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Link to current year's ProblemSolving Seminar
Putnam Mathematical
Competition Results (received
February 25, 2019) 

Individual 
Blake Tillman  11 points,
ranked 1055.5 out of 4623 
Virginia Tech Regional Math
Contest Results
(received November 17, 2018) 

Individual 
4 LSU students with positive
scores 
This
page contains information for students interested in undergraduate Mathematics
Competitions at LSU. A weekly ProblemSolving Seminar is held each Wednesday
evening in order to practice common techniques. Practice helps a great deal in
contest mathematics; LSU's best performers each year are usually students who
have been attending the ProblemSolving Seminar regularly (click here for more historical data). Students enrolled
in MATH 3903 (Methods of Problem Solving) are expected to attend every meeting
and meet the requirements described in the Syllabus. See the Flyer for more information on
the Seminar.
The Seminar meetings are also open to any undergraduate LSU student interested
in participating in mathematics competitions. We work on challenging problems
in a fun and informal environment  pizza and soft drinks are provided!
This year there are two fall competitions, both of which are written exams that
take place on the LSU campus (your work will then be mailed for grading).
If
you are interested in signing up for either contest, please contact Prof. Mahlburg (see below). You can sign up for the contests even
if you do not attend the ProblemSolving Seminar.
Meeting Information

Scheduled Time 
Room 
Weekly ProblemSolving Practice 
W 5:00  6:30 P.M. 
Lockett 3rd 
Virginia Tech Regional Math Contest 
Sat., Oct. 27, 8:30 A.M. 
11:30 A.M. 
Lockett Hall 232 
Putnam Exam 
Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30 A.M. 
5:00 P.M. 
Lockett Hall 232 
Organizer

Email 
Office 
Prof. Karl Mahlburg 
mahlburg@math.lsu.edu 
Lockett 320 
The
following links provide additional material for study, including problems,
solutions, strategies, and theory. The best way to improve your problemsolving
skills is to practice!
There is a large collection of problem sheets available on
the seminar websites from previous years:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
A
summary of LSU's performance since 2001 is available here.
Although the national median on the Putnam Competition is typically 0 or 1
points (out of 120), the median at LSU has been at least 2 points almost
every year since 2011 (exceeding the national median). Furthermore, the large majority
of LSU students since 2011 have earned positive scores.
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