Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:00 to 12:45
158 Benedum Hall
Abstract or Additional Information
In this talk, I shall give a detailed description of the Putnam seminar (MATH-1010), Fall 2017. The course teaches important skills in problem solving that are not taught in a systematic way in any other course. These skills are extremely valuable in preparing students for jobs and for graduate-level research. The teaching style will be a mixture of a lecture and a problem-solving session. By the end of this course, students should develop fundamental problem solving skills, and become accustomed to concentrating on a problem for an extended period of time. Indeed, this seminar concentrates on the raw creative problem-solving skills which can serve as an essential ingredient in almost every field of activity.
Ultimately, this seminar is designed to train the best math & science undergraduate students at Pitt for the most prestigious competition: The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.