Putnam Mathematical Competition, 1996

Results of previous Putnam Competitions
The 1995 Putnam Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual event, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, in which undergraduate students at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are asked to solve difficult problems in mathematics.

The fifty-seventh Putnam Competition was held on Saturday, December 7, 1996. It consisted of two examinations, each comprising six problems. Examination A was given in the morning, Examination B in the afternoon. Students were given three hours for each examination and could attempt any or all of the six problems.

Seven Grinnell undergraduates competed this year: Timothy Andrews, Bao-jun Jiang, John Liu, Jeff Mather, David Rudel, Rebecca Schuller, and Roc Yang. Jiang, Rudel, and Yang made up our institutional team.


We received the MAA's summary of results on March 21, 1997. Grinnell's team placed thirty-third in the field of 294. Jiang, Rudel, and Liu were individually cited in the MAA summary, respectively placing 205th, 224th, and 275th among the 2407 participants in the competition.

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