Congrats to Williams College for winning the Director's cup again, we're now 17 out of 19 (a nice occurrence of twin primes).

Green Chicken Contest: TBD, 2014. (click here for motivational music)

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, solutions here, and picture here). In 2012 we retained the chicken 125 - 118, with an all underclassman team of Jack Bequeaith, Sam Donow, Jared Hallett and Samantha Petti: picture here.

MATH COMPETITION NEWS:   Over 2% of the campus took the Putnam in 2013!

Green Chicken Announcement: The annual Williams - Middlebury Green Chicken Math is usually in October / November. As the name suggests, we do math problems and whichever team has the higher score gets the Green Chicken. There are problems at all levels, interesting discussions and of course food (hopefully not green chicken, but they choose the menu this year). Related to this and the Putnam (early December) we weekly meet to discuss math puzzles and problems. Currently we meet at Dennett Private Dining Room in Mission on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm (if you don't have a meal plan we can guest you in).

Good problems to look at (for now) are from the U of I practice Putnam exams, U of I math contests, and of course last year's Putnam exam. For the last few meetings, I've brought in some problems no one has looked at and we've brainstormed together.

Check out the blog at:  http://blogs.williams.edu/greenchicken    

Summer REU (research experiences for undergraduates) links: http://www.ams.org/employment/reu.html and http://www.maa.org/students/reustuff/pages/reu.html and  http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5044.

PUTNAM STRATEGIES (work in progress -- help appreciated!): click here.

PUTNAM / Problem Solving Independent Study: click here for the homepage.

For more information, contact Professor Miller at sjm1 AT williams.edu.

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Previous Contests and related exams / riddles (thanks to F. Zhu for posting)

2015: 2010: exam and solution 2005 2000: exam    1995: exam 1989 1984 1979
2014: 2009: exam 2004: exam and solution 1999: exam 1994: exam 1988 1983 1978
2013: exam   solution 2008: exam and solution 2003 1998: exam 1993: exam 1987 1982  
2012: exam and solution 2007: exam and solution 2002 1997: exam 1992: exam 1986 1981  
2011: 2006 2001:  solution 1996: exam 1991: exam 1985 1980  

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Contact information: Steven J Miller (Steven.J.Miller AT Williams.edu)

Articles about the green chicken

Results of previous competitions

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2013: Winning Williams Team: Philip Brockman, David Burt, Sam Donow and Ben Kaufman; Faculty Advisors: Michael Biro, Ed Hansen, Steven Miller and Mihai Stoiciu.
2013 Participants: Phillip Brockman, David Burt, Sam Donow, Mary Gong, Ben Kaufman, Alexander Kastner, Ryan Kwon, Zander Majercik, Gabriel Ngwe, Dylanger Pittman and Sarah Wu.

2012 top scorers: Jared Hallett, Samantha Petti, Jack Bequeaith and Sam Donow.