General Information on the Putnam:
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada. The Putnam Competition takes place annually on the first Saturday of December (December 7th this year - yes, during the exam period). The competition consists of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. During each session, participants work individually on 6 challenging mathematical problems.
The Putnam began in 1938 as a competition between mathematics departments at colleges and universities. Now the competition has grown to be the leading university-level mathematics examination in the world. Although participants work independently on the problems, there is a team aspect to the competition as well. Each institution with at least three participants identifies three participants who comprise its team. Prizes are awarded to the participants with the highest scores and to the departments of mathematics of the five institutions whose teams obtain the highest rankings.
The competition is open only to regularly enrolled undergraduates, in colleges and universities of the United States and Canada, who have not yet received a college degree. No individual may participate in the competition more than four times. Each problem is graded on a basis of 0 to 10 points. All the necessary work to justify an answer and all the necessary steps of a proof must be shown clearly to obtain full credit. Some partial credit may be given, but only when a contestant has shown significant and substantial progress toward a solution.
The YorkU training sessions for the 2019 Putnam Competition will be held on Tuesdays in Ross N638 from 5:30-6:30, starting September 17th. Each training session will centre around a specific mathematical theme. We will begin with discussing necessary concepts, techniques, and strategies, and a set of related problems will be given. Students will have some time to solve the problems during the session and will try to solve the remaining problems at home. The session will end with students presenting solutions to the problems from either the current or previous session.
Training Materials are available during the Fall Semesters.
John Schole's Website contains all problems and solutions to the Putnam exams between 1938 and 2003.
Kiran Kedlaya's Website contains all problems and solutions to the Putnam exams between 1995 and the present.