## Fall-20. Math 191 (class # 32456): Putnam Workshop

** Instructor: ** Alexander Givental

** Meetings: ** TuTh 2:00-3:30 in 736 Evans

This class will function as a problem-solving seminar intended, in the
first place, for those who plan to take the Putnam Exam, the US and Canada
math competition for college students. Our objectives will be to build
participant's confidence in solving challenging math problems and, more
importantly, to learn interesting mathematics, using materials of various
Mathematical Circles and Olympiads as motivation.

Normally, such seminars would have a form of interactive discussions or
real-time brainstorming. This might be harder to do in the Zoom version.
So, we'll have to experiment and decide in the flight what's the best mode
of in-class communication. I'd suggest that you, the participant, think
in advance of a way of sharing your screen on Zoom: either from a tablet,
or by using the iPhone camera directed to a sheet of paper where you can
write.

In Putnam Competitions, the participants are expected to be familiar with
some core material from Linear Algebra, Mathematical Analysis, and
Abstract Algebra.

It is a part of the plan to offer a few mini-courses
on some of these topics. However, I am teaching Math H110 and Math H113 this semester,
and if you feel ready, you are welcome to enroll there too.

There is no real basis for letter-grading in this seminar. So, I'd urge the
participants to change their grading option to P/NP (which is easier than
solving the namesake problem in the theory of algorithms)