Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Fall session 2017

Registration for Fall session 2017 is now CLOSED. 
The next opportunity to enroll for new studnets is Summer 2018 session. 


Fall 2017 dates:

First meeting:  Sunday,  October 8th

Last meeting: 
Sunday, December 10th


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 setellites 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 ftaught 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 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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Coming up next weekend:

11/19 -- Advanced: Euclidean Algorithm

We formulate the Euclidean algorithm and use it to prove some important number-theoretic lemmas.

11/19 -- Beginners: Modular Arithmetic I

We will continue our study of modular arithmetic, and rigorously define the equivalence relation between numbers under a given modulo. We will find that this equivalence relations obeys many of the same properties as the traditional equals sign, which may lead to a new structure of numbers.

11/19 -- Early Elementary: Fun and Games on a Chessboard

Students will use different strategies and their knowledge of area to solve problems involving a chessboard.

11/19 -- High School I: Generating Functions

With our study of the infinite complete, we are going to talk about generating functions. Sequences are one of the common themes across mathematics, and generating functions give us a different powerful method for answering questions about sequences by looking at them in a different light. We will introduce the idea of generating functions, and use them to solve a variety of problems.