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A small group at the Colorado School of Mines meets for problem-solving sessions to prepare for the Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (the Putnam) during the Fall semester.

The Seventy-Second Annual Putnam (click for brochure) will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. Last year, three Mines students participated. Please contact me by email (dlarue@mines.edu) or phone (303-273-3868), for information about participating. There is no charge.

- The
Putnam is
administered by the Mathematical
Association of America.

- 2010 Putnam Examination (PDF file)
- 2010 Putnam Examination (postscript file)
- 2010 Putnam Examination (LaTeX 2e file)
- 2010 Putnam Examination Solutions (PDF file)
- 2010 Putnam Examination Solutions (postscript file)
- 2010 Putnam Examination Solutions (LaTeX 2e file)

- archived exams (local).
- archived exams, solutions (AMC).
- archived exams, solutions (D. J. Bernstein).
- archived exams, solutions (Dave Rusin).
- archived exams, solutions (John Scholes, Wayback).

- William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (Wikipedia)
- William Lowell Putnam (Wikipedia)
- Photo, William Lowell Putnam
- Elizabeth Lowell Putnam (Wikipedia)
- The Harvard-United States Military Academy Mathematics Competition of 1933: Genesis of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, David C. Arney & George Rosenstein

- American Mathematics Competitions' William Lowell Putnam Competition Archive
- Wolfram's (Eric Weisstein's) World of Mathematics ("MathWorld")
- Mathematics Archive WWW Server
- IBM's Ponder This monthly puzzles
- Harvey Mudd College's Problem Solving and The Putnam Competition
- Putnam Competition at Cornell University
- dmoz's Open Directory Project's list of Mathematics Problem Archives
- Sloane's Handbook of Integer Sequences Online
- Wolfram|Alpha
- The American Mathematical Society hasn't anything to do with the Putnam, but people who do well on it end up there somehow anyway...

".ps" is postscript, Adobe's page markup language used my many higher-end printers, and ".tex" is Donald Knuth's "TeX", a page markup language optimized to producing good looking mathematical typeset pages. ".pdf" is another Adobe file type, intended for screen viewing and smaller than postscript. On this page are links to previous exams and solutions in these formats. A freely available viewer/interpreter for postscript is ghostscript/ghostview, available at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost. If any of you are considering specializing in highly mathematical fields (such as, well, Mathematics, but also, say, Physics), some familiarity with TeX may be a good idea -- many a thesis and paper for publication have been set in TeX (or one of the macro packages, such as LaTeX). TeX is freely available for a number of platforms, a good PC package is MiKTeX, available from any CTAN site such as http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/systems/win32/miktex/, or their home site at http://www.miktex.org/. Both of these are already installed on the PCs in the CTLM. As for pdf file, ghostview will view them, as well as Adobe's free Acrobat Reader from http://www.adobe.com/

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