Instructors: Prof.
Francis Su and
Prof.
Nick Pippenger
Place & Time:
Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm in Beckman B126, starting September 11.
Webpage:
http://www.math.hmc.edu/~su/math191/
Each fall we run two versions of the
seminar:
- Putnam
Classic - This is the standard version of the seminar,
with a variety of problems at different levels. It is certainly
suitable for freshmen.
Typically, we give a short lecture on a subject, such as
induction, and then hand out a slate of problems. Students
work
in
small groups, and forty-five minutes later pizza arrives, and students
present solutions to the problems.
- Putnam TNG
- This
is a more advanced seminar
("TNG" stands for the "The Next Generation" -- a reference familiar to
the trekkies among you) oriented around exclusively Putnam
problems. Problems are handed out each week and the students are
expected to have worked at least one problem and to be ready to
present it in class.
Credit &
Requirements: All HMC
students are welcome to attend the seminar. You may register for Math
191 as a one credit course. To receive credit you must attend every
meeting of the seminar (with at
most one unexcused absence) and submit a written solution to a Putnam
problem by the end of the semester.