems. Consider this: you get two three-hour sessions, each with six
problems to choose from, and all you need to do to achieve a really good
ranking is solve a couple of them during each session.

**Math342, "The Art of Problem Solving"**- Announcement poster.
- The
Official Site for the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
- The
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Archive.

**
Faculty Members** in
charge of the Putnam Preparation Sessions and Contest Administration:

- Professor
Julia Pevtsova
(julia@math.washington.edu)
- Dr. Jonah Ostroff ( ostroff@uw.edu)

**Registratiion**** for Putnam compatition: **Information
to be posted