Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Fall  2015

Registration for Fall 2015 is now CLOSED.  

New Applicants

The number of applicants  greatly exceeded the number of spots we have in the math circle. Please read the informaiotn below carefully: 

1. New applicants in grades 1 and 2: we will have two new Early Elementary groups. Enrollment into these groups will be based on an assessment which will be held in  mid September. Please note that students are expected to read fluently and have excellent reading comprehension in order to successfully take the assessment. You should have received information about  the date and time of the assessment by e-mail. If not, please contact the math circle at radko@math.ucla.edu. 

2. New applicants in grades 3-12 : we had a very limited number of spots in some of the groups and  no spots at all in the other groups. At the moment, your child is placed on a waiting list.  If we have a spot for your child or need additional information, we will immediately notify you. Please note that sometimes a spot might open up in the middle of school year. 

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.

Math Circle Structure (Fall 2015) 

Early Elementary group (grades 1-2) --- room MS 5147; lead instructor: April Pan; two new groups: 3:45-4:45 and 5-6pm. 

Junior Circle group (grades 3-4) --- room MS 5117;  lead instructor:  Katherine Xu; two groups: 3:45-4:45 and 5-6pm. 

Beginners group (grades 5-7) -- rooms MS 6943 (lead instructor: Ivy Wang) and MS 6201 (lead instructor: Ishita Gambhir), 4-6 pm.

Intermediate group (grades 7-8) -- room MS 6221 (lead instructor  Oleg Gleizer), 4-6pm.

Advanced group  (grade 8-9) -- room MS 6S 3974 (lead instructors  Noah Olander and Michael Puthawala), 4-6pm.

High School I (grades 9-10) -- IPAM (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics); lead instructor: Don Laackman, 4-6pm.

High School II  (grades 11-12) -- room MS 6620; lead instructor: TBA,  4-6pm

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

Fall 2015 dates

First meeting:  October 4th 

Last meeting:  December 6th

No meeting: November 29th (Thanksgiving holiday weekend)


Important Note: Math. Sciences 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:

10/11 -- High School I: Voting Theory 2

4PM-6PM in IPAM Is a fair voting system even possible?