Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Spring session 2018

Registration for SPRING  2018 session is now OPEN.  Please note that we only accept applications from continuing students. We do not expect any openings for new students in the Spring 2018.

Continuing students: If you are interested in continuing with the math circle, please login into your account and submit a very brief application. (This is the only way for us to know that you want to participate this quarter.) Please keep in mind that all students in good standing who completed the WINTER 2017 session have a spot reserved for them in the SPRING session.

New students: consider applying to the Summer 2018 session (please see the information below). 


Information about Summer session 2018

For new students, the next opportunity to enroll  is the Summer 2018 session. Our summer session is separate from the academic year program and was created to accommodate qualified applicants who did not have a chance to experience the math circle during the academic year. Detailed information about the summer session as well as applications  will be available in May.

Summer session classes meet once a week for 8-10 weeks from mid-June to mid-August, on Sunday afternoon or a workday afternoon (depending on the instructors' preferred schedule).  Usually, the summer session has classes for students in elementary and middle school only. Availability of  specific grade levels depends on availability of instructors.
No specific information is available until May. 

All applicants for the Summer session will be testing at the end of May/early June. Please note that summer session is separate from the academic year program. Participants of the summer program do not continue in the academic year program. We might have a spot for 1-2 top students from each summer session groups, but even this is not guaranteed. 

Spring  2018 dates:

First meeting:  Sunday,  April 8th
Last meeting: 
Sunday, June 10th

No meeting: Sunday,  May 27th (long weekend) 

Math Circle groups and locations

Name of the group  Grade levels Location
Breaking Numbers into Parts  K-1  MS 6201 (9am and 10am)
Early Elementary 1-2 MS 3915G
Junior Circle                                       3-4 MS 3915A
Beginners group 5-6 MS 3974 (Taylor's group) 
MS 3915H (Eli's group)
Advanced group 7-8 MS 6221 (Ivy's group)
MS 6201 (Konstantin's group)
High School I 9-10 MS 6620
High School II 11-12 IPAM


OTHER PROJECTS (information below refers to 2017-2018 school year)

1) We are supporting current Math Circle students who are  starting their own Math Circle Satellites in local elementary, middle and high schools. If you are a current Math Circle student interested in starting (or continuing with) your own Math Circle Satellite program, please look out for the information about the info session about satellites that will take place later in October. 

2) We continue invitation-only Math Mentorship Program offering individual attention to dedicated current Math Circle students who require extra support. The program is taught by Mya Greene, a Math Circle alumna who currently studies at USC. Students can be recommended for the Mentorship  Program by the lead instructor of their group. 

3) We continue with the  invitation-only Olympiad training taught by Konstantin Miagkov (assisted by Kyle Hess). The program focuses on proof techniques in Olympiad problem solving. At the moment, Olympiad training is just for students who continue with the program.

4) We will have AMC8 and  AMC10/12 training led by Brent Woodhouse on dates TBA in MS 6627. We will go over a variety of topics that are often seen on the AMCs. The AMC training is open to all current Math Circle students in appropriate grade levels. 

5) 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). The BNP class for K-1 students is based on this book. 


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 Institute (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 pure 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.

Coming up next weekend:

4/22 -- Advanced: Induction and Geometry III

We proceed by applying induction to problems in algebra. Also: more inscribed angles.

4/22 -- Junior Circle: Taxicab Geometry II

Our second look at noneuclidean geometry and how shapes change under our new definition of distance.