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Would they ace it? For those of you who don't know The Putnam is the hardest math test for undergrad students. The test has 120 points but most only score a few.
s2+c2=1 // for sin^2(a) + cos^2(a) = 1
1+t2=s2 // for 1 + tan^2(a) = sec^2(a)
sab=sacb+casb // for sin(a+b) = sin(a)cos(b) + cos(a)sin(b)
cab=cacb-sasb // cos(a+b) = cos(a)cos(b) - sin(a)sin(b)
jedishrfu said:While I can't answer your question, I realize it would probably depend on the math lecturer and what he taught regularly. As we progress in our math studies, the math we learn in grade school is child's play to us now. Following that extension if your job is to teach higher level math then that math will be child's play to you and you should easily be able to do the problems you routinely assign to your students. I'm sure this would be true of the Putnam.
The Putnam exam is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate students in the United States and Canada. It is considered one of the most prestigious and challenging math exams, and scoring well on it can open up opportunities for academic and professional advancement.
Math lecturers usually have advanced degrees in mathematics, such as a Master's or PhD. They also have a strong foundation in various areas of mathematics and are skilled in problem-solving and critical thinking.
While there is no expectation for math lecturers to take the Putnam exam, many choose to participate as a way to challenge themselves and stay current with the latest mathematical developments.
It is difficult to generalize the performance of math lecturers on the Putnam exam as it varies greatly depending on individual strengths and preparation. However, it is safe to say that math lecturers have a strong foundation in mathematics and are likely to score well on the exam.
Yes, there are several well-known mathematicians who have excelled on the Putnam exam, including John Nash, Terence Tao, and Richard Rusczyk. These individuals have also gone on to make significant contributions to the field of mathematics.