Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Fall  2016

Registration for Fall 2016  is now OPEN.  Please read carefully the information below:


grade 1: we do not have a program for 1st graders this year. If your child starts 1st grade in Fall 2016, please apply to Early Elementary group next year (for Fall 2017). We are planning to start a new group for students in grades 1-2 in Fall 2017;

grades 2-8: We do not anticipate any openings for new students in these grade levels. If there is a spot, the highest priority will be given to National Winners of Math Kangaroo contest and top students from our summer 2016 program.

grades 9-10: We expect to have a very limited number of spots for new students in our High School I and High School II groups. Please be sure to fill out your application in detail, providing information about your child's interest and achievements in mathematics. You should be as detailed and specific as possible. Specify what course the student is currently enrolled in (or the last course completed); specify CTY scores; results of AMC8/AMC10, Math Kangaroo, Science Fairs, or other contests. 


Early Elementary Group: grades 2-3 (2 groups)
Junior Circle: grades 4-5
Intermediate Group: grades 6-7
Advanced Group: grade 8
High school I: continuing students: grade 9; new students: grades 9 and 10
High school II: continuing students: grades 10-12; new students: grades 11 and 12.

Fall 2016 dates:

First meeting:  October 2nd

Last meeting:  
December 4th

No meeting:
 November 27th

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).

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


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.

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Coming up next weekend:

10/2 -- Advanced: Intro to Graphs. (Oleg Gleizer)

We will start with a few beautiful warm-up problems and proceed to learn some bare minimum of graph theory needed to fully understand the winning MathMovesU presentation Dan Tsan made last year.