Articles by Steven Miller

2014 Green Chicken Defense

The upperclassmen returned and led Williams to a successful defense of the Green Chicken in 2014, 157 to 109 (led by John Bihn, Sam Donow and Granger Carty; exam and solution here, pictures here). See also the blurb on the bottom right of the Athletics homepage.

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WCMA Geek-Out: Miller vs Books: Thurs Oct 2: 6:30-7pm Reading Room

I was asked to participate in a Geek-Out at the Williams College Museum of Art (Thursday, October 2nd from 6:30 – 7pm; refreshments will be served beforehand). This is part of the series of events related to the visits of Publication Studio. I will be taking the position that we should accelerate the book joining

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Math Problem Solving

The  purpose of this column is to talk about the weekly math puzzle night dinners run by myself and Professor Palsson, and to invite you to join us for this and other related activities. Here’s a quick summary of problem solving activities here; for more information or to be added to the email lists, contact me

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Putnam 2013

While December 7 will always justly live in infamy, this year we’ve added a good reason to remember it. Over 2% of the Williams’ campus took the 2013 Putnam exam; 44 students at Williams and 2 in Budapest. To be precise, the registrar says there are 2177 enrolled students this fall, giving us a participation

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Williams Defends Green Chicken: 165 – 142

Last two years have been close in the Green Chicken. In 2013 no seniors or juniors participated for Williams, but fortunately our school has depth! Our all frosh/soph team of Philip Brockman, David Burt, Sam Donow and Ben Kaufman stepped up and retained the Green Chicken in another tight match, defeating Middlebury 165 to 142  (exam here,

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Conundrum: September 2013: Welcome back, Welcome to the Major

Math Puzzles / Contests at Williams  Lots of opportunities for math puzzles and contests, including Weekly Math Puzzle Night Dinners Monthly Math Conundrums (first one below) The Putnam Exam (early December — cash prizes!) The Green Chicken Contest (at Middlebury this year) Mathematical Contest in Modeling Project Euler  Contact Professors Miller ([email protected]) and Stoiciu ([email protected]) to

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Conundrum: October 2013: I Value Your Input!

Alice and Bob are playing the following game: Alice has a secret polynomial P(x) = a_0 + a_1 x + a_2 x^2 + … + a_n x^n, with non-negative integer coefficients a_0, a_1, …, a_n. At each turn, Bob picks an integer k and Alice tells Bob the value of P(k). Find, as a function of the degree

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2014:01: We Value Your Input

5th Conundrum: January 2014: Ringing in the New Year Not only was midnight January first the start of a new year, but it also marked a moment when the hour, minute and second hands of a clock were all aligned. OK, the latter isn’t as interesting or special; unlike the first, it happens every day.

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Young Mathematicians Conference: August 2013

In August, 2013, 12 students from the SMALL program (4 from Williams) traveled to the tenth annual Young Mathematicians Conference at The Ohio State University. There were 39 talks and 13 posters overall, with our students giving 9 talks and 3 posters. Five students working in Professor Miller’s Number Theory and Probability group won prizes

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2012 Putnam

2012 Putnam Williams had another strong finish in the Putnam. We had over 1% of the campus take the exam, and our team of Carlos Dominguez, Jared Hallett and Wei Sun finished 19th in the nation. Solutions to the problems are available here: http://math.ucsd.edu/~kedlaya/2012s.pdf (for those interested in math puzzles and competitions, email Professor Miller at

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