68th
Annual Putnam Exam

December
1, 2007

Students
interested in participating in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competiton
should notify Professor Brad Jackson (MH 316, Phone: 924-5129, Email: jackson@math.sjsu.edu)
by October 1. The competition is
open to regularly enrolled undergraduates who have not yet received a college
degree. The Putnam Exam is a
nationwide problem-solving competition that emphasizes problems in the first two
years of the mathematics curriculum (foundations of math, calculus, discrete
math, linear algebra, etc.). The
exam is designed to test originality as well as mathematical competence. Students that are interested in “preparing” for the exam
should participate in the Math dept. Problem of the Week competition.
Contact Professor Jackson about more information regarding the Putnam
Exam. He can also give you copies of old exams to look at. Old exams
and their solutions can also be found in the American Mathematical
Monthly. In last year's Putnam competition the team from SJSU placed 62nd
in the nation (out of 508 participating universities). Individual team
members, Cuong Dong placed 166th, and Siddartha Kanungo placed 501st (out of
3640 contestants).