Time |
Location |
Instructor |
Office Hours |
E-mail |

M 16:50-18:05 | Hylan 1106A | Dan-Andrei Geba | TR 11:00-12:00 or by appointment, Hylan 806 | dangeba@math.rochester.edu |

This class is primarily aimed at students with an interest in the problem solving approach to mathematics, and, in particular, at participants in college-level mathematics contests such as:

**The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition**(83rd edition, 12/3);**Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest**(42nd edition, 10/22).

- our background of problem-solving techniques;
- our reaction time to decide upon a suitable strategy to solve a certain type of problem;
- our writing skills needed for mathematical arguments.

The grade for this course is entirely based on a number of written assignments. **Out of the 6 assignments, only the best 5 will count towards your course grade. There will be no make-up homework.
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**The homework should be turned in on paper by the start of the following lecture**.

You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the University of Rochester's academic honesty policy. Any violation of academic honesty will be pursued according to the specified procedures.

1. The following books on problem solving can be found as e-books on the website of the University of Rochester libraries:

- "Putnam and beyond" by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu;
- "Problem-solving strategies" by Arthur Engel.

2. You might also find useful the largest online forum dedicated to problem solving, Art of Problem Solving.

Date |
Lecture topic |
Written assignment |

9/5 | Organizational, introductory Zoom meeting; Notes. | |

9/19 | Calculus (Handout) | Homework 1 (due 10/3) |

10/3 | Calculus (Handout) | Homework 2 (due 10/17) |

10/17 | Multivariable calculus (Handout) | Homework 3 (due 10/31) |

10/31 | Multivariable calculus (Handout) | Homework 4 (due 11/14) |

11/14 | Polynomials (Handout) | Homework 5 (due 11/28) |

11/28 | Linear Algebra (Handout) | Homework 6 (due 12/12) |

12/12 | Discussion of the Putnam competition |