Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle


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).

Enrollment for Spring 2016

Registration for Spring 2016  is now OPEN.  Please go to "My Circle" tab on the left to start the application process.

New Applicants

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

1. New applicants in grades 1-7: we do not anticipate any openings for new students in Spring 2016. We suggest that you apply to our Summer 2016 session (applications will be available in May). 

2. New applicants in grades 8-12 : we have a very limited number of spots in some of the groups.  Please complete the online application providing detailed information about your child's interest, level and achievement in mathematics. 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 the session. 

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 5138;  lead instructor:  Andrew George; 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: Dillon Zhi,  4-6pm

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

Spring 2016 dates

First meeting:  April 3rd 

Last meeting:  June 5th

No meeting: 
May 29th


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:

5/1 -- Beginners: Graph Theory III

This week, we will finish up our study of graphs by looking at graph isomorphisms and seeing more applications of graph theory.

5/1 -- Early Elementary: Projections II

We will continue working with projections today. Please bring blocks if you have them.

5/1 -- High School I: Topological Surfaces

5/1 -- Intermediate: Problem solving session. (Oleg Gleizer)

We will go over the proof of commutativity of addition of non-negative integers one more time. Then we will proceed to solve problems from the next handout. If time permits, we will also discuss the solution of the functional equation xf(x+xy) = xf(x) + f(x^2)f(y). The problem was brought about by Matthew Roth - thanks, Matt!

5/1 -- Junior Circle: Take Away Games (Florence Liu)

This week we talk about strategy of a particular two player game.

5/1 -- Junior Circle: Take Away Games II: Nim (Andrew George)

This week we have a second week of our surprisingly popular "Take Away Games" worksheet! This time around: the game of Nim.