Congrats to Williams College for winning the Director's cup again, we're now 17 out of 19 (a nice occurrence of twin primes).
New athletics facilities dedicated Saturday October 11th; many math majors among the athletes, pictures and news here.
Weekly math puzzle night dinners are Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Dennett in Mission (Project Euler lunches Wednesdays at Mission at Noon).
Green Chicken Contest: Saturday, November 15, 2014. (click here for motivational music)
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). 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! Remote VirginiaTech math competition: Saturday 9-11am (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
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.
Previous Contests Useful Links Pictures Contact Info History Results Motivational Music
Previous Contests and related exams / riddles (thanks to F. Zhu for posting)
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Contact information: Steven J Miller (Steven.J.Miller AT Williams.edu)
Articles about the green chicken
Results of previous competitions
Previous Contests Useful Links Pictures Contact Info History Results
2013: Winning Williams Team: Philip Brockman, David Burt, Sam Donow and Ben
Kaufman; Faculty Advisors: Michael Biro, Ed Hansen, Steven Miller and Mihai
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.