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December 2021

Where do Putnam problems come from? (Prof. Andrew Bernoff)

December 8 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Title: Where do Putnam problems come from? Speaker: Andrew Bernoff, Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College Abstract: The William Lowell Putnam Exam is the preeminent mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the United States and Canada. I recently finished a three year stint on the competition’s problem committee. This talk is a personal reflection on where Putnam problems come from. I’ll discuss three problems which can loosely be described as: a mathematician’s viewpoint on axe throwing, a model for how…

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