## EVENT DETAILS AND ABSTRACT

**Elementary Math Challenges**
**Title:** Elementary Math Challenges in Number Theory

**Speaker:** Miguel A. Lerma

**Speaker Info:** Northwestern University

**Brief Description:** Training session for the Putnam Competition

**Special Note**: **Training session for the Putnam Competition**

**Abstract:**

Carl Friedrich Gauss claimed that Mathematics is the queen of the sciences, and number theory is the queen of mathematics. From Diophantine equations to modular arithmetic, from Fermat's Little Theorem $a^{p-1} \equiv 1 \pmod{p}$ to Fermat's Last Theorem $x^n+y^n=z^n$, the theory of numbers challenge us with problems of apparent simplicity hiding unexpected difficulties.

**Date:** Tuesday, October 18, 2016

**Time:** 6:00pm

**Where:** Lunt 103

**Contact Person:**

**Contact email:** putnam@math.northwestern.edu

**Contact Phone:**

Copyright © 1997-2024
Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University.