The Putnam Mathematical Competition 2016** **

**Date of Competition****Problem-Solving Class (Math380)****Putnam Preparation Sessions****Important Facts to consider****Useful Links****Faculty Members in Charge; contacts****Problem sets**

Saturday, **December 3, 2016**;

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

Lunch will be provided for contestants between 11am and 1pm.

**LOCATION: **Math
Study Center, Communications
building, B-014.

IMPORTANT!

If your religious beliefs prevent you from taking the contest on a Saturday, you may take the test after sundown,back to top

on December 2nd (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 (Math380)

**This
year, the Putnam Prep will have a different format. Students interested in
taking the exam are greatly encouraged to register for
the special problem-solving class, ****Math380****. 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****.
You may also audit the class, but keep in mind that the true benefit of taking
the class will be solving homework problems and learning how to present
solutions, and that you are therefore better of by
registering for it. We will not grade solutions for people not officially
registered.
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**Each ****Monday****, starting October 5th, from**

**IMPORTANT!** **There will be a
diagnostic test on Monday, October 12th, from 6-8pm (during the evening
preparation session). This test is not connected to Math380---its purpose is to
establish the three members of UW's 2015 team. You MUST come to the test if you
wish to be on the team; however, since the Putnam is both an individual and a
team competition, not making the team does not prevent you in any way from
participating individually.**

The Putnam Competition has a very large student
participation----over 3000 undergraduates, each year. The top 5 scorers receive
first prize; traditionally, this is achieved with around 80 points out of the
120 possible (eight or more problems solved). Top 200 (which, given the number
of participants, is quite a good ranking!) is much easier to achieve: you only
need about 30 points, i.e., three or four problems correctly solved and
correctly written up. Top 100 is usually achieved with 4-5 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.

**Math380, "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
Ioana Dumitriu
(dumitriu@math.washington.edu)
- Professor
Julia Pevtsova
(julia@math.washington.edu)

*IMPORTANT!** **If
you wish to participate, you must register by e-mail with one of the two people
above.*