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=Weekly Meeting=
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We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 120 Ingraham Hall</b>, during the school year. <b>New students are welcome at any point! </b> There is no required registration, no fee, and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week.  See below for directions. 
 
  
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 [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120, on the UW-Madison campus).
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]
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=COVID-19 Update=
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Due to COVID-19, all math circle events are canceled for Fall 2020.
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We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.
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Join our email list to be notified of math circle events once we resume:
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
  
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
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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.
 
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:''' http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!
  
 
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=All right, I want to come!=
==Directions and parking==
 
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.
 
 
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[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div>
 
 
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
 
  
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].
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We usually have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</b>, during the school year. <b> However, in Spring 2021, we will be meeting virtually on the first Monday of each month at 5pm. See the schedule and link below. New students are welcome at any point! </b> 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:
*A 0.2 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/3IFaw these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].
 
*A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/yFwNr these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. 
 
*A 0.2 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/9NNNm these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].
 
*A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/P156B these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .
 
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
 
  
==Email list==
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle
 
  
==Contact the organizers==
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.  
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, Lalit Jain, Ryan Julian, and Philip Matchett Wood): [mailto:math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu]. We are always interested in feedback!
 
  
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==
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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).
Coming soon!
 
  
==Flyer==
 
Coming soon!
 
  
==Help us grow!==
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==Meetings for Spring 2021==
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 2014 and Spring 2015=
 
  
 
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All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.
 
  
 
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! colspan="4" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2014
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2021
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! Date and RSVP links!! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info
 
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| September 8, 2014 || Philip Matchett Wood || [[#Philip Matchett Wood | Pictures and Puzzles]] ||
 
 
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| September 15, 2014 || Jen Beichman || [[#TBA | Playing with geometric sums]] ||
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| September 22, 2014 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Is any knot the unknot?]] ||
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| February 1, 2021 at 5-6pm || TBA || TBA
 
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| September 29, 2014 || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | The games of Criss Cross and Brussels Sprouts]] ||
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| March 1, 2021 at 5-6pm || TBA || TBA
 
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| October 6, 2014 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | Fluids, Math, and Oobleck!]] ||
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| April 5, 2021 at 5-6pm || TBA || TBA
 
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| October 13, 2014 || George Craciun || [[#George Craciun | Proofs without words (but with plenty of pictures)]] ||
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| May 3, 2021 at 5-6pm || TBA || TBA
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| October 20, 2014 || Scott Hottovy || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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| October 27, 2014 || Daniel Hast || [[#Hast | Clock arithmetic and perfect squares: a "Golden Theorem" of reciprocity]] ||
 
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| November 3, 2014 || Alisha Zachariah || [[#TBA | Origami]] ||
 
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| November 10, 2014 || Marko Budisic || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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| November 17, 2014 || Nigel Boston || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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| November 24, 2014 || TBA || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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! colspan="4" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2015
 
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| January 26, 2015 || TBA || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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| February 2, 2015 || TBA || [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
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| February 9, 2015 || Jeff Linderoth|| [[#TBA | Coming soon!]] ||
 
 
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== Abstracts ==
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==Directions and parking==
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Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.
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[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div>
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate.  Enter from Park Street.
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*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].
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*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. 
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*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].
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*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .
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*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
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-->
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During Spring 2021, the meetings will be held on Zoom at the link: ...
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==Email list==
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The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Please add your email in the form:
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Join Email List''']
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==Contact the organizers==
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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:mathcircleorganizers@g-groups.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
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<!--File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]-->
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<!--File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]-->
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File:Uri.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~andrews/ Prof. Uri Andrews]
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File: Omer.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~omer/ Dr. Omer Mermelstein]
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</gallery>
  
===Philip Matchett Wood===
 
''Pictures and Puzzles''
 
  
When does a simple picture solve a tricky puzzle?  Come and learn about how line-and-dot drawing can solve complex puzzles, and create some new puzzles besides!
 
  
===DJ Bruce===
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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed">
''Is any knot the unknot?
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<!--File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]-->
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File:caitlynbooms.jpg|[https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/cbooms Caitlyn Booms]
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File:colincrowley.jpg|[https://sites.google.com/view/colincrowley/home Colin Crowley]
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File:hyunjongkim.jpg|Hyun Jong Kim
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File:Xshen.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~xshen// Xiao Shen]
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File:connorsimpson.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~csimpson6/ Connor Simpson]
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</gallery>
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</center>
  
Abstract: You're walking home from school, and you pull out your head phones to listen to some tunes. However, inevitably they are a horribly tangled mess, but are they really a knot? We'll talk about what exactly is a knot, and how we can tell when something is not the unknot.
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==Donations==
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Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. 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 private donors. The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
  
===David Sondak===
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
''Fluids, Math and Oobleck!''
 
  
We will explore the magical world of fluids and their relationship to mathematicsAs an example of fluids and math in the real world, we will make the living fluid oobleck and discuss some of its mathematical properties.
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There are instructions on that page for donating to the Math Department<b> Be sure and add a Gift Note saying that the donation is intended for the "Madison Math Circle"!</b>  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.
  
=== George Craciun===
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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. 
''Proofs without words (but with plenty of pictures)''
 
  
We will discuss mathematical proofs that can be done using only pictures or figures. If you want to see many such examples you can check out the book "Proofs without Words: Exercises in Visual Thinking" by  Roger B. Nelsen. For more information also look at the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_without_words , where you can find links to Java Applets that show animations of proofs without words, such as http://usamts.org/Gallery/G_Gallery.php .
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Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
  
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==Help us grow!==
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If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow!  Students, parents, and teachers can help by:
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* Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with others!
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* Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Flyer_2020.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students.
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* Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
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* 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.
  
=== Daniel Hast===
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=Useful Resources=
''Clock arithmetic and perfect squares: a "Golden Theorem" of reciprocity''
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<!--==Annual Reports==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf  2013-2014 Annual Report]-->
  
We'll explore systems of arithmetic where numbers loop back around to zero (like the hours on a clock!), called "modular arithmetic". Which numbers are perfect squares in such systems? Gauss, one of the greatest mathematicians in history, called the remarkable answer the "golden theorem".
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== Archived Abstracts ==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2019-2020 2019 - 2020 Abstracts]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]
  
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==
 
 
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
 
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
  
=Link for presenters (in progress)=
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==
[[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
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[http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis]
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[https://www.mathcircles.org/activities Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles]
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[https://epdf.pub/circle-in-a-box715623b97664e247f2118ddf7bec4bfa35437.html "Circle in a Box"]

Latest revision as of 10:44, 11 January 2021

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For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, all math circle events are canceled for Fall 2020.

We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.

Join our email list to be notified of math circle events once we resume:

Math Circle Registration Form

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.


MathCircle 2.jpg MathCircle 4.jpg


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 usually have a weekly meeting, Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library, during the school year. However, in Spring 2021, we will be meeting virtually on the first Monday of each month at 5pm. See the schedule and link below. 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).


Meetings for Spring 2021

Spring 2021
Date Speaker Topic
February 1, 2021 at 5-6pm TBA TBA
March 1, 2021 at 5-6pm TBA TBA
April 5, 2021 at 5-6pm TBA TBA
May 3, 2021 at 5-6pm TBA TBA

Directions and parking

During Spring 2021, the meetings will be held on Zoom at the link: ...

Email list

The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Please add your email in the form: Join Email List

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. 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 private donors. 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 make donations 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:

  • Like our Facebook Page and share our events with others!
  • 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.

Useful Resources

Archived Abstracts

2019 - 2020 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 from Tom Davis

Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles

"Circle in a Box"