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Los Angeles Math Circle History

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2018-2019 news

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Breaking Numbers into Parts published!

We are excited to share that the 2nd edition of **Breaking Numbers into Parts**, an innovative LAMC curriculum for kindergarten and 1st grade, is now published and available on Amazon.com. As of now, Part 1 of the book is available. Part 2 is expected to be available early next year. Together, Parts 1 and 2 form a self-suﬃcient math enrichment course for a full academic year.

*The second edition of the book:*

• Uses a mathematical tool called Young diagrams to teach students breaking positive integers into parts in all the possible ways.

• Utilizes the developed technique to prove commutativity of addition of natural numbers in an age-appropriate fashion. The book also explains why commutativity is such a big deal, in math and in real life.

• Introduces numbers as points on the number line.

• Establishes the concepts of digits and numbers, odd and even numbers, variables, operations (functions) and inverse operations, all in a way accessible to advanced kindergarten and 1st grade students.

• Is feedback-based and contains many teaching tips, additional problems, solutions to most problems, as well as quizzes. Professional illustrations serve to enhance the content.

*The book is currently used by the following programs:*

- Los Angeles Math Circle, a free Sunday math school for mathematically inclined children run by UCLA Department of Mathematics

- CalTech Math and Science Circle

- WorldSpeak School, an independent language immersion and math specialized elementary school on Westwood Blvd. not far from UCLA campus

- Creative Learning Place, an enrichment program catering to the needs of homeschooling families and charter schools, located on W. Olympic Blvd

- STEMM, an enrichment program specializing in math and robotics, located in Torrance

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2017-2018 news

Read our LAMC Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition

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Summer 2018: LAMC's graduating seniors take flight!

Seven LAMC participants graduated from high school and are preparing to begin the college life in the fall. Pictured below are:
Murad Avliyakulov — attended math circle for 5 years; will attend Yale

Sutton Shin — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend UC Berkeley

Edan’el Fishbein — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend UC San Diego

Don Laackman (High School II group lead instructor) — taught math circle for 6 years; graduating with PhD in math from the department this year; will be Los Angeles Site Director and Program Coordinator for Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a nonprofit organization that works to help underserved students enter advanced study of mathematics through summer and extracurricular programs.

Cy Gilman — attended math circle for 7 years; will attend Columbia University

Mason Hendrick - attended math circle for 4 years; will attend Loyola Marymount university

Maksym Schchepetkin attended math circle for 6 years; will attend UCLA

One of our seniors, Megan Joshi, (pictured below) could not be there for the graduation. She has been with the math circle for 6 years and will go to MIT.

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LAMC recently celebrated its 10th anniversary!

Click here to learn more about how LAMC has evolved over the years and to read a couple testimonials from LAMC alumni.