# Difference between revisions of "William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition"

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The '''William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition''' is a highly challenging, proof-oriented [[mathematics competition]] for undergraduate students in North America. | The '''William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition''' is a highly challenging, proof-oriented [[mathematics competition]] for undergraduate students in North America. | ||

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*Putnam fellows | *Putnam fellows | ||

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*The next top ten individuals | *The next top ten individuals | ||

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*Next Ten Individuals | *Next Ten Individuals | ||

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== Problem Books == | == Problem Books == | ||

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== Resources == | == Resources == | ||

− | * [http://www.unl.edu/amc/a-activities/a7-problems/ | + | * [http://www.unl.edu/amc/a-activities/a7-problems/putnamindex.shtml Putnam Archive] on the [[AMC]] website. |

* [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/index.php?f=80 The Putnam Forum] at [[AoPS]]. | * [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/index.php?f=80 The Putnam Forum] at [[AoPS]]. | ||

* [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/resources.php?c=2&cid=23 Putnam problem and solution database] in the [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/resources.php AoPS Contest Database]. | * [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/resources.php?c=2&cid=23 Putnam problem and solution database] in the [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/resources.php AoPS Contest Database]. | ||

* [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/AoPS_R_A_HowWrite.php How to Write a Solution] by [[Richard Rusczyk]] & [[user:MCrawford | Mathew Crawford]]. | * [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/AoPS_R_A_HowWrite.php How to Write a Solution] by [[Richard Rusczyk]] & [[user:MCrawford | Mathew Crawford]]. | ||

* [[List of United States college mathematics competitions]] | * [[List of United States college mathematics competitions]] | ||

+ | * [[Putnam historical results]] | ||

[[Category:Mathematics competitions]] | [[Category:Mathematics competitions]] |

## Revision as of 20:55, 20 December 2007

The **William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition** is a highly challenging, proof-oriented mathematics competition for undergraduate students in North America.

Top scoring students on the Putnam exam are named Putnam Fellows.

## Contents

## The Competition

The **Putnam Exam** is a two-session undergraduate exam in which there are 3 hours in each sitting with a 2-hour lunch break between them. There are 6 problems in each session. It is usually held once a year on the first Saturday of December.
Each problem is graded on a scale of 0-10. This makes a perfect score of 120.
The top five scorers (more if there are ties) on the exam are named "Putnam Fellows."

Each school chooses three students before the contest to be the official school Putnam team. The team rankings are determined by adding the ranks (not the scores) of the three students on the team -- thus, a school whose team members placed 1st, 2nd and 20th would place lower than a school whose team members placed 6th, 7th and 8th.

A person may take the Putnam Exam a maximum of four times.

## Placings and Prizes

The prizes are as follows:

### Individuals

- Putnam fellows
- <dollar/>2,500

- The next top ten individuals
- <dollar/>1,000

- Next Ten Individuals
- <dollar/>250

### Teams

- First Place team
- Team members recieve $1,000
- School recieves $25,000

- Second Place Team
- Team members recieve 800
- School recieves $20,000

- Third Place Team
- Team members recieve $600
- School recieves $15,000

- Fourth Place Team
- Team members recieves $400
- School recieves $10,000

- Fifth Place Team
- Team members recieve $200
- School recieves $5,000

- Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize- The Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize will be awarded periodically to a woman whose performance in the competition has been deemed particularly meritorious. This prize would be in addition to any other prize she might otherwise win. Women contestants, to be eligible for this prize, must specify their gender.
- $1,000

## Problem Books

- 1938-1964 -- A good book for students just learning to solve Putnam Problems.
- 1965-1984
- 1985-2000 by Kiran Kedlaya, Bjorn Poonen, and Ravi Vakil. The three authors are among the most successful Putnam participants of all time.