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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]] | For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]] | ||

+ | =COVID-19 Update= | ||

+ | We will moving back to in-person talks for the remainder of the semester. | ||

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+ | As is the university's policy, all participants must wear masks. We will make every effort to maintain social distancing where possible. | ||

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=What is a Math Circle?= | =What is a Math Circle?= | ||

The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point. | The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point. | ||

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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc. | After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc. | ||

− | '''The Madison Math | + | '''The Madison Math Circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]! |

=All right, I want to come!= | =All right, I want to come!= | ||

− | + | Our in person talks will be at, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year, and the link for our virtual talks will be available through our mailing list and on the schedule below. New students are welcome at any point! There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below: | |

− | [https:// | + | [https://forms.gle/5QRTkHngWf43nmCC9 '''Math Circle Registration Form'''] |

− | All of | + | All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle. |

If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union). | If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union). | ||

+ | ==Fall Enhancement Workshop== | ||

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+ | Our aim is to offer an opportunity for students to not only explore various fields of math through our weekly talks, but also give them the opportunity to hone the various skills involved in higher mathematics. To this end, we are continuing our semesterly series of workshops aimed at developing these skills for middle school students. The workshop, titled the Math Circle Fall Enhancement Workshop (FEP) will be held in Nov. and Dec., on every Monday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm from Nov 7th to Dec 5th at the UW-Madison campus. Please see our schedule below for details. | ||

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+ | The topics for this workshop will cover an introduction to constructing mathematical arguments and proofs, understanding how to generalise simple mathematical ideas, and learn how to discover math for one's self. We will build these skills through collaborative problem solving sessions while learning about graph theory, game theory, and other cool areas of mathematics. | ||

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+ | The 2022 FEP is being organised by the Math Circle team in collaboration with Dr. Peter Juhasz, an instructor at the Budapest Semester in Math Education, a world renowned program in training talented students in math education from across the globe. Peter will be the main speaker and facilitator for the spring and has extensive experience teaching mathematics to secondary students and is the chief organizer of various mathematics camps in Hungary. He also directs the Joy of Thinking Foundation, whose aim is to promote mathematics education of gifted students in Hungary. | ||

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+ | We want to invite any middle school students curious about math to join! If you are interested, please register using the form below. As always, this workshop is free and only requires your curiosity and participation! | ||

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+ | [https://forms.gle/zZ8iMWeV9WkBxEuf6 '''Math Circle FEP Registration Form'''] | ||

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+ | All your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organiser to help run the Circle. | ||

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+ | We hope to see you there! | ||

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+ | | Nov 7th || 3255 Helen C White Library | ||

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==Directions and parking== | ==Directions and parking== | ||

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Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255. | Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255. | ||

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==Email list== | ==Email list== | ||

− | The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. | + | The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Please add your email in the form: |

+ | [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Join Email List'''] | ||

==Contact the organizers== | ==Contact the organizers== | ||

− | The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of | + | The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@g-groups.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback! |

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==Donations== | ==Donations== | ||

− | Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. | + | Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. Our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from private donors. The easiest way to donate is to go to the link: |

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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. | Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check. | ||

− | Or you can | + | Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt. |

==Help us grow!== | ==Help us grow!== | ||

If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by: | If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by: | ||

− | *Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/ | + | * Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with others! |

− | *Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others | + | * Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Flyer_2021.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students. |

− | *Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings | + | * Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others. |

− | *Donating to Math Circle | + | * Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings. |

+ | * Donating to Math Circle. | ||

Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out. | Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out. | ||

− | = | + | =Useful Resources= |

+ | <!--==Annual Reports== | ||

+ | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report]--> | ||

− | + | == Archived Abstracts == | |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2021-2022 2021 - 2022 Abstracts] | |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2020-2021 2020 - 2021 Abstracts] | |

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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page] | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page] | ||

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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts] | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts] | ||

− | [ | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Archived_Math_Circle_Material The way-back archives] |

==Link for presenters (in progress)== | ==Link for presenters (in progress)== | ||

[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters] | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters] | ||

− | [http://www.mathcircles.org/ | + | [http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis] |

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+ | [https://www.mathcircles.org/activities Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles] | ||

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## Latest revision as of 15:28, 12 October 2022

For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

# COVID-19 Update

We will moving back to in-person talks for the remainder of the semester.

As is the university's policy, all participants must wear masks. We will make every effort to maintain social distancing where possible.

# What is a Math Circle?

The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.

The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.

After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.

**The Madison Math Circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:** check it out!

# All right, I want to come!

Our in person talks will be at, **Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library**, during the school year, and the link for our virtual talks will be available through our mailing list and on the schedule below. New students are welcome at any point! There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:

Math Circle Registration Form

All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.

If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).

## Fall Enhancement Workshop

Our aim is to offer an opportunity for students to not only explore various fields of math through our weekly talks, but also give them the opportunity to hone the various skills involved in higher mathematics. To this end, we are continuing our semesterly series of workshops aimed at developing these skills for middle school students. The workshop, titled the Math Circle Fall Enhancement Workshop (FEP) will be held in Nov. and Dec., on every Monday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm from Nov 7th to Dec 5th at the UW-Madison campus. Please see our schedule below for details.

The topics for this workshop will cover an introduction to constructing mathematical arguments and proofs, understanding how to generalise simple mathematical ideas, and learn how to discover math for one's self. We will build these skills through collaborative problem solving sessions while learning about graph theory, game theory, and other cool areas of mathematics.

The 2022 FEP is being organised by the Math Circle team in collaboration with Dr. Peter Juhasz, an instructor at the Budapest Semester in Math Education, a world renowned program in training talented students in math education from across the globe. Peter will be the main speaker and facilitator for the spring and has extensive experience teaching mathematics to secondary students and is the chief organizer of various mathematics camps in Hungary. He also directs the Joy of Thinking Foundation, whose aim is to promote mathematics education of gifted students in Hungary.

We want to invite any middle school students curious about math to join! If you are interested, please register using the form below. As always, this workshop is free and only requires your curiosity and participation!

Math Circle FEP Registration Form

All your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organiser to help run the Circle.

We hope to see you there!

SEP Schedule | |||
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Date | Location and Room | ||

Nov 7th | 3255 Helen C White Library | ||

Nov 14th | 3255 Helen C White Library | ||

Nov 21st | 3255 Helen C White Library | ||

Nov 28th | 3255 Helen C White Library | ||

Dec 5th | 3255 Helen C White Library |

## Directions and parking

Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.

**Parking.** Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:

- There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.
- A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, many spots (
**free starting 4:30pm**) in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive. - A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, many spots (
**free starting 4:30pm**) in Lot 34. - A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in front of Lathrop Hall.
- A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall .
- For more information, see the UW-Madison Parking Info website.

## Email list

The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Please add your email in the form:
**Join Email List**

## Contact the organizers

The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the Department of Mathematics at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the **organizers** here. We are always interested in feedback!

## Donations

Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. Our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from private donors. The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:

There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. ** Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!** The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.

Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check.

Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.

## Help us grow!

If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:

- Like our
**Facebook Page**and share our events with others! - Posting our
**flyer**at schools or anywhere that might have interested students. - Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
- Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings.
- Donating to Math Circle.

Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.

# Useful Resources

## Archived Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)

## Link for presenters (in progress)

Advice For Math Circle Presenters

Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis