The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 2001

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2001.

It is a challenging opportunity for you to test your mathematical mettle. In the 2000 competition, 2818 individuals participated, representing 434 colleges and universities across Canada and the U.S.

Stanford placed seventh, and many individuals did very well.

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.)

If you might like to try the Putnam, please let me know as soon as possible, definitely by November 7. The preliminary list of competitors has already been submitted, but I can send in changes as late as early November. If you need to take the exam at a different time, please let me know as soon as possible as well.


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