If you’d like to be one of the 3 representatives of Penn for the Putnam (you’d still be competing individually, the team members’ scores are used to rank the university, and if good enough win some fame and money), please come to take a test:
Friday September 30th, 4-5:30 in DRL 4N9.
This week’s practice session will be same place and time as before — Tuesday 4:30-6, DRL 4E19, and will be lead by Josh Rosenberg. The theme will be analysis and such problems.
The team will be determined with a test on Friday (actual registration materials will be sent October 5), please enter the doodle poll to select a time convenient for everyone: http://doodle.com/poll/vdfxrev3eu648zd6#table
Thematic problems from Putnam and beyond — MIT 18.S34
If you’d like to be on the team please vote in the following poll to determine a convenient time for all and have the test:
We went through problems A1, A2, B1, B4, B5 from the 2015 competition, as an intro to the exam. We also introduced generating functions and showed how to use them to solve (linear) recurrences.
Next sessions will be theme based.
The problems and solutions can be found here — Kedlaya’s Putnam archive .
This blog will keep track of our problem solving seminar meetings. The first meeting will be Tuesday September 20, at 4:30-6:00pm in DRL 4E19. All subsequent meetings will be lead by different people and at different times.
If you’d like to take the Putnam competition to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, please sign up by September 29 with Robin Toney in DRL 4W1 (Main Math office). We will have a test to determine the team a week before that deadline.
Participation in the competition and the seminar are not necessarily correlated, so feel free to come to either.