Madison Math Circle
- 1 Weekly Meeting
- 2 What is a Math Circle?
- 3 All right, I want to come!
- 4 Meetings for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
- 5 Link for presenters (in progress)
We have a weekly meeting, Monday at 6pm in 120 Ingraham Hall, during the school year. New students are welcome at any point! 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 Ingraham Hall room 120, on the UW-Madison campus).
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.
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
All right, I want to come!
Directions and parking
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.
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 Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive.
- A 0.2 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via these directions, many spots (free starting 4:30pm) in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive.
- A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via these directions, many spots (free starting 4:30pm) in Lot 34.
- A 0.2 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via these directions, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in front of Lathrop Hall.
- A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via these directions 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall .
- For more information, see the UW-Madison Parking Info website.
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle
Contact the organizers
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): email@example.com. We are always interested in feedback!
Report on Math Circle in 2013-14
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 2014 and Spring 2015
All talks are at 6pm in Ingraham Hall room 120, unless otherwise noted.
|Date and RSVP links||Speaker||Topic||Link for more info|
|September 8, 2014||Philip Matchett Wood||Pictures and Puzzles|
|September 15, 2014||Jen Beichman||Playing with geometric sums|
|September 22, 2014||DJ Bruce||Is any knot the unknot?|
|September 29, 2014||Uri Andrews||The games of Criss Cross and Brussels Sprouts|
|October 6, 2014||David Sondak||Fluids, Math, and Oobleck!|
|October 13, 2014||TBA||Coming soon!|
|October 20, 2014||Scott Hottovy||Coming soon!|
|October 27, 2014||Daniel Hast||Coming soon!|
|November 3, 2014||Alisha Zachariah||Origami|
|November 10, 2014||Marko Budisic||Coming soon!|
|November 17, 2014||Nigel Boston||Coming soon!|
|November 24, 2014||TBA||Coming soon!|
|January 26, 2015||TBA||Coming soon!|
|February 2, 2015||TBA||Coming soon!|
|February 9, 2015||Jeff Linderoth||Coming soon!|
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!
Is any knot the unknot?
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.
Fluids, Math and Oobleck!
We will explore the magical world of fluids and their relationship to mathematics. As an example of fluids and math in the real world, we will make the living fluid oobleck and discuss some of its mathematical properties.
Link for presenters (in progress)