The William Lowell Putnam Examination is a nationwide competition in Mathematics at the level of freshman calculus. It will be held this year on December 6th, 2014.

Putnam Examination practice sessions meet on Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, in Compton Hall's room 241 at Washington University in St. Louis. The first meeting is Friday, September 5, at 4:00 pm. Feel free to drop in, learn problem solving methods and enjoy the free pizza. Session dates are: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5

More sample problems:

- "Let
*f*and*g*be real-valued functions defined on an open interval containing*O*, with*g*nonzero and continuous at*O*. If*fg*and*f/g*are differentiable at*O*, must*f*be differentiable at*O*?" - "Given a triangle with vertices A, B, C, reflect A across B to A', reflect B across C to B', and reflect C across A to C'. What is the ratio of the areas of triangle A'B'C' and triangle ABC? "
- "Suppose that
*x*and*y*are real numbers strictly between*O*and 1. Prove that x+ y^{y}> 1."^{x}

Contacts for this workshop are Professor Renato Feres (room 17, Cupples I Hall) and Professor Bender (room 360, Compton Hall).

Another competition, directly related to the Putnam, is the Virginia Tech run VTRMC Mathematics Contest?

Contact Professor Ari Stern for details.

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— Math news, stories, videos, and interviews by Marie C. Taris.