Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Spring 2017

Registration for Spring 2017 is now OPEN.  Please read carefully the information below.

Spring 2017 dates:

First meeting:  April  9th

Last meeting:  June 11th

No meeting:
 May 28th

All continuing students in good standing have a spot reserved for them in the Spring session. However, you still need to login into your account and submit a brief application. This is the only way for us to know that you are interested in continuning in the next session. 


We are planning to have a summer session for students entering grades K-8. 

Avaialbility of specific grade levels depends on instructors' availability and funding. 
Applications and more detailed information will be avialblable by mid-May. 
All applicants will need to take an assessment. To succeed on the assessment, you need to demonstrate mastery of the school curriculum and creativity in problem solving.
Summer session consists of weekly meetings (1 hr meeitngs for grades K-4 and 2-hour meetings for grades 5-8). Tentative dates are mid-June through mid-August. 
As soon as we have more detailed information, it will be posted here.


Early Elementary Group: grades 2-3 (2 groups) - room MS 3915H
Junior Circle: grades 4-5 -- room MS 3974
Intermediate Group: grades 6-7 -- rooms MS 3915A (Ivy's group) and MS 6201 (Ishita's group)
Advanced Group: grade 8 -- room MS 6221
High school I: continuing students: grade 9; new students: grades 9 and 10 -- room MS 6620
High school II: continuing students: grades 10-12; new students: grades 11 and 12 -- IPAM (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics), located close to the MS building, see campus map.


1) We have started a new class, "Geometry Through Problem Solving" for 6th-7th graders. The class follows the book "Geometry in Problems" by Alexander Shen and is taught by Konstantin Miagkov. The meetings are on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM.

2) Several of our students are starting their own Math Circle Satellites in local elementary, middle and high schools. 

3) We have started an invitation-only Math Mentorship Program offering individual attention to dedicated current Math Circle students who require extra support. 

4) We continued invitation-only Olympiad training for middle schoolers taught by Cole Hugelmeyer and Konstantin Miagkov. We focus on proof techniques in Olympiad problem solving.

5) We will have AMC10/12 training led by Brent Woodhouse on October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, January 22nd, January 29th, and February 5th from 2:15-3:45 PM in MS 6627. We will go over a variety of topics that are often seen on AMC 10/12.

6)Our Book "Breaking Numbers into Parts" by O.Gleizer, O. Radko, was published and is available on Amazon.com. The book is based on the  math circle curriculum for the youngest audience (ages 4-7).

What is the LA Math Circle?

Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC) is a top-tier math circle attracting elementary, middle and high school students interested in mathematics and eager to learn. LAMC is a program of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA and over the years was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mathematical Science Research Instittue (MSRI),  the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Raytheon, a gift from the Glickman family, and math circle families donations.

Following the traditions of Russian and Eastern European math circles, the program focuses on showcasing the beauty of mathematics and its applications, improving problem solving skills, preparing students for a variety of contests and competitions, creating a social context for mathematically inclined students as well as attracting students to math-related careers.

Types of meetings:

  • problem-solving sessions (most of the meetings);
  • expository talks on a variety of pur and applied math  topics;
  • preparation for various competitions, such as American Mathematical Competitions, Math Kangaroo, Bay Area Math Olympiad;

The topics we cover are as varied as advanced plane geometry, elementary number theory, fractals, combinatorics, game theory for the older students, logic, counting techniques, basic combinatorics for the younger ones. The main goal is to learn wonderful mathematics not covered in a typical school curriculum but accessible to the mathematically inclined students. Another goal is to actively engage students in problem solving and to learn effective problem solving strategies. To get an idea of what we are doing, please look at the titles and descriptions of past meetings which are available on our "Circle calendar" for the current year and on our "Archive" page for previous years

Please refer to FAQs if you have questions about the proper placement (choice of group) and other questions related to math circle.

Please see our Directions page for details on how to get there.

Contact LAMC

If you have any questions or comments, please write to Dr. Olga Radko, director of the Los Angeles Math Circle, at radko@math.ucla.edu after consulting the FAQs.

If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on the circle please use "Contact us" form on the left toolbar. Keep in mind that if you want to receive an answer to your comments you need to provide a return address.

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Coming up next weekend:

4/30 -- Advanced: Cardano formula, complex numbers, and Galois theory. (Oleg Gleizer)

We will see how symmetries of an equilateral triangle act on roots of cubic equations. 

4/30 -- High School II: Mathematical Magic

Professor Sami Assaf from USC joins us to talk about two magic tricks that use nothing but math!