Mathematical Typesetting and Putnam Exam Preparation

Fall 2020
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 25
2 Credits per quarter
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This all-online course is designed to develop students' abilities to typeset mathematical writing using LaTeX, the primary typesetting language used by mathematicians, while also preparing them to compete in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition,  an annual nationwide college-level mathematics contest. 

Students in this course will learn the basics of LaTeX and learn or review some mathematical concepts that are commonly useful for solving Putnam problems. The regular work of the course will consist of typesetting solutions to Putnam problems from past years. Students will also be expected to participate in the Putnam Competition, given on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Students will have access to live weekly lessons with the faculty. Online small group work will also be a regular part of the work of the program. The faculty will be available for online office hours and one-on-one virtual support. Students are required to have reliable internet access and regular access to a computer.

To complete this course successfully students will need access to a computer and reliable internet. Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will work with students to make alternative arrangements, allowing students to earn comparable credit, if conditions prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings.



Success in two quarters of Calculus is required; previous experience studying upper-division mathematics is preferred.

Fall 2020 Registration

This course is intended for students who have previous experience studying advanced mathematics, though success in two quarters of Calculus is sufficient preparation.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (2): 10263

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Class Standing
Upper Division Science Credit

Upper division science credit will be awarded for work in this course.


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