Math 5000 Putnam Seminar


Instructors: Mladen Bestvina, Kurt Vinhage

Office: JWB 210

Office Hours: after class or by appointment

Some Textbooks:
Problem Solving Strategies, by Arthur Engel,
The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, by Paul Zeitz
Problem Solving Through Problems, by Loren Larson
Winning Solutions, by Lozansky and Rousseau

There are also many other resources on the web.

Time: Th 10:45-11:35

Room: LCB 222


The course is a preparation for the William Lowell Putnam Competition and for the Intermountain Math Contest. In a typical class we will be solving problems of the kind that typically come up in math contests. The students taking the class are expected to have passion for thinking about math.

You can contact me by email.




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