## The Putnam Competition

The **William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition**, hosted by the Mathematical Association of America, is an annual math contest written by undergraduate students across North America. The top individual prize is $2500 and almost certainly a full scholarship for grad school at any university in the world. The top team prize is $25000 for the winning university.

The competition is written annually on the first Saturday in December. Our time zone writes between 8 AM and 4 PM.

For more info about the contest and its history, see the Official Contest page and the Wikipedia page.

## The UFV Putnam Club

**The UFV Putnam Club meets weekly during Fall semesters.**

You may attend the meetings without planning to write the contest, and you may write the contest without having attended any of the meetings. In order to write the contest, though, you must be registered as a participant by early October, or take the place of another registered participant by mid-November.

Note that the 2020 Putnam Contest overall was cancelled due to COVID. While the 2021 Putnam Contest did run, the UFV Putnam Club didn't come together in Fall of 2021 due to COVID. We hope to return regular weekly meetings and contest participation (ie. the good old days) in Fall 2022!

For more info about the UFV Putnam Club meetings, and/or to register as a participant in the 2022 competition, contact Ian Affleck at ian.affleck@ufv.ca

The *in-it-2-win-it* **2019 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Tanner Boos
- Emily Ell

The *seven-deadly-sines* **2018 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Tanner Boos
- Chris Brechin
- Carson Chambers
- Timothy Dirks
- Emily Ell
- Desiree Epp
- Rebecca Robertson

The *back-4-more* **2017 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Colin Baird
- Tanner Boos
- Shane Callander
- Dillon Duncan

The *pen-tagonal* **2016 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Tanner Boos
- Shane Callendar
- Dillon Duncan
- Cameron Grant
- Miranda Louwerse

The *even luckier seven* **2015 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Shane Callendar
- Cameron Grant
- Joseph Haddad
- Robert Haycock
- Miranda Louwerse
- Raynah McIvor
- Benjamin Tremblay

The *lucky seven* **2014 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Etienne Dreyer
- Dillon Duncan
- Robert Haycock
- Miranda Louwerse
- Raynah McIvor
- Emily Scoular
- Benjamin Tremblay

The *strength-in-numbers* **2013 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Sung il Anh
- Meldon Deglint
- Kevin Kobes
- Miranda Louwerse
- Brie Mackovic
- Ryan Peck
- Emily Scoular
- Juffrey Suchinsky
- Kenneth Vanderlinde
- Aaron Wijngaarden
- Yulong (David) Zhang

The *stealthy* **2012 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Brendan Bulthuis (4th year math major)
- Aaron Wijngaarden(3rd year math major)

The *undeterred* **2011 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Sung il Anh (Grade 9, Yale Secondary School)
- Christopher Dugdale (4th year math major)
- Emily Scoular (2nd year math major)
- Kenneth Vanderlinde (3rd year math major)

The *first-come-first-served* **2010 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Evan Cook (2nd year physics major)
- Slava Minin (4th year computing science major)
- Kenneth Vanderlinde (2nd year math major)
- Matthew Wiersma (4th year math major)

## Practice problems

- View an archive of all Putnam competitions from 1985-2011 with solutions from 1995-2014.
- Visit a discussion forum on some previous problems and solutions.
- Find books with previous Putnam problems and solutions

The following two PDF documents contain some introductory problems, and many of the easier Putnam problems from recent years. They are a good place to start looking for friendly and do-able problems. (Thanks to Chris Dugdale for tracking down these documents.)

- Easy Putnam Problems (Relatively speaking, that is)
- Putnam Training Problems 2005

This file is awesome. Following several dozen problems which are categorized by solution style, there are short hints for each, then solutions for each.

## Course Notes

The following files were compiled by Anna Kuczynska as course notes for the first three main topics that we covered in Fall 2010: The Principle of Mathematical Induction, The Pigeonhole Principle, and Inequalities.