Pizza and Problems

The last few Fall semesters, we have hosted Pizza and Problems sessions in order to help students prepare for the annual Putnam Mathematical Competition in December. We get together on Friday afternoons (usually); we supply pizza and we supply problems. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join us, even if they are not interested in the Putnam Competition.

The problems generally involve more than one area of mathematics and are more like puzzles than homework problems. As we chew on these problems, we also chew on pizza. After some time (20-40 minutes or so), we discuss the problems, share strategies, and help each other with them. These sessions are lots of fun and very popular, and we will continue doing Pizza and Problems each semester.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual, continent-wide mathematics event for undergraduates. The competition is administered by The Mathematical Association of America, and takes place every year on the first Saturday in December. The 68th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on December 6, 2008.

College of the Redwoods will host this year's Putnam competition on Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the Sciences building, from 8-11am and 1-4pm. To obtain more information contact Tami Matsumoto.

In each row of the table that follows, the first column link will download the problem set associated with the meeting date in the first column of the row.

Fall 2014 Meetings --- Sciences Building, Room SC 202
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
October 17, 2014, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #1
Fall 2013 Meetings --- Sciences Building, Room SC 202
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 20, 2013, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #1
October 25, 2013, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #2
November 15, 2013, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #3
December 6, 2013, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #4
Fall 2011 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 16, 2011, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #1
October 7, 2011, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #2
October 28, 2011, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #3
November 18, 2011, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #4
December 2, 2011, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #5
Fall 2010 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 24, 2010, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #1
October 8, 2010, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #2
October 29, 2010, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #3
November 19, 2010, 4:15pm Pizza Problems #4
December 3, 2010, 4:15pm
Fall 2009 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 18, 2009 Pizza Problems #1 Solutions #1
September 30, 2009 Pizza Problems #2
October 16, 2009 Pizza Problems #3
October 28, 2009 Pizza Problems #4
November 13, 2009 Pizza Problems #5 Two Arcs Solution
December 4, 2009 Pizza Problems #6
Spring 2009 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
January 30, 2009 Pizza Problems #1 Solutions #1
February 20, 2009 Pizza Problems #2 Solutions #2
March 6, 2009 Pizza Problems #3 Solutions #3
March 27, 2009 Pizza Problems #4 Solutions #4
April 10, 2009 Pizza Problems #5 Solutions #5
April 24, 2009 Pizza Problems #6 Solutions #6
Fall 2008 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 12, 2008 Pizza Problems #1 Solutions #1
September 26, 2008 Pizza Problems #2 Solutions #2
October 17, 2008 Pizza Problems #3 Solutions #3
October 31, 2008 Pizza Problems #4 Solutions #4
November 14, 2008 Pizza Problems #5 Solutions #5
December 5, 2008 Pizza Problems #6 Solutions #6
Spring 2008 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
March 7, 2008 Pizza Problems #1 Solutions #1
March 28, 2008 Pizza Problems #2 Solutions #2
April 18, 2008 Pizza Problems #3 Solutions #3
Fall 2007 Meetings
Event Date Pizza Problems Solutions
September 28, 2007 Pizza Problems #1 Solutions #1
October 12, 2007 Pizza Problems #2 Solutions #2
October 26, 2007 Pizza Problems #3 Solutions #3
November 9, 2007 Pizza Problems #4 Solutions #4
November 30, 2007 Pizza Problems #5 Solutions #5

Credit: The Pizza and Problems files pointed to by the URL's on this page use a wonderful Context style file created by Aditya Mahajan. You can learn more about this style file at the following URL:

http://www.tug.org/pracjourn/2006-4/mahajan/