Week 1 (9/4) 
Problem set 1  Pigeon
hole principle handout 
handout
from Berkeley 
Week 2 (9/11) 
Problem
set 2 
Mathematical
Induction handout 
handout from Berkeley 
Week 3 (9/18) 
Problem
set 3 
Series, and
sum
handout 
handout from Berkeley 
Week 4 (9/25) 
Problem
set 4 
Congruence
handout 
handout from Berkeley 
Week 5 (10/2) 
Problem set 5  Recurrence
handout 

Week 6 (10/9) 
no problem set 
Games, strategy, puzzle handout  midterm
practice problems 
Week 7 (10/16) 
no problem set, fall break 

Week 8 (10/23) 
Inequalities
handout 
handout from Berkeley  
10/28 
Va Tech Competition 

Week 9 (10/30) 
Problem
set 6 
Discussion of Va Tech problems 

Week 10 (11/6) 
Polynomial handout  handout from Berkeley 1 2  
Week 11 (11/13) 
Probability handout  2nd midterm
practice 

Week 12 (11/20) 
no class 

Week 13 (11/27) 
Discussion of 2nd practice
problems 

12/2 
Putnam Exam 

Week 14(12/4) 
Discussion of Putnam problems 
What is the Putnam Competition?
The Putnam Exam is a nationwide competetive exam given yearly to fulltime undergraduates (all majors are welcome) in the United States and Canada. It is voluntary, and problems are presented with clever and ingenious solutions.
What is the format of this test?
The Putnam Exam consists of two parts, each containing six problems. Contestants are given 3 hours to work on each part. The first session runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1pm, and the second from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.on the same day. You are not allowed to bring notes, books, or calculators.
When is it?
The competition is held on the first Saturday of December every year; this year, it is December 3, 2005.
What topics are covered on the Putnam Competition?
Geometry, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, linear algebra, combinatorics (counting), probability, number theory, complex numbers, differential equations, to name a few. Often, you will have to figure out what topic to use to answer a certain problem. The committee claims that every section contains two problems which only require algebra and cleverness, so you shouldn't be intimidated by this list.
How does the scoring work?
Each problem is worth 10 points, so you can potentially get 120 points. Partial credit is given, but typically this means 0, 1, 9, or 10 points for a problem. The median is usually 0 or 1 points. (That is, at least half of the students taking the test don't get any problems right.)
Created by Junping Shi, September 18th, 2004, Updated Fall 2006.