Raz (Dennis) Stowe
921 S. 8th Ave.
Stop 8085, Idaho State University
Pocatello ID 83209
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 Algebra
Meets 11:00-1:50 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in PS 306
Math 2240 homework assignments
Math 3360-1, Differential Equations
Meets 9:00-9:50 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in PS 307
Math 3360 homework assignments
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
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