For the Putnam practice sessions on Tuesday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 28, work on the problems from Putnam practice problems #4. Students will present their solutions to these problems in those practice sessions.

If you are considering taking the Putnam exam or attending the practice sessions, please register online if you haven't already. Students who have registered in previous years should log in at that link again, using the email address and password they used before, and update their yes/maybe/no decision to take the Putnam this year. (All students are welcome to log in and update their yes/maybe/no decisions at any time.)

The Quarter Putnam was given on Tuesday, November 7.

The 2017 Putnam examination will be given on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Students should arrive in room 102 of the Mathematics building (MATH) no later than 7:45 AM. The north door of the building will be open for you to enter through. The first half of the exam will run from 8–11 AM, and the math department will provide lunch from 11 AM–1 PM. The second half of the exam runs from 1–4 PM. All you have to bring is something to write with.


The Putnam practice sessions are held every Tuesday from 12:30-2:00 PM in room 107 of the Frederic Lasserre building (LASR). The faculty advisor is Greg Martin. The UBC math department provides pizza and pop for all practice sessions (starting on September 19). The math department's Putnam FAQ has more information.

Because how clearly and completely a solution is written has such a large impact on a participant's score, I am willing to give feedback on written solutions during the term. Write up your solutions to a Putnam practice problem(s) and give them to Prof. Martin; I'll have feedback on your solution writing by the next practice session.

All students are welcome to log in at any time to the Putnam registration system and update their yes/maybe/no decisions about taking the Putnam examination.