The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, hosted by the Mathematical Association of America, is an annual math contest written by undergraduate students across North America. The top individual prize is $2500 and almost certainly a full scholarship for grad school at any university in the world. The top team prize is $25000 for the winning university.
The competition is written annually on the first Saturday in December. Our time zone writes between 8 AM and 4 PM.
The UFV Putnam Club meets weekly during Fall semesters.
You may attend the meetings without planning to write the contest, and you may write the contest without having attended any of the meetings. In order to write the contest, though, you must be registered as a participant by early October, or take the place of another registered participant by mid-November.
For more info about the UFV Putnam Club meetings, and/or to register as a participant in the 2018 competition, contact Ian Affleck at email@example.com
The back-4-more 2017 UFV Putnam Team was:
The pen-tagonal 2016 UFV Putnam Team was:
The even luckier seven 2015 UFV Putnam Team was:
The lucky seven 2014 UFV Putnam Team was:
The strength-in-numbers 2013 UFV Putnam Team was:
The stealthy 2012 UFV Putnam Team was:
The undeterred 2011 UFV Putnam Team was:
The first-come-first-served 2010 UFV Putnam Team was:
The following two PDF documents contain some introductory problems, and many of the easier Putnam problems from recent years. They are a good place to start looking for friendly and do-able problems. (Thanks to Chris Dugdale for tracking down these documents.)
The following files were compiled by Anna Kuczynska as course notes for the first three main topics that we covered in Fall 2010: The Principle of Mathematical Induction, The Pigeonhole Principle, and Inequalities.