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This is the post log. The main motivation to make such a page was to help other people to use this blog in the best possible way! 

The archive widget and categories could possibly help, but this page is quite systematic. Moreover, I have given a basic preview of the blog post too!

This is always getting updated.

Total Posts: 47
Total problems discussed: 325

Miscellaneous Problem Discussions :

Notes/Problem Sets :

  • Symmetric Polynomials I wrote notes for Symmetric polynomials.

  • Newton Sums (Sym Poly part 2) This was the continuation of the Symmetric Polynomials post and talked about Newton sums. 
  • My first own problem set This was my first problem set. All the problems are my own, though ideas are probably not new. The problems are of the level AMC-8 or AMC-10 level.

  • School notes and more problem sets The post where I sent more notes( handwritten). And some more problem sets compilation.

  • Vectors The basic introduction to vectors. It covers all the fundamentals!

  • Let's complex bash part 1 A series where I am  posting my notes to "Complex number in geometry."

  • Let's complex bash part 2 The second post of the series.

  • Probability is global Olympiad Notes on probability with $17+18=35$ problems.

  • Expected value Continuing from "the probability is global", we do expected value along with $16$ problems.

  • Recurrence Relations  Olympiad Notes on Recurrence Relations where almost each problem is s different topic and makes us learn something new.
    We have $14$ problems to solve.

  • Graph theory part 1 Olympiad notes on Graph theory. In this post, I talk about Degrees, degrees sequence, etc with $8$ problems and many theorems.

  • Graph Theory part 2 Olympiad notes on Graph theory. In this post, I talk about the Euler path, Ore's Theorem, Hamiltonian, etc with $8$ problems and many theorems.

  • Graph Theory part 3 Olympiad notes on Graph theory. In this post, I talk about planar graphs with $6$ problems and theorems.

  • Graph Theory Part 4 Olympiad notes on Graph theory. In this post, I talk about Independent sets and covering sets

Non-math :

  • Summary of 2020 A new year post and summary of 2020.

  • IOQM results and predicted INMO  I talked about my IOQM and predicted INMO paper.

  • Cute cats part 1 One of the most loved series of all time. It's really fun compiling some cute cat pics and adding some relatable yet fun captions.
  • Cute cats part 2 This was very special since I wrote it for 5k views special.

  • Our cute Siblings Post is dedicated to all the elder siblings who have to go through this painful period :(.
  • Reflecting on past Post where I explore what stuffs went wrong ( and also had discussion related to INMO)

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INMO Scores and Results

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