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1. (Original post by Mathemagicien)

Depending on college, STEP prep is probably roughly as useful as Olympiad prep for interviews and tests. But don't eat up your STEP past papers too soon...
Unfortunately I've looked at most step 1 and 2 questions not solved but yeh....Havent touched step3 yet though
2. Does anyone know what the putnam contest is about
3. (Original post by 11234)
Does anyone know what the putnam contest is about
Yeh its a maths competition for American Unis. Olympids for Uni basically. The winners are normally all IMO gold medalists form USA China a far east etc and MIT normally wins overall.

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4. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Yeh its a maths competition for American Unis. Olympids for Uni basically. The winners are normally all IMO gold medalists form USA China a far east etc and MIT normally wins overall.

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Do you anything about vieta jumping cos I have no idea how to use it...apparently its a shortcuut
5. (Original post by 11234)
Do you anything about vieta jumping cos I have no idea how to use it...apparently its a shortcuut

Vieta jumping is basically when we have number theory division problems mainly and we minimise a+b (a,b) solutions and we use this to get polynomials which we then solve useful relations to eventually solve the problem.
It is very powerful.
This sums it up very nicely
http://www.yimin-ge.com/doc/VietaJumping.pdf

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6. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Vieta jumping is basically when we have number theory division problems mainly and we minimise a+b (a,b) solutions and we use this to get polynomials which we then solve useful relations to eventually solve the problem.
It is very powerful.
This sums it up very nicely
http://www.yimin-ge.com/doc/VietaJumping.pdf

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thats a nice result actually, never heard of it. Im guessing its less common in olympiad stuff nowadays cus its more well known?
7. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
thats a nice result actually, never heard of it. Im guessing its less common in olympiad stuff nowadays cus its more well known?
Not really though the method of a+b minimsed is extremely common across competition across the world. A similar method is used in inequalities where we fix one variable say 'x' and then we have some constraints like x+y+z=1 and we have deltax +x etc.

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8. I feel inadequate whenever maths talk happens
9. (Original post by C0balt)
I feel inadequate whenever maths talk happens
Just ignore it
10. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Yeh its a maths competition for American Unis. Olympids for Uni basically. The winners are normally all IMO gold medalists form USA China a far east etc and MIT normally wins overall.

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Nah Harvard has more wins
11. (Original post by C0balt)
I feel inadequate whenever maths talk happens
Me too
12. (Original post by Student403)
Nah Harvard has more wins
Thats from back in the day.
Now MIT is the best.

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13. (Original post by C0balt)
I feel inadequate whenever maths talk happens
If only I knew what inadequate means.

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14. (Original post by physicsmaths)
If only I knew what inadequate means.

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I'll use it in a sentence. Your grasp of the English language is inadequate

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15. (Original post by drandy76)
I'll use it in a sentence. Your grasp of the English language is inadequate

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16. (Original post by physicsmaths)

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Too far bruv

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17. (Original post by physicsmaths)

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Have you come across projective geometry, I saw it in a problem and was wondering how it works? Any tips/links?
18. (Original post by drandy76)
Too far bruv

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Tis joke.
Look at my use of 'tis' this is proper english ygm. 🌝

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19. (Original post by physicsmaths)
Tis joke.
Look at my use of 'tis' this is proper english ygm. 🌝

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**** English fam, we should just speak in maths notation, would be so lit

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20. (Original post by Student403)
Nah Harvard has more wins
only cus we arent apart of it. otherwise TSR mathmos 1st, rest of Cambridge 2nd, inferior muricans = last.

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