Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Math circle meetings will start on Sunday, October 12th. 

Registration for Fall 2014 is now closed. 

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 various 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.

Math Circle Structure (Fall 2014) 

Early Elementary group (grades 2-3) --- room MS 3915 A  led by Daniel O'Connor; two groups: 3:45-4:45 and 5-6pm. 

Beginners group (grades 4-5) -- rooms MS 3915D (Cory Williams) and MS 3915H (Emmanuelle Hodara), 4-6 pm.

Intermediate I (grades 5-7) -- room MS 6221 (led by Oleg Gleizer), 4-6pm.

Intermediate II (grade 7) -- room MS 6S 6201 (led by Adam Drown), 4-6pm.

Advanced (grade 8) -- IPAM (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics), led by Joyce Law, 4-6pm.

High School I  (grades 9-10) -- room MS 3974 (led by John Lensmire and Pietro Carolino), 4-6pm

High School II (grades 11-12) -- room MS 6620 (coordinated by Alin Galatan), 4-6pm

All Math Circle meetings take place on Sundays afternoons   at UCLA.


Enrollment for Fall 2014

We expect that the number of applicants will greatly exceed the number of spots we have in the math circle. To increase your chances, please be sure to answer all the questions in the application as completely as possibly. While given some priority, previously enrolled students do not automatically get a spot in the math circle and need to go through the same application process.  In some groups, there might be few or no spots for new students. 

Important Note: Math. Sci. Building Access

The Mathematical Science Building is locked on Sundays. The glass doors on the 5th floor (entry from the breezeway with vending machines) should be unlocked during the times of the math circle. However, all other doors in the building will be locked. If you are accustomed to entering the building through other doors, please make sure that you know how to enter through the doors on the 5th floor. Please see our Directions Page for more information.

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.

Coming up next weekend:

11/23 -- Beginners: Mirrors and Kaleidoscopes

This week we will continue our discussion of symmetry using mirrors. Using Reflect-It Mirrors, we will explore 2-mirror systems, 3-mirror systems, and various triangular kaledeidoscope configurations.

11/23 -- Early Elementary: Exploring the City of Descartes! (Daniel O'Connor)

We'll continue our exploration of Cartesian coordinates.

11/23 -- High School I: Graph Theory

Today we will study some problems in graph theory, an area that has many applications to social media, including Facebook!

11/23 -- High School II: Guest speaker: Alejandro Morales

We will explore the combinatorics of placing non-attacking rooks in a chess board. In how many ways can we place n non-attacking rooks on a n x n board? how about if we do not allow rooks to be on the diagonal of the board? We will explore these and other questions and techniques for doing these counts.

11/23 -- Intermediate I: Boolean algebra, an overview. (Oleg Gleizer)

We will take another look at the material we have studied, from the division algorithm to Boolean algebra to hypercubes. We will also solve a bunch of cool olympiad-style problems.

11/23 -- Intermediate II: Boolean algebra, an overview. (Adam Drown)

We will take another look at the material we have studied, from the division algorithm to Boolean algebra to hypercubes. We will also solve a bunch of cool olympiad-style problems.