Welcome to the Math Circle
Enrollment for Fall 2015
Registration for Fall 2015 is now open. Please read the information below carefully before going to the My Circle tab to complete the application:
In most cases, students in good standing who were enrolled in the Math Circle in Spring 2015 and apply for Fall 2015 will be enrolled automatically.
However, it is very important that you submit the application form -- this is the only way for us to know that you are interested in continuing with the math circle.
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.
1. For 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 administered to all applicants in late August -- early September. Please note that students are expected to read fluently and have excellent reading comprehension in order to successfully take the assessment. You will be notifed of the date and time of the assessment by e-mail at least 2 weeks in advance.
2. For new applicants in grades 3-12 : we expected a very limited number of spots in some of the groups and possible no spots at all in the other groups. Please make sure you fill out the application providing all the details. In particular, describe any evidence of mathematical interest, ability and potential providing concrete examples. If we have a spot for your child, 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 TBA; lead instructor: April Pan; two new groups: 3:45-4:45 and 5-6pm.
Junior Circle group (grades 3-4) --- room TBA; lead instructor: Katherine Xu; two groups: 3:45-4:45 and 5-6pm.
Beginners group (grades 5-7) -- rooms MS 3974 (lead instructor: Ivy Wang) and MS 3915H (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 6201 (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.