George Mason University
Putnam Competition Study Group
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition
is North America's premier Mathematics competition for college students. The competition takes place
on the first Saturday in December each year and consists of a total of 12 math problems given in
morning and afternoon sessions. The exams are taken individually but groups of students can form
teams from their university and compete for fame, fortune and bragging rights.
- 2014 Virginia Tech Competition: Saturday October 25:
9am to 11:30am (Exploratory Hall, 4th floor)
Contact Dan Anderson (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating.
- 2014 Putnam Competition: Saturday, December 6, 10am to 1pm AND 3pm to 6pm (Exploratory Hall, 4th floor).
IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST CONTACT Dan Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) TO GET REGISTERED BY
- Putnam practice sessions: Friday 4:30pm-5:30pm (Exploratory Hall, 4th floor).
These are informal meetings where we get together to work on past Virginia Tech and
Putnam competition problems or other related math problems in order to prepare for this year's competitions.
Here is photo from the Putnam Competition, Fall 2010.
- The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has an online site below devoted to the Putnam exam
MAA Putnam Link
- The American Mathematical Monthly publishes the previous year's
Putnam exams, with solutions, each October or November.
Also published by the MAA is The Mathematics Magazine, each issue of
which contains a problem section. Each summer, the most recent
Putnam exam is also published here, with different solutions.
The library also has books on problems and problem solving;
in particular, look under those with call numbers beginning with QA 43.
Those interested in learning more about these mathematics competitions and forming a group
at GMU to meet periodically, study together and compete should contact one of the faculty members listed below.
Prof. Daniel M. Anderson (email: email@example.com)
Prof. James Lawrence (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last Revised February, 2013