Articles by Steven Miller
For the second year in a row, over 2% of the Williams campus chose to spend a significant part of a Saturday taking the Putnam: 12 problems each worth 10 points in 6 hours, with a score of 1 out of 120 excellent as the most common score is a zero! The problems are available here (if
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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