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Putnam Competition 2012

Wilfrid Laurier Putnam Training

Here is the announcement we sent to all the math undergraduate students.

Official website

From the Official website, the Putnam competition this year will be on Saturday, December 1st, 2012.
There will be two sessions. The first is 9:00 am -- 12:00 noon and the second is 2:00 pm -- 5:00 pm.


Dr. Shengda Hu

Office: BA547
Phone: 519-8840710x2223


For the competition:

You need to email me by NOON October 1st.

For the training sessions:

You don't have to register to attend the training sessions. On the other hand, if you do prepare to participate in the Putnam Competition, then you should register, as it will be very helpful for your preparation.

To register, please print and fill out the form, and submit it by NOON September 20th.

Schedule (for training sessions)

The time will be 4:00 -- 5:00pm. The room is N1058, Science Building. The following table gives the rough outline of the sessions.


The following is a tentative (meaning the order or content of the sessions might change) list of sessions. The topics will roughly follow the book "Putnam and Beyond" (it can be downloaded in its entirety here). Depending on the time available, not all topics will be covered.

To get the most out of these sessions, it is important to prepare for the topics that will be covered before coming to them, and work as many problems as possible afterwards. Reading the examples and trying some of the problems would be a good way to prepare. You need to understand your weakness in order to get stronger.

Date Instructor
Sept. 24th Dr. E. Wang Introduction, problems from past competitions, sequences and series
Oct. 1st Dr. K. Zhao Algebra: Identities and Inequalities, Polynomials
Oct. 8th
Thanksgiving, no session
Oct. 15th Dr. C. Sloss Combinatorics and Probability: Combinatorial arguments, Binomial coefficients and Counting methods, Probability
Oct. 22nd Dr. L. Howe Number theory: Integer-valued sequences and functions, Arithmetic
Oct. 29th Dr. E. Wang Number theory: Diophantine equations
Nov. 5th Dr. M. Santoprete Real analysis: Continuity, Derivatives and Integrals
Nov. 12th Dr. A. Metzler Real analysis: Multivariable differential and integral calculus, Equations with functions as unknowns
Nov. 19th Dr. P. Zhang Geometry and trignometry
Nov. 26th Dr. E. Wang
Topics on combinatorics
Dec. 1st (Sa)
Dr. S. Hu COMPETITION !! At room BA403


Three students took part in both sessions of the competition on December 1st, 2012. The results will be available late March.

If you email me I can send you a copy of the problems. There are 6 problems for each 3 hour session, come to a total of 12 problems.


(Please report broken links)

Problems and books

A very nice book: Putnam and Beyond by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu
MAA AMC Putnam problems page
Web archive image of the well-known Math competition site by John Scholes.
Putnam problems from (Up to 64th, with solutions)

Putnam at other places (and other times):

Stony Brooks (06)
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Shengda Hu
28 August 2012

Last edited/updated: November 22nd, 2012

Related Information Title Type
2012 Putnam and Beyond Document
2012 Registration form 2012 Document