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==Contact the organizers==
 
==Contact the organizers==
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
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The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:cbooms@wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
 
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Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.
 
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.
  
=Meetings for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018=
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=Meetings for Fall 2019=
  
 
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
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Talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2019
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| September 18, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Daniel Erman] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_18_2017 Welcome to the Madison Math Circle!]
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| September 23, 2019 || Soumya Sankar || Why don't map makers like high heels?
 
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| September 25, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_25_2017  Math is a game! ]
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| September 30, 2019 || Erika Pirnes || Why do ice hockey players fall in love with mathematicians?
 
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| October 2, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~rdavis/ Rachel Davis] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017 Thinking outside the box]
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| October 7, 2019 || Uri Andrews || Self-reference, proofs, and computer programming
 
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| October 9, 2017 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~sparenti/ Solly Parenti] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_9_2017 Hackenbush]
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| October 14, 2019 || James Hanson || When is a puzzle impossible?
 
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| October 16, 2017 || Mihaela Ifrim || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_16_2017 Escape of the Clones! ]
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| October 21, 2019 || Owen Goff || Symbolic Logic and How It's Really Just Arithmetic
 
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| October 23, 2017 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_23_2017 Recursion for Fun and Profit]
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| October 28, 2019 || Ian Seong || Counting, but Not Like Kindergarteners
 
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| October 30, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_30_2017 Euler Characteristic ]
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| November 4, 2019 || Omer Mermelstein || Ciphers: To Gibberish and Back Again
 
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| November 6, 2017 || [https://sites.google.com/site/uwwanlin/ Wanlin Li]  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_6_2017 How to Outsmart a State Test? ]
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| November 11, 2019 || Colin Crowley || Many Pennies
 
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| November 13, 2017 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_13_2017 Goldbug Variations ]
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| November 18, 2019 || Daniel Corey || The K<span>&#246;</span>nigsberg Bridge Problem
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| November 20, 2017 || Ethan Beihl  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_20_2017 Boomerang Sequences ]
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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|January 29, 2018 ||No Meeting - Cancelled ||
 
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| February 5, 2018  || Ben Wright  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_5_2018  Mobius Band Magic]
 
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| February 12, 2018 || Daniel Erman  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_12_2018  ]
 
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| February 19, 2018 || Brandon Boggess || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018 Towers of Hanoi]
 
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| February 26, 2018 || Becky Eastham || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_26_2018 No Pigeons Will Be Harmed During This Talk]
 
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| March 5, 2018 || Kit Newton || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018 ]
 
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| March 12, 2018 ||    || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_12_2018 ]
 
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| March 19, 2018 || Edwin Baeza ||  [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ]
 
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| March 26, 2018 || No Meeting - (Spring Break) ||
 
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| April 2, 2018 ||  Carrie Chen || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_2_2018 ]
 
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| April 9, 2018 || Reserved || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_9_2018 ]
 
 
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=Off-Site Meetings=
 
=Off-Site Meetings=
  
We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days.  Our schedule for 2017-2018 has not yet been determined.  If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days.  If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!
  
 
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| October 2nd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/ Moisés Herradón]  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_2_2017_.28East_High_School.29 How to make it as a Hackenbush player in the planet Zubenelgenubi 4]
 
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| November 2nd || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~rzachariah/ Alisha Zachariah]  ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_1 Fractals, Fractions and Fibonnaci.]
 
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| November 2nd (Canceled) || 11:00am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || [http://zachcharles.wordpress.com Zach Charles]  ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28WID.29_-_2 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]
 
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| November 2nd || 6:00pm ||  Whitewater High School - Whitewater, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce]  || 
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_2_2017_.28Whitewater.29 Doodling Daydreams]
 
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| November 3rd || 10:30am || KM Global - Wales, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Betsy Stovall] ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_3_2017_.28KM_Global.29 Recent discoveries in mathematics]
 
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| November 27th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce Juliette Bruce]  ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_27_2017_.28JMM_High_School.29 Is any knot not the unknot?]
 
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| December 11th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || [https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/jwg John Wiltshire-Gordon]  ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_11_2017_.28East_High_School.29 What if seven is zero?]
 
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2018
 
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| February 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Jordan Ellenberg  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 Is math destroying the right to vote?]
 
 
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| March 1st || 9:30am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Wanlin Li ||
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_1 TBD]
 
 
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| March 1st || 10:45am || Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - Madison, WI || Daniel Erman  ||
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_1_2018_.28WID.29_-_2 What does math research look like?]
 
 
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| March 5th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || Zach Charles  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_5_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 1+1 = 10 or "How does my computer do anything?"]
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| October 7, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || Solly Parenti || Tangled Up in Two || Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.
 
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| March 19th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || Phil Wood  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_19_2018_.28East_High_School.29 TBD]
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| November 4, 2019 || 2:45pm James Madison Memorial || Caitlyn Booms || Sneaky Segments || We call a line segment drawn between two lattice points in the coordinate plane sneaky if it does not pass through any other lattice points. During this presentation, we will try to understand exactly when this happens, and we'll discuss how to calculate the probability that two randomly chosen lattice points are connected by a sneaky segment.
 
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| April 30th || 2:45pm|| JMM High School - Madison, WI || TBD  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_30_2018_.28JMM_High_School.29 TBD]
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| November 11, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || Maya Banks || Tic-Tac-Topology || Tic-Tac-Toe is a game usually played on a flat piece of paper. In this standard setting, there is winning strategy--that is, if the player who goes first chooses their moves correctly, they will never lose. But we can also play Tic-Tac-Toe on a surface that isn't lying flat in a plane! In this talk, we will explore the game of Tic-Tac-Toe on cylinders, donuts, and even some wilder surfaces. We'll look for optimal strategies, and learn some topology in the process.
 
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
  
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/math-problems-2/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems]
  
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]
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[https://www.mathcircles.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/circleinabox.pdf "Circle in a Box"]

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For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

What is a Math Circle?

The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department. Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption. In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion. The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.

The level of the audience varies quite widely, including a mix of middle school and high school students, and the speakers generally address this by considering subjects that will be interesting for a wide range of students.


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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.

The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal: check it out!

All right, I want to come!

We have a weekly meeting, Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library, during the school year. New students are welcome at any point! There is no fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:

Math Circle Registration Form

All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.

If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).


Directions and parking

Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.

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Parking. Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:

Email list

The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu

Contact the organizers

The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the Department of Mathematics at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the organizers here. We are always interested in feedback!

Donations

Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our annual report, our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.

So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:

Online Donation Link

There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department. Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"! The money goes into the Mathematics Department Annual Fund and is routed through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, which is convenient for record-keeping, etc.

Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle Meetings. If you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check.

Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.

Help us grow!

If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:

  • Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students
  • Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others
  • Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings
  • Donating to Math Circle

Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.

Meetings for Fall 2019

Talks start at 6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library, unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2019
Date Speaker Topic
September 23, 2019 Soumya Sankar Why don't map makers like high heels?
September 30, 2019 Erika Pirnes Why do ice hockey players fall in love with mathematicians?
October 7, 2019 Uri Andrews Self-reference, proofs, and computer programming
October 14, 2019 James Hanson When is a puzzle impossible?
October 21, 2019 Owen Goff Symbolic Logic and How It's Really Just Arithmetic
October 28, 2019 Ian Seong Counting, but Not Like Kindergarteners
November 4, 2019 Omer Mermelstein Ciphers: To Gibberish and Back Again
November 11, 2019 Colin Crowley Many Pennies
November 18, 2019 Daniel Corey The Königsberg Bridge Problem

Off-Site Meetings

We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!

Fall 2019
Date Location Speaker Title Abstract
October 7, 2019 2:45pm East High Solly Parenti Tangled Up in Two Every tangled cord you have ever encountered is secretly a number. Once you learn how to count these cords, cleaning your room will be as easy as 1-2-3.
November 4, 2019 2:45pm James Madison Memorial Caitlyn Booms Sneaky Segments We call a line segment drawn between two lattice points in the coordinate plane sneaky if it does not pass through any other lattice points. During this presentation, we will try to understand exactly when this happens, and we'll discuss how to calculate the probability that two randomly chosen lattice points are connected by a sneaky segment.
November 11, 2019 2:45pm East High Maya Banks Tic-Tac-Topology Tic-Tac-Toe is a game usually played on a flat piece of paper. In this standard setting, there is winning strategy--that is, if the player who goes first chooses their moves correctly, they will never lose. But we can also play Tic-Tac-Toe on a surface that isn't lying flat in a plane! In this talk, we will explore the game of Tic-Tac-Toe on cylinders, donuts, and even some wilder surfaces. We'll look for optimal strategies, and learn some topology in the process.
December 16, 2019 2:45pm James Madison Memorial Daniel Erman TBD

Useful Resources

Annual Reports

2013-2014 Annual Report

Archived Abstracts

2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page

2016 - 2017 Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)

2015 - 2015 Abstracts

Archived Math Circle Material

Link for presenters (in progress)

Advice For Math Circle Presenters

Sample Talk Ideas/Problems

"Circle in a Box"