*Information taken from the Math and Statistics website.*

**The Putnam Competition**

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.

For more info about the contest and its history, see the Official Contest page and the Wikipedia page.

**The UFV Putnam Club**

**The 2013 UFV Putnam Club met on Tuesdays, Sept 17 – Dec 3 inclusive in room A 402.** The 2013 Putnam competition will take place on Saturday, December 7, 8 AM – 4 PM.

For more info about the UFV Putnam Club meetings, and/or to register as a participant in the 2013 competition, contact Ian Affleck at ian.affleck@ufv.ca

The **2012 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Brendan Bulthuis (4th year math major)
- Aaron Wijngaarden(3rd year math major)

Here are the competition questions that they were faced with: Part A , Part B

The **2011 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Sung il Anh (Grade 9, Yale Secondary School)
- Christopher Dugdale (4th year math major)
- Emily Scoular (2nd year math major)
- Kenneth Vanderlinde (3rd year math major)

Here are the competition questions that they were faced with: Part A , Part B

The **2010 UFV Putnam Team** was:

- Evan Cook (2nd year physics major)
- Slava Minin (4th year computing science major)
- Kenneth Vanderlinde (2nd year math major)
- Matthew Wiersma (4th year math major)

**Practice Problems**

An archive of some previous problems and solutions can be found here:

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/viewforum.php?f=80

Books with previous Putnam problems and solutions are available here:

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Store/contests.php?contest=putnam

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.)

- Easy Putnam Problems (Relatively speaking, that is)
- Putnam Training Problems 2005

This file is awesome. Following several dozen problems which are categorized by solution style, there are short hints for each, then solutions for each.

**Course Notes**

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.