The department sponsors several problem solving activities. A regular feature of the Goodsell Gazette is the Problems of the Fortnight section. Solutions are posted and solvers are acknowledged in the Gazette.

The department also convenes a problem-solving group. This group meets weekly to work on problems. In the fall, the problem-solving group gears its activities for the annual William Lowell Putnam Prize Examination in Mathematics. The Putnam Exam is taken by over 2300 individuals and 400 teams. Carleton students have done very well on the Putnam, and the 1994-95 team placed 13th, tops among four-year colleges. You can contact Rafe Jones in the department for more information.