Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Fall session 2017

Registration for Fall session 2017 is now OPEN. Please read the information below carefully before applying for Fall 2017.

Fall 2017 dates:

First meeting:  Sunday,  October 8th

Last meeting: 
Sunday, December 10th

Information for Continuing Students:

If your child is a continuing student in good standing, we have a spot reserved for him/her. Please make sure you are applying for the right group. Students move up as a group, but the group names change as your child gets older.

The table below should help you select the right group. The grade levels below refer to the grade level in 2017-2018. 

Name of the group in Spring 2017   Name of the group in Fall 2017                        Grade levels in 2017-18

Early Elementary                             Junior Circle                                                                            3-4  

Junior Circle                                     Beginners group                                                                     5-6

Beginners group                              Advanced group                                                                      7-8

Advanced group                              High School I                                                                           9-10  
High School I                                   High School I                                                                           10 

High School I                                   High School II                                                                          11

High School II                                  High School II                                                                           11-12

Information for New Students:

We will have two new levels for incoming students:

1. Breaking Numbers into Parts  (BNP) is a program for incoming Kindergarten students. The program will follow our book "Breaking Numbers into Parts" by O.Gleizer, O.Radko, and will be taught by Ms. Vivian Moy-Dinson. 

All applicants to the BNP groups will be tested on Sunday, September 24th. Applicants must be able to do simple arithmetic (4+2=?, must be able to read at a 1st grade level and must be able to solve word problems). 

2. Early Elementary circle (EE) is a program for incoming 1st and 2nd grade students. The program will follow our standard Early Elementary Curriculum and will be taught by Ms. Courtney Scott. 
All applicants to the EE groups will be tested on Sunday, September 24th. We are looking for excellent knowledge of school math and creativity in problem solving. All applicants must be reading fluently in order to succeed with the assessment. 

OTHER PROJECTS (information below refers to 2016-2017 school year)

1) We have started a new class, "Geometry Through Problem Solving" for 6th-7th graders. The class follows the book "Geometry in Problems" by Alexander Shen and is taught by Konstantin Miagkov. The meetings are on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM.

2) Several of our students are starting their own Math Circle Satellites in local elementary, middle and high schools. 

3) We have started an invitation-only Math Mentorship Program offering individual attention to dedicated current Math Circle students who require extra support. 

4) We continued invitation-only Olympiad training for middle schoolers taught by Cole Hugelmeyer and Konstantin Miagkov. We focus on proof techniques in Olympiad problem solving.

5) We will have AMC10/12 training led by Brent Woodhouse on October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, January 22nd, January 29th, and February 5th from 2:15-3:45 PM in MS 6627. We will go over a variety of topics that are often seen on AMC 10/12.

6)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

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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