Fall 2015 MATH 191 001 SEM

Experimental Courses in Mathematics
Schedule: 
SectionDays/TimeLocationInstructorCCN
001 SEMTuTh 330-5P 385 LECONTEZHANG, Y54329
Units/CreditFinal Exam GroupEnrollment
420: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2015 7-10PLimit:35 Enrolled:13 Waitlist:0 Avail Seats:22 [on 10/04/15]
Additional Information: 

Prerequisites: For this class, I assume you have an intermediate background in proof-writing and solving mathematical problems. One way would be to have taken Math 55, but ideally you also would have taken or are co-taking something like Math 113 or 104. Experience in high school mathematics competitions which involve proof-writing would be another way. If you are somewhat behind on these prerequisites but are willing to learn quickly and put in some hours, you will do fine.

Syllabus:

Historically, this is the Putnam Workshop, which seeks to prepare students for the Putnam Mathematical Competition. This particular incarnation will treat the Putnam as a means and not an end. The focus will be on improving domain-general problem-solving ability through using the Putnam as case study. The material will come from a variety of sources, including the Putnam itself, high-school math Olympiads (which are usually more intricate!), tech interview questions, etc. 

The students are expected to take part in the real Putnam Exam. 

Office: 813 Evans Hall

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Grading: Most of the grading will come from classroom participation, as expected in a seminar format. 

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