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.
Table of Contents
The Indiana College Mathematics Competition: A Short History
An Update of the History of the ICMC
Index by Problem Type
About the Editor
Rick Gillman is a native Hoosier. He was born in Batesville (near Cincinnati), grew up in Richmond, went to high school in Indianapolis, and to college in Muncie (Ball State University). After a four-year hiatus in Pocatello, Idaho, earning his Doctorate of Arts at Idaho State University, he returned to Indiana to work at Valparaiso University, where he’s been for the past 17 years. He has been active in the Indiana Section of the MAA and has served as Student Activities Coordinator, Secretary-Treasurer, and Vice-Chair. In 2001, he received the section’s Distinguished Service Award. A combinatorialist by training, he has published papers on a variety of topics, but his real interest is in helping undergraduates to become mathematicians. He mentors student research teams almost every year, resulting in some publications and many students going on to be successful in pure and applied mathematics.