Mathematics Department

921 S. 8th Ave.

Stop 8085, Idaho State University

Pocatello ID 83209

**Phone**:
(208) 282-2401

**email**:
stowdenn@isu.edu

**Office**:
321A Physical Sciences Building

Fall 2014 office hours: MW 12:00-2:00 and TuTh 10:45-12:00 in PS 321A

Fall 2014 classes

Math 2240-2, Linear AlgebraMeets 11:00-1:50 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in PS 306

Math 2240 homework assignments

Syllabus

Math 3360-1, Differential Equations

Meets 9:00-9:50 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in PS 307

Math 3360 homework assignments

Syllabus

Direction fields, general solutions, and initial values

Math 6627, Complex Analysis

Meets 9:30-10:45 Tuesday and Thursday in PS 301

Math 6627 homework assignments

Syllabus

2014 Intermountain and Putnam Mathematics Competitions

The Intermountain Mathematics Competition is an annual competition involving undergraduate

students at eight or nine universities in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. The Putnam competition

is similar but at the national level. Participation is free. This year, the Intermountain Exam will be

9-12 Saturday, November 8, and the Putnam exam 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-4:30 (six hours altogether)

Saturday, December 6. Both will be given here at ISU, in rooms to be announced. Please let me

know if you are interested in participating. Anyone who shows up can take the Intermountain Exam,

but there is a registration deadline of October 10 or so for the Putnam.

The exams consist of a few questions (7 for the Intermountain Exam, 6+6 for the Putnam) that

require ingenuity but little knowledge of mathematics beyond calculus. The links below provide

examples from recent years. You might take a look at them to see if you would enjoy participating.

Depending on the problem, you might react "I can probably do that one," "That is a cool question;

I don't see how to answer it but want to work on it," or "I have no idea what to do and little interest

in trying." No one ever gets all the problems.

Students take the exams individually. For the Putnam, each school identifies three students

whose scores give a "team" total for the school, but that is kind of secondary; even the Putnam

is really an individual competition. In recent years, the top ISU participants in the Intermountain

Exam have received small cash prizes (from ISU and BYU, which runs the competition), and

every year the top 25 Putnam competitors nationwide earn cash prizes. I doubt that anyone

thinks much about those things, however; one takes the exam for the challenge and enjoyment.

I would be happy to organize weekly practice sessions this fall if you are interested. Let me know.

2009-2012 Intermountain Exams

2011 Intermountain Exam

2012 Intermountain Exam

2013 Intermountain Exam

2004 and 2005 Putnam Exams

2009 Putnam Exam

2010 Putnam Exam

2011 Putnam Exam

2012 Putnam Exam

2013 Putnam Exam