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Register for the Putnam Competition

This year's William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

There will be two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. You must sit both sessions.

The room for the competition is LH 3058.


To register for the competition, email Associate Professor Shengda Hu by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Training Sessions

You don't have to register to attend the training sessions. On the other hand, if you do prepare to participate in the Putnam Competition, then you should register, as it will be very helpful for your preparation.

To register, please fill out the Putnam Training Session Registration Form as soon as possible.


The sessions will be on Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. at LH3053, starting from September 22.

The following is a tentative (meaning the order or content of the sessions might change) list of sessions. The topics will roughly follow the book Putnam and Beyond, which can be downloaded in its entirety. Depending on the time available, not all topics will be covered.

To get the most out of these sessions, it is important to prepare for the topics that will be covered before coming to them, and work as many problems as possible afterwards. Reading the examples and trying some of the problems would be a good way to prepare. You need to understand your weakness in order to get stronger.

  • Sept. 22: Introduction, problems from past competitions, geometry and trignometry.
    • Instructor: Professor Emeritus Edward Wang
  • Sept. 29: Algebra: identities and inequalities, polynomials.
  • Oct. 6: Sequences and series.
    • Instructor: Professor Emeritus Edward Wang
  • Oct. 13: Fall Reading Week, no session.
  • Oct. 20: Algebra: Linear algebra, matrix operations.
  • Oct. 27: Number theory: integer-valued sequences and functions, arithmetic, diophantine equations.
  • Nov. 3: Real analysis: limits and continuity.
  • Nov. 10: Real analysis: derivatives and integrals.
  • Nov. 17: Combinatorics: combinatorial arguments, binomial coefficients and counting methods.
  • Nov. 24: Real analysis: multivariable differential and integral calculus, equations with functions as unknowns.
  • Dec. 1: Probability: concepts and problems
  • Dec. 3 (Saturday): Competition! In Room LH3058


Putnam at Other Places (and Other Times)

Please report any broken links to shu@wlu.ca.

Putnam Competition Coordinators

Shengda Hu

E: shu@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2223
Office Location: LH3036

Chester Weatherby

E: cweatherby@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4142
Office Location: LH3043

Ping Zhang

E: pzhang@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2972
Office Location: LH3056