Hanf Competition - Reasons for participating
Reasons for participating.
The primary incentive for entering this competition for many will be intellectual curiosity. However, there can be a number of motivating factors and practical considerations which may include those listed below.
Problem solving is a significant part of what professional mathematicians and scientists do. This competition provides an opportunity for trying your hand at creative problem solving.
- If you are planning to apply to graduate school, your application needs to be exceptional as the competition for admittance to top schools is intense. Your competitors will have taken a variety of math classes and earned high grades. If you have successfully participated in a mathematics problem-solving contest, such as Hanf Competition, this will distinguish you from some other applicants and it will enable your professors to write stronger letters of recommendations.
- If you are planning to participate in the Putnam exam,
solving the Hanf problems is a good way to prepare for this
competition. Indeed, experienced problem solvers definitely
perform better on the Putnam exam.