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To: Undergraduates of Mathematics

Re: The Putnam Contest

From: E.J. Barbeau

Communication No. 1

September 15, 2004

It is time to start thinking about the Putnam competition. All undergraduates, particularly in specialist programs and in engineering science, are invited to register (free of charge) for the competition.

The website still has last year's date, but if tradition prevails I would expect this year's examination to be written on

Saturday, December 4, 2004.

There are two 3-hour papers of six problems each, the first beginning at 10 am and the second at 3 pm. Special arrangements can be made, with notice, for Jewish students who cannot write on the sabbath, as well as for blind students.

To register for the competition, please send an email to Professor Ed Barbeau (barbeau@math.utoronto.ca) and provide your name as you would like it to be officially listed, email address, year, program and the number of times that you have previously written the Putnam competition.

I should have this information by the end of September.

Here are some websites that you might wish to consult

http://math.scu.edu/putnam; http://www.maa.org/awards/putnam.html; http://www.kalva.demon.co.uk/; http://www.unl.edu/amc/a-activities/a7-problems/putnam/ http://math.ucsd.edu/~pfitz/pastputnam.html; http://www.math.ksu.edu/math/compete/putnamexams; http://www.math.harvard.edu/putnam/index.html;

Zavosh Amir-Khosravi is trying to arrange a preliminary meeting of candidates on Wednesday, September 22 at 5 pm. Stay tuned.

E.J.Barbeau

E. Barbeau