The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a day-long exam administered to college mathematics students in the United States and Canada every year on the first Saturday in December. The Putnam is given in two three hour sessions, each consisting of six problems. The Putnam is not a test of your mathematical knowledge, but rather of your problem solving skills. All of the problems can be solved using standard undergraduate mathematics. However, the problems are extraordinarily difficult; many people taking the Putnam cannot solve any of them!
The seventy-six annual Putnam exam will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015. On the day of the Putnam, the Bard Mathematics Program provides breakfast beforehand and pizza afterwards. Students interested in taking the 2015 Putnam exam should contact Amir Barghi. Good Luck!
Students interested in preparing for the Putnam should not study advanced theorems, but rather practice solving as many hard problems and past Putnam problems as they can find, and hone their proof writing. Courses that are particularly helpful for Putnam preparation are: