Problem of the Week

What is the Problem of the Week?

The Problem of the Week is a competition for undergraduate students and graduate students. Every week a new problem will be available on the table in front of the Math Office (MH 308) as well as on the Math Department website and Professor Jackson's homepage.

Solutions should be submitted to the Math Office by 12:00pm on Wednesday of the following week.

Answers will be posted the following Monday.

Week 1: August 21-27

Week 1 Problem (.pdf)

What are the prizes and how do I win?

There are two divisions, one for undergraduate students and the other for graduate/post-bac students.

1st prize   $50

2nd prize  $30

3rd prize  $20

The prizes will be awarded to the students in each division with the most points. The point values for the problems will increase as the semester, so it's never too late to compete!

In addition to prizes, the winners will also have their names submitted to the Scholarship Committee to be considered for a Math Department Scholarship.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 11.

Additional Information

Students are also encouraged to take the Putnam Exam (a nationwide problem solving competition) which will be given on Saturday, December 7. 

Please contact Professor Jackson (MH 316, 408-924-5100, bradley.jackson@sjsu.edu) for further details.