# Putnam exam preparation?

I am interested in taking the exam but im not sure where to begin, are there any books in particular or any subjects i should start on?

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- 10 years agoBest Answer
First, here's a link to a concise paper that addresses your question directly, though not very specifically:

http://cauchy.math.okstate.edu/~wrightd/putnam/pow...

And here's a blog post with some first-hand advice:

http://assortedtips.blogspot.com/2007/12/putnam-ma...

I can also list some books that many people have found helpful. I'll give Amazon links, but you may well find these at the library (which would be good, because some are rather expensive).

The Red Book of Mathematical Problems and The Green Book of Mathematical Problems, both by Kenneth S. Williams and Kenneth Hardy.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Book-Mathematical-Proble...

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Book-Mathematical-Prob...

Putnam and Beyond by Razvan Gelca and Titu Andreescu

http://www.amazon.com/Putnam-Beyond-Razvan-Gelca/d...

Problem Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel.

http://www.amazon.com/Problem-Solving-Strategies-P...

You can also get books that contain the actual problems from past Putnams, with solutions. For example:

http://www.amazon.com/William-Lowell-Mathematical-...

And here are a few web sites that list some additional resources:

http://www.math.hmc.edu/putnam/