MATH 331 Fall 2014 The little Questions (Q)

Using math competitions such as the Putnam Exam as a springboard, in this class we follow the dictum of the Ross Program and "think deeply of simple things". The two main goals of this course are to prepare students for competitive math competitions, and to get a sense of the mathematical landscape encompassing elementary number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, and group theory (among others). While elementary frequently is not synonymous with easy, we will see many beautiful proofs and "a-ha" moments in the course of our investigations. Students will be encouraged to explore these topics at levels compatible with their backgrounds.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based primarily on homework, classwork, and exams
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Prerequisites: Linear algebra (MATH 250) or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: members or alternates of the Putnam team, MATH, PHYS or CSCI majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1515
MATH 331 - 01 (F) LEC The Little Questions (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Steven J. Miller
MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM Bronfman B34 1515
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