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2016 Freshman Prize Information
2016 Rochester Olympiad Information (Sat. February 6, 2016)
Announcements
We will be meeting regularly
starting Wednesday Sep. 16, 2015
during the Fall semester at 4:45 in the Malott fifth floor lounge. (Light refreshments will be served.)
 Wed. Sep. 16
 First Meeting  Introductory information and some "Fun Problems."
 Wed. Sep. 23
 Polynomials Announcement with some optional suggested readings in Putnam and Beyond
 Wed. Sep. 30
 Number Theory Announcement with some optional suggested readings in Putnam and Beyond
 Wed. Oct 7
 Algebra and Linear Algebra
 Wed. Oct. 14
 Combinatorics
 Wed. Oct. 21
 Integration and Summation
 Wed. Oct. 28
 Recursion and Functional Equations
 Wed. Nov. 4
 Probability
 Wed. Nov. 11
 Geometry
 Wed. Nov. 18
 Inequalities
 Wed. Dec. 2
 Writing Up Solutions
The 2015 Putnam was Saturday Dec 5 from 10 to 1 and 3 to 6
in Malott 251.
A very nice Putnam preparation book is
Putnam and Beyond
by Razvan Gelca and Titu
Andreescu.
On campus, just clicking the above link will get you to
the book. Off campus, the following webpages from the Cornell library
explain how Cornell Community members can access the book as well:
Other good problem books available this way as well as information
about the whole range of newly accessible materials are in the electronic links below:
The Math Library has the following (physical) books on reserve during the Fall
in a Putnam Section:
Putnam and Beyond/ Gelca, Razvan, Andreescu, Titu (Our Prime Reference)
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition problems, solutions, and commentary : 19852000 /Kedlaya, Poonen, Vakil (Beautifully Put Together)
Problemsolving strategies / Engel (Very Valuable )
Problem solving through problems /Larson, Loren C. (Very Valuable)
102 Combinatorial Problems/Andreescu, Titu
103 Trigonometry Problems/Andreescu
104 Number Theory Problems : from the training of the USA IMO team / Andreescu, Titu
A First Step to Mathematical Olympiads/ Holton
A Second Step to Mathematical Olympiad Problems/ Holton
CauchySchwarz Master Class : an introduction to the art of mathematical inequalities / Steele, J. Michael
Complex Numbers from A to Z/ Andreescu
Differential Equations : A dynamical systems approach / Hubbard, John H.
Geometric Problems on Maxima and Minima / Andreescu, Titu
Index to Mathematical Problems, 19751979 / Rabinowitz
Index to Mathematical Problems, 19801984 / Rabinowitz
Mathematical Olympiad Challenges/Andreescu
Number Theory Structures, Examples, and Problems/Andreescu
Polynomials / Barbeau, Edward
Primer for Mathematics Competitions/ Zawaira
The Red Book of Mathematical Problems/ Williams, Kenneth
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition : problems and solutions, 19381964 /Gleason
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Problems and Solutions: 19651984/Alexanderson
(This might help give you an idea of what you might get out of our
regular Wednesday practices.)
Practice Putnam Exam 2010
Practice Putnam Exam 2008
2015's Putnam practices will be organized by
Prof. Shokrieh, Prof. Frick, Prof. Collins, and Dr. Back.
Last Update: January 4, 2016
 Email to
 putnam@math.cornell.edu
 is one way to be added to our
Putnam preparation mailing list and registered for the exam.
One of the most beautiful Putnam preparation books is the 19852000 collection
by Kiran S. Kedlaya, Bjorn Poonen, and Ravi Vakil. Available from the MAA
or e.g. Amazon.
Older Materials
Some Resources
 William Lowell Putnam Competition Archive Backup Site
 Excellent source for solutions 1995present. (New Backup Site created by Kiran Kedlaya; identified March 2014.)
 John Scholes Putnam Problems
 Huge and amazingly complete, but with rephrasings due to copyright needs, and often brief solutions
 (Original Link http://www.kalva.demon.co.uk/putnam.html no longer working but there is the Wayback machine.)
 Wayback Machine with Archives of the Web from the Past
 John Scholes IMO site
 International Math Olympiad Problems are sometimes at a similar level to Putnam ones.
 (Link to http://www.kalva.demon.co.uk/imo.html no longer working)
 Currently Working Copy of John Scholes Site
 Dave Rusin's Putnam Page
 Official Awards Site
 Official Website for Putnam Competition
 American Mathematical Monthly via JSTOR
 Archives here contain annual writeups (e.g. Oct. 8587, 89, 9398) of the competition. More months listed here.
 wuriddles.com
 International Mathematics Competition for University Students (Lots of interesting problems and solutions) (New)
 Prof. Kahan's Berkeley Preparation Notes
 Many years worth in one place.
 International Mathematics Competition
for University Students
 Canadian IMO Site
 IMO Compendium
 IMO Compendium Olympiad Training Materials
 Putnam Fellow
 from the Wikipedia. Includes some interesting historical information.
 Email to
 putnam@math.cornell.edu
 will be forwarded to this year's local organizers.
(Farbod Shokrieh, Florian Frick, Dan Collins, and Allen Back)