Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC)!

Winter quarter session 2019

We are accepting applications for Winter 2019 at the moment.  More Winter 2019 info.

Continuing students in good standing a guaranteed a spot in the Winter session (need to apply by 1/1/19).

New students: Please start by going over our FAQs addressing the enrollment process. The next opportunity for new students to apply is Summer session 2019. Information and applications will be available on this web page in May 2019. All applicants will have to take an assessment in late May -- early June. 
If you decide to apply for Winter session (with the understanding that the chances of a spot opening up are very small), please fill out your application in details providing all the required information. 

For now, please feel free to use our curriculum at home. Handouts are posted weekly and are available in the "Calendar" section of the web page. Handouts from past years are available in the "Archive" section of the web page. 

New LAMC T-shirt Design

We are excited to showcase our new LAMC t-shirt design!
Do you know how to draw the 4D cube below (also known as a hypercube or tesseract)? Click here to learn.

Recent News

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-sucient 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


Read our LAMC Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition

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.

Coming up next weekend:

No meetings scheduled