Apr 19, 2023

The UTSC Problem Solving Group meets weekly to learn the art and craft of problem solving. We meet on Tuesdays at 09:00 in IC-220. We’ll start meeting during the week of Monday, May 8th, 2023.

Each month, we have three kinds of events:

- Lectures: speakers introduce and explain contest-problem strategies
- Problem solving sessions: we work on contest problems
- Hikes: we go for a hike, usually to Creek Coffee and Co, and talk about math problems

This summer, we will read through *The Art and Craft of Problem-Solving* by Paul Zeitz (UToronto Library).
The major sections of the book are:

- Algebra
- Combinatorics
- Number Theory
- Calculus
- Geometry

Date | Speaker | Topic | Notes | Attendance |
---|---|---|---|---|

Thursday April 20th 2023 @ 13:00 | Parker Glynn-Adey | Planning |
Putnam Power Preparation | 9 |

Tuesday May 16th | Parker Glynn-Adey | Getting Started: Simplifying Problems and Getting Hands Dirty | handout | 7 |

Tuesday May 30th | Rizo | Generating functions | 9 | |

Tuesday June 6th | None |
Hike (weather permitting) |
8 | |

Tuesday June 13th | Malhar | Combinatorics | handout | 9 |

Tuesday June 20th (Reading Week) | None |
Hike |
4 | |

Tuesday June 27th | None |
Problem Solving Session |
2021 Putnam Contest | 6 |

Tuesday July 4th | Adib | Biology | handout | 9 |

Tuesday July 11th | Robert | Recursively defined sets | handout | 8 |

Tuesday July 18th | Rizo | Problem Solving Sesion |
2019 Putnam Contest | 6 |

Arun | General strategies / inequalities | |||

Alankrit | Binomial theorem / permutations | |||

Chaitanya | Number theory | |||

Sasha | Probability | |||

Thomas | Complex numbers / number theory |

Things to decide on:

- Day and time – We’ll send out a WhenIsGood poll.
- Order of speakers – Currently alphabetical, subject to revision.

- Canadian Mathematical Society Contest Resources
*How to Solve It*by Pólya*Making Up Your Own Mind*by Ed Burger

*Problem Solving through Problems*by Loren Larson*Putnam and Beyond*by Răzvan Gelca- UToronto Library (ebook)

*Problem Solving Strategies*by Arthur Engel- UToronto Library (ebook)

*The art and craft of problem-solving*by Paul Zeitz

*The art of mathematics - take two : tea time in Cambridge*by Bollobás, Béla*The art of mathematics : coffee time in Memphis*by Bollobás, Béla

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