The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 2002

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2002.

It is a challenging opportunity for you to test your mathematical mettle. In the 2001 competition, 2954 individuals participated, representing 453 colleges and universities across Canada and the U.S. Stanford placed fifth, and many individuals did very well.

The results have arrived! A second banner year in a row! The results are here.

The competition emphasizes ingenuity rather than knowledge, so freshmen are not at much of a disadvantage compared to seniors. Interest in or experience with problem solving is a plus. Not just math majors have done well; some recent winners have come from nearby disciplines, including physics, computer science, and engineering.

Completely solving even one of the twelve problems is a significant achievement, and in most years would place you well above the median. (Keep in mind that the particpants are self-selected from among the best in the continent.)


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