A Friendly Mathematics Competition

A Friendly Mathematics Competition: 35 Years of Teamwork in Indiana

Edited by Rick Gillman
Series: Problem Books
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: 1
Pages: 196
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    A Friendly Mathematics Competition
    Book Description:

    A Friendly Mathematics Competition tells the story of the Indiana College Mathematics Competition (ICMC) by presenting the problems, solutions, and results of the first 35 years of the ICMC. The ICMC was organized in reaction to the Putnam Exam-its problems were to be more representative of the undergraduate curriculum, and students could work on them in teams. Originally participation was restricted to the small, private colleges and universities of the state, but was later opened up to students from all of the schools in Indiana. The competition was quickly nicknamed the "Friendly" Competition because of its focus on solving mathematical problems, which brought faculty and students together, rather than on the competitive nature of winning. Organized by year, the problems and solutions in this volume present an excellent archive of information about what has been expected of an undergraduate mathematics major over the past 35 years. With more than 245 problems and solutions, the book is also a must buy for faculty and students interested in problem-solving.

    eISBN: 978-1-61444-400-8
    Subjects: Mathematics

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Preface
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. The Indiana College Mathematics Competition: A Short History
    (pp. 1-4)
    Paul T. Mielke

    On April 27, 1965, Peter Edson, a trustee of Wabash College, sent our dean a memorandum that included a newspaper clipping about a unique mathematics competition that was held among high schools in New Jersey. In this competition, each school entered a team that worked as a team on a set mathematics examination. Edson wondered if anything of that sort was done at the college level. I answered that I knew of no such competition but that I would be willing to suggest the idea to my Indiana colleagues. Thus, on May 18, 1965, I wrote a letter to heads...

  5. An Update of the History of the ICMC
    (pp. 5-6)
    Rick Gillman

    I was introduced to the Indiana College Mathematics Competition (ICMC) during the spring of 1987, during my first year on the faculty at Valparaiso University. This was, as you read in Paul’s comments, the first year that the competition was opened up to the large state universities and explains why I had not known of the competition while an undergraduate student at Ball State University.

    I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the competition ever since. While the nickname “friendly” has not been used very much in recent years, the competition still maintains the same friendly approach that it had...

  6. Exams
    (pp. 7-50)
  7. Solutions
    (pp. 51-180)
  8. Index by Problem Type
    (pp. 181-185)