Cooperative Solutions of Difficult Problems in Elementary
Moderators: Paul Yiu and Xiaodong Zhang
with technical support from Yuandan Lin
A discussion group sponsored by
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
Welcome to POLYA -- a discussion group on cooperative solution
of difficult problems in elementary mathematics (up to the level of calculus).
If you are interested in joining this group, please send an
email to the moderators with the subject line: POLYA. Please
give your name, city, and country. Institutional affiliation
and mailing address are optional.
Members of POLYA may
propose problems to the group by sending an
email to the moderators, please include a short title.
participate in the discussion on problems.
(Please include in the subject line the reference number of the problem).
contribute to bibliographic informations,
contribute by writing on the history of a problem,
edit and archive communications on a problem.
Some ground rules:
A problem proposed to the moderators will be put into the Inventory
with a reference number. As soon as discussions begin on the problem, it
will be transferred to the Problem
Center with a reference number with prefix POLYA.
Problems from contemporary issues of various mathematical journals should
not be posted before a solution is printed by the journal.
Propose one or two problems at a time. Please do not overwhelm the group
with a long list of problems.
Problems should be appealing and challenging, ideally at the level of the
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition or the International Mathematical
Olympiad. Excessively technical problems should be avoided.
POLYA is not an arena for competition but rather a cooperative forum with
the vision of better serving the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Exchanges should be courteous and critiques constructive.
The final write-up on a problem should be in LaTeX or MicroSoft Words,
and will be archived as .pdf and .ps files, in the following format:
Return to Department of Mathematics
Statement of the problem.
Round table discussions, participants listed by initials.
Summary solution of the problem.
List of participants: initials, name, email, affiliation/address, city,
Last modified by Paul Yiu on November 16, 2001.