Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Registration  for  Winter 2014  will be available shortly. Most spots are reserved for students continuing from Fall 2013. Students who did not get a placement in the math circle are put on the waiting list.

The Winter 2014 session will start on Sunday, January 12th. 

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 (AMC8, AMC10, AMC12, AIME, USAMO), 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 (Winter 2014) 

In Winter 2014, Math Circle will have the following levels of participation:

  • Early Elementary Circle  (grades 1-2; room MS 3915D, 1 hr),  led by  Katja Goldring;
  • Junior Circle (grades 3-4; room MS 3915H), led  by  Cory Williams;
  • Beginners Circle (grade 5-6; room MS 3915A), led by Dr. Oleg Gleizer;
  • Intermediate Circle  (grades 6-7; room MS 3974), led by Deven Ware;
  • Advanced Circle (grades 7-8; room MS 6201), led by Jeff Lewis;
  • High School - I (grades 9-10; room  MS 6221), led by John Lensmire;
  • High School - II (grades 11-12; room MS 6627), led by Francisc Bozgan and Ufuk Kanat;

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

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and both High school groups meet 4-6p.m.

Early Elementary and Junior circle meet 3:45 - 4:45p.m. (group 1)  and 5 - 6p.m.(group 2). Enrolled students will be informed about the group placement 2 weeks before classes start. 

Enrollment for Fall 2013

Please apply for Fall 2013 by going to "Apply to LAMC" on the left toolbar. Please submit your complete application before August 20th. 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:

No meetings scheduled