MATH 409
The Little Questions Fall 2022
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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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.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 1471
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Homework, exams, presentations.
Prerequisites: Real Analysis (either Math 350 or 351) and Abstract Algebra (Math 355), or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Math/stat senior majors
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This is a 400 level math class.

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