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Archive for October 2nd, 2007

Mathiness

This term looks rather busy. I am taking two (possibly three) classes and teaching one. Blogging is likely to suffer as a result.

I am excited about the class I am teaching. It’s called “How to solve it” and teaches techniques for solving mathematical problems. It also doubles up as a training program for the Putnam competition. The Putnam, for those who don’t know, is an annual math competition for undergrads studying in the US. Compared to the IMO, the problems are similar (though somewhat easier) – however it offers significant monetary rewards (unlike the IMO). This last fact is exploited by our math department to fund our annual banquet, which is why I need to do a good job.

I am off to tea. Happy problem solving! 

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