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The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 1985-2000: Problems, Solutions, and Commentary (MAA Problem Book Series) Paperback – September 18, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0883858073 ISBN-10: 088385807X

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Product Details

  • Series: MAA Problem Book Series
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (September 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088385807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883858073
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The book will be invaluable for anybody with an interest in mathematical competitions or just trying his or her hand at challenging Mathematics at university level. All theories begin with simple, easy to state and beautiful problems and this book has an abundant supply of those.' The London Mathematical Society

'Each chapter solves several realistic problems while introducing the modelling optimization techniques and simulation as required. This allows readers to see how the methods are used, making it easier to grasp the basics.' CERN Courier

Book Description

This collection of problems from the William Lowell Putnam Competition is unlike the two previous volumes: it places the problems in the context of important mathematical themes. The authors highlight connections to other problems and to more advanced topics. It will appeal to students, teachers and anyone interested in problem solving.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By wp on December 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not much can be said about this book: you get exactly what you have in mind. First part of the book lists every problem from 1985-2000 Putnam exams, the second part provides hints to each of the problems in case you are stuck. The last part contains detailed solution(s) to every problem. It is an excellent book... Good luck on the test if you will be taking it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bal gombak on February 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I did Putnam in 2002 and solved 6 full problems. The future Putnam competitor should make it a point to consult past Putnam problems to successfully make the switch from olympiad problems to the Putnam. Not that it is a big change, but to do well in Putnam you have to know at least some basic trick in calculus, analysis and such. This is a good starting point in making that transition.
On a whole another level, even research mathematicians (problem solver type) can benefit from the 'tricks' and nuances of the 'toy' problems (e.g Putnam problems) in honing their problem solving instinct.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Sharma on December 5, 2010
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The book provides multiple alternate solutions, remarks, generalizations and even references to other similar problems in Putnam Exams and other competitive exams.

I loved the book. The only turn off was that the solutions are not helpful for a person not acquainted with the basic theorems and mathematical jargon. I, being a physics major did not know what Euler's Totient function is for instance.

The solutions are not robust (step by step) but rather terse.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
problems and answers are clearly explicated. great for studying or just satisfying your curiosity
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