Math Problem Solving Team
We meet Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00 in the Department Lounge, September 9 through November 30.
For an example session, see the notes from 25 Oct 2007
or 23 Sep 2004.
Students solve stimulating, challenging problems to integrate their
knowledge of several branches of mathematics, develop mathematical
reasoning, and perfect a repertoire of skills, strategies, and
heuristics. They work individually and in teams to analyze problems,
create models, formulate solutions, and communicate their solutions
to others in carefully constucted formal proofs. The problems require
much more than simple recall from memory, they cannot be solved
algorithmically, and they frequently require analysis from several
points of view and numerous false starts.
Students may compete individually and/or as a team in the Putnam Mathematical
Competition that takes place the first Saturday in December.
Resources on the web
- Problems of the week
- William Lowell Putnam. Mathematical Competition
- COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications
- Mathematical Olympiad (for high school students)
- MathArchives list of links for
Mathematics Contests, Competitions, and Problem Sets
- Puzzle pages
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
This file is located at http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mpst/