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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=
 
=COVID-19 Update=
Due to COVID-19, all math circle events are canceled for Fall 2020.
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We will moving back to in-person talks for the remainder of the semester.  
  
We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.
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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.
  
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
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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 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]!
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'''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!=
  
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> 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:
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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://forms.gle/ksktjzcC8g1V9Rj48 '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
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  [https://forms.gle/5QRTkHngWf43nmCC9 '''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.  
 
All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.  
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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).
  
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==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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| Nov 14th || 3255 Helen C White Library
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| Nov 21st || 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. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu
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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:
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[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 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:omer@math.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
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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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<!--File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]-->
 
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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:
 
* Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with others!  
 
* Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with others!  
* Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Flyer_2020.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students.
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* Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Flyer_2021.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students.
 
* Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
 
* Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
 
* Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings.
 
* Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings.
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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.
  
=Meetings for Fall 2019=
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=Useful Resources=
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf  2013-2014 Annual Report]-->
  
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== Archived Abstracts ==
  
Talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2021-2022 2021 - 2022 Abstracts]
  
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[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_Abstracts_2019-2020 2019 - 2020 Abstracts]
 
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2019
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| September 23, 2019 || Soumya Sankar || Why don't map makers like high heels?
 
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| September 30, 2019 || Erika Pirnes || Why do ice hockey players fall in love with mathematicians?
 
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| October 7, 2019 || Uri Andrews || Self-reference, proofs, and computer programming
 
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| October 14, 2019 || James Hanson || When is a puzzle impossible?
 
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| October 21, 2019 || Owen Goff || Symbolic Logic and How It's Really Just Arithmetic
 
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| October 28, 2019 || Ian Seong || Counting, but Not Like Kindergarteners
 
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| November 4, 2019 || Omer Mermelstein || Ciphers: To Gibberish and Back Again
 
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| November 11, 2019 || Colin Crowley || Many Pennies
 
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| November 18, 2019 || Daniel Corey || The K<span>&#246;</span>nigsberg Bridge Problem
 
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=Meetings for Spring 2020=
 
 
 
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Talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
 
 
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2020
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| January 27, 2020 || Caitlyn Booms || [https://www.facebook.com/events/994454747606234/ Magic or Math?]
 
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| February 3, 2020 || Erika Pirnes || [https://www.facebook.com/events/173248473949771/ Finding Your Roots]
 
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| February 10, 2020 || Xiao Shen || [https://www.facebook.com/events/1536925486465083/ Constructing the 17-gon]
 
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| February 17, 2020 || Ben Bruce || [https://www.facebook.com/events/633574783873887/ 1+1=2 and Other Integer Partitions]
 
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| February 24, 2020 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.facebook.com/events/425841464850965/ Pi-ck Up Sticks]
 
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| March 2, 2020 || Solly Parenti || [https://www.facebook.com/events/1042467939485675/ Lazy Math]
 
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| March 9, 2020 || Connor Simpson || [https://www.facebook.com/events/1068696736816566/ Counting Ways to Color Graphs]
 
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| March 23, 2020 || Tejasi Bhatnagar || <font color="red">Canceled</font>
 
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| March 30, 2020 || Yunxuan Li || <font color="red">Canceled</font>
 
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| April 6, 2020 '''at 4pm''' || Daniel Erman || Virtual: Josephus Problem and Intro to Research Mathematics
 
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| April 13, 2020 '''at 4pm''' || Caitlyn Booms || [https://www.facebook.com/events/231654831283623/ Virtual: To Infinity and Beyond]
 
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| April 20, 2020 '''at 4pm''' || Juliette Bruce || [https://www.facebook.com/events/246037009921568/ Virtual: Finding the Fastest Slide]
 
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=Off-Site Meetings=
 
 
 
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days.  If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!
 
 
 
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2019
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Title !! Abstract
 
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| October 7, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || Solly Parenti || Tangled Up in Two || Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number.  Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.
 
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| November 4, 2019 || 2:45pm James Madison Memorial || Caitlyn Booms || Sneaky Segments || We call a line segment drawn between two lattice points in the coordinate plane sneaky if it does not pass through any other lattice points. During this presentation, we will try to understand exactly when this happens, and we'll discuss how to calculate the probability that two randomly chosen lattice points are connected by a sneaky segment.
 
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| November 11, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || Maya Banks || Tic-Tac-Topology || Tic-Tac-Toe is a game usually played on a flat piece of paper. In this standard setting, there is winning strategy--that is, if the player who goes first chooses their moves correctly, they will never lose. But we can also play Tic-Tac-Toe on a surface that isn't lying flat in a plane! In this talk, we will explore the game of Tic-Tac-Toe on cylinders, donuts, and even some wilder surfaces. We'll look for optimal strategies, and learn some topology in the process.
 
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| December 16, 2019 || 2:45pm James Madison Memorial || Daniel Erman || Really Big Numbers || We will discuss the role that really really, really big numbers play in modern mathematics and in science. This will be a discussion of estimation and an introduction to some of the ways that mathematicians express unfathomably big numbers.
 
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2020
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Title !! Abstract
 
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| February 17, 2020 || 2:45pm James Madison Memorial || Maya Banks || Tic-Tac-Topology || Tic-Tac-Toe is a game usually played on a flat piece of paper. In this standard setting, there is winning strategy--that is, if the player who goes first chooses their moves correctly, they will never lose. But we can also play Tic-Tac-Toe on a surface that isn't lying flat in a plane! In this talk, we will explore the game of Tic-Tac-Toe on cylinders, donuts, and even some wilder surfaces. We'll look for optimal strategies, and learn some topology in the process.
 
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| March 9, 2020 || 2:45pm East High || Michel Alexis || Kakeya Needle Sets || Take a 1-inch needle. A shape in the plane (i.e. a shape you can draw on a piece of paper) is called Kakeya if we can place the needle within the shape, and by only rotating and shifting the needle within the shape (no lifting!) we can get the needle to point in all directions. We will think about what sort of shapes are and aren't Kakeya, how this affects their geometry, and how small these shapes can be.
 
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| April 13, 2020 || 2:45pm James Madison Memorial || Juliette Bruce || <font color="red">Canceled</font> || TBD
 
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| April 20, 2020 || 2:45pm East High || Omer Mermelstein || <font color="red">Canceled</font> || TBD
 
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=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_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 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]
  
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
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[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)==

Latest revision as of 15:28, 12 October 2022

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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.


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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.

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
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.

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

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:

Online Donation 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

2021 - 2022 Abstracts

2020 - 2021 Abstracts

2019 - 2020 Abstracts

2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page

2016 - 2017 Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)

2015 - 2015 Abstracts

The way-back archives

Link for presenters (in progress)

Advice For Math Circle Presenters

Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis

Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles

"Circle in a Box"