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<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#Megan Maguire | Aperiodic tilings: Beyond your parents' bathroom floor]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#Tess Anderson | Gold Coins and Goats]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
===Megan Maguire=== <br />
''Aperiodic tilings: Beyond your parents' bathroom floor''<br />
<br />
A tiling is a way of covering the plane with geometric shapes such that there are no overlaps or gaps. If you have any tile in your home (maybe in your kitchen or bathroom) that is most likely an example of a tiling. Come learn about the cool math behind tilings and about the coolest tiling of all, the Penrose tiling.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Tess Anderson===<br />
''Gold Coins and Goats''<br />
<br />
What do pulling gold coins out of a a hat have to do with the famous Monty Hall "Goat Problem" in which you are a game show contestant trying to pick out the one prize hidden behind one of three doors? Come and find out while savoring some chocolate gold coins. We will also discuss a jailer problem in which an infinite number of jailers try to free an infinite number of prisoners. If time permits, other fun problems will be discussed.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10556Madison Math Circle2015-10-26T12:09:34Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#Megan Maguire | Aperiodic tilings: Beyond your parents' bathroom floor]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#Tess Anderson | Gold Coins and Goats]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Tess Anderson===<br />
''Gold Coins and Goats''<br />
<br />
What do pulling gold coins out of a a hat have to do with the famous Monty Hall "Goat Problem" in which you are a game show contestant trying to pick out the one prize hidden behind one of three doors? Come and find out while savoring some chocolate gold coins. We will also discuss a jailer problem in which an infinite number of jailers try to free an infinite number of prisoners. If time permits, other fun problems will be discussed.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10551Madison Math Circle2015-10-24T19:26:44Z<p>Abbott: /* Tess Anderson */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#Tess Anderson | Gold Coins and Goats]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Tess Anderson===<br />
''Gold Coins and Goats''<br />
<br />
What do pulling gold coins out of a a hat have to do with the famous Monty Hall "Goat Problem" in which you are a game show contestant trying to pick out the one prize hidden behind one of three doors? Come and find out while savoring some chocolate gold coins. We will also discuss a jailer problem in which an infinite number of jailers try to free an infinite number of prisoners. If time permits, other fun problems will be discussed.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10550Madison Math Circle2015-10-24T19:26:31Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#Tess Anderson | Gold Coins and Goats]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Tess Anderson===<br />
''Gold Coins and Goats''<br />
<br />
What do pulling gold coins out of a a hat have to do with the famous Monty Hall "Goat Problem" in which you are a game show contestant trying to pick out the one prize hidden behind one of three doors? Come and find out while savoring some chocolate gold coins. We will also discuss a jailer problem in which an infinite number of jailers try to free an infinite number of prisoners. If time permits, other fun problems will be discussed.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10549Madison Math Circle2015-10-24T19:25:48Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#Tess Anderson | Gold Coins and Goats]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10537Madison Math Circle2015-10-23T12:47:07Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Marko Budisic===<br />
''Mathematics of GPS satellites''<br />
<br />
GPS is a system of satellites circling the Earth at a height 12,500 miles. That means you could easily fit both Mars and Venus in the distance between your phone and each car-sized satellite hovering in space. Once considered science fiction, GPS is now a part of our everyday life: we can use it through our phones, through our car navigation, and even some watches. Simple math equations lie at the heart of this system, and we will write them down, understand what they mean, and figure out how to solve them.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10536Madison Math Circle2015-10-23T12:46:13Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#Marko Budisic | Mathematics of GPS satellites]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10515Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:39:51Z<p>Abbott: /* Contact the organizers */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, DJ Bruce, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, 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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10514Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:39:07Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10513Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:38:37Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10512Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:38:01Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10511Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:37:09Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10510Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:36:34Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*A 0.6 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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10509Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:35:05Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*A 0.6 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]. <br />
*A 0.3 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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10508Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:34:20Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*A 0.6 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/62cdC3 these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10507Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:33:25Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10506Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:30:30Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free. Enter from Park Street.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10505Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:29:52Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=File:Helencwhitemap.png&diff=10504File:Helencwhitemap.png2015-10-21T18:28:28Z<p>Abbott: </p>
<hr />
<div></div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10503Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:26:22Z<p>Abbott: /* Directions and parking */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 3255 Helen C. White Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, though it is not free.<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10502Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:22:34Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10501Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:22:21Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| [[#TBA |]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10500Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:20:55Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10499Madison Math Circle2015-10-21T18:19:52Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || <s>Keith Rush</s> CANCELLED|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | TBA]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10465Madison Math Circle2015-10-14T12:30:57Z<p>Abbott: /* Carolyn Abbott */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10464Madison Math Circle2015-10-14T12:30:40Z<p>Abbott: /* High school meetings for Fall 2015 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Donuts and Coffee Cups [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
Imagine you and a friend are cutting polygons out of a sheet of rubber and then gluing the edges together to create some strange surface. (Try it! Glue the opposite sides of a paper square together -- what shape do you get?) How can you tell if you both will end up with the some surface?<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10463Madison Math Circle2015-10-14T12:30:20Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Classifying surfaces [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Carolyn Abbott=== <br />
''Donuts and coffee cups: the topology of surfaces''<br />
<br />
A classic problem in topology is to decide whether one surfaces can be deformed into another, without creating any holes or connecting any new points (stretching and bending is allowed!). If you can do so, such surfaces are considered 'the same.' We will formalize this notion and classify all closed surfaces, along the way answering such questions as whether a coffee cup is the same as a donut.<br />
<br />
Imagine you and a friend are cutting polygons out of a sheet of rubber and then gluing the edges together to create some strange surface. (Try it! Glue the opposite sides of a paper square together -- what shape do you get?) How can you tell if you both will end up with the some surface?<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10462Madison Math Circle2015-10-14T12:06:05Z<p>Abbott: /* High school meetings for Fall 2015 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Carolyn Abbott || Classifying surfaces [[#Carolyn Abbott | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews=== <br />
''Fair Division''<br />
<br />
You go off to college and you rent a house with 4 of your best friends. Some of the bedrooms are bigger, others come with a built in TV, yet others have big widows with a nice view. You have to split up the rooms, the rent, and the chores. How do you do it and make everybody happy?<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10446Madison Math Circle2015-10-12T18:22:52Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || Fair Division [[#Uri Andrews | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews=== <br />
''Fair Division''<br />
<br />
You go off to college and you rent a house with 4 of your best friends. Some of the bedrooms are bigger, others come with a built in TV, yet others have big widows with a nice view. You have to split up the rooms, the rent, and the chores. How do you do it and make everybody happy?<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10445Madison Math Circle2015-10-12T18:21:14Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || Fair Division [[#Uri Andrews | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews=== <br />
''Fair Division''<br />
<br />
You go off to college and you rent a house with 4 of your best friends. Some of the bedrooms are bigger, others come with a built in TV, yet others have big widows with a nice view. You have to split up the rooms, the rent, and the chores. How do you do it and make everybody happy?<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10444Madison Math Circle2015-10-12T18:20:26Z<p>Abbott: /* High school meetings for Fall 2015 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>We are thrilled to announce that, starting on September 28, we have a beautiful new room for our Math Circle: Room 3255 in the Helen C White Library, which is right next to the Memorial Union on the UW Campus. We apologize for the inconvenience that our room changes have caused but we think this will be a great fit.</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
We have a weekly meeting, <b>Monday at 6pm in 3255 Helen C White Library</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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || Fair Division [[#Uri Andrews | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works. (Solutions to the worksheet distributed during the circle can be found [[File:Pick.pdf]].)<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
===Ryan Julian===<br />
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''<br />
<br />
Like most people, I've often considered opening an eight dimensional grocery store. Of course, the main difficulty with this plan is that I'd need some way of neatly stacking all of the eight dimensional fruit that I'd be selling. In this talk, we'll explore a variety of elementary counting problems, discover that nearly all elementary counting problems are really the same problem, and we'll apply these new insights to determine how to stack 8 dimensional fruits into neat 8 dimensional pyramids.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10334Madison Math Circle2015-09-25T12:36:34Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
===Jessica Lin=== <br />
''The Math of Sudoku''<br />
<br />
Have you ever sat next to someone in the airport or airplane who plays sudoku? Have you ever tried to play yourself? When you play, do you have some strategies that help you to complete the puzzle? It turns out that there is some deep mathematics behind this simple game. Come to math circle this week to learn about it, and maybe you can help the person next to you solve his/her sudoku!<br />
<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10333Madison Math Circle2015-09-25T12:35:20Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | The Math of Sudoku]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10293Madison Math Circle2015-09-22T13:16:57Z<p>Abbott: /* High school meetings for Fall 2015 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10292Madison Math Circle2015-09-22T13:16:21Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
''Guarding Mona Lisa''<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque=== <br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will a very easy formula that allows us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
''How to catch a (data) thief''<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10291Madison Math Circle2015-09-22T13:14:16Z<p>Abbott: /* Eva Elduque */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
"Guarding Mona Lisa"<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque===<br />
''Pick's Theorem''<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will find a very easy formula that will allow us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are on points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
"How to catch a (data) thief"<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10290Madison Math Circle2015-09-22T13:13:44Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
"Guarding Mona Lisa"<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
===Eva Elduque===<br />
"Pick's Theorem"<br />
<br />
In this talk, we will find a very easy formula that will allow us to quickly compute the areas of polygons whose vertices are on points of a grid, and we will prove that this formula works.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
"How to catch a (data) thief"<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10289Madison Math Circle2015-09-22T13:13:05Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Elduque | Pick's Theorem]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
"Guarding Mona Lisa"<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
<br />
===Daniel Erman===<br />
"How to catch a (data) thief"<br />
<br />
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10266Madison Math Circle2015-09-20T17:26:50Z<p>Abbott: /* LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a CONTINUED scheduling snafu, our SEPT 21 meeting will ALSO take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
===Uri Andrews===<br />
"Guarding Mona Lisa"<br />
<br />
You have gotten a tip that a famous art thief is going to steal something from the Louvre. It is your task to organize a security team that can watch all the works of art. The problem is that the Louvre is really big and has a strange layout. Where do you put your guards? And how many do you need?<br />
<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10227Madison Math Circle2015-09-16T22:05:51Z<p>Abbott: /* High school meetings for Fall 2015 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10203Madison Math Circle2015-09-14T13:07:36Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10202Madison Math Circle2015-09-14T12:58:12Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
<br />
===Will Mitchell=== <br />
''Are these networks the same?''<br />
<br />
The question of deciding whether two things are the same comes up in many different places in math. In this session we'll consider the problem of deciding if two networks or "graphs" are the same. This leads to some entertaining and challenging puzzles. We will also learn a bit about how people try to solve similar problems using computers. This problem has applications in the design of electronic circuits and in searching for organic chemical compounds within large databases.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10201Madison Math Circle2015-09-14T12:57:24Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10200Madison Math Circle2015-09-14T12:56:55Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | How to SEE Sound]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10196Madison Math Circle2015-09-12T14:13:26Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10191Madison Math Circle2015-09-11T20:47:52Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10190Madison Math Circle2015-09-11T20:47:37Z<p>Abbott: /* Abstracts */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''How to SEE Sound''<br />
The idea is to give a simple overview of sound waves by introducing sines and cosines and some of their basic anatomy (amplitude and frequency). We will then have a computational component where the students create their own sound waves by fiddling with parameters in the sines and cosines (again, amplitude, frequency and different superpositions of the sines and cosines). They will actually be able to see plots of their waves AND listen to their waves. Finally, if time permits, the students will use their own sound waves to make Oobleck dance. This will bring the exercise full circle in that they will be able to see their very own sound waves in action.<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10189Madison Math Circle2015-09-11T20:46:10Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=<br />
<font size="4" color = red>Due to a scheduling snafu, our Sept 14 meeting will take place in B215 Van Vleck. This is on the 2nd basement floor of Van Vleck Hall, which is right next to Ingraham Hall. (On the map below it is the "Department of Mathematics Building".)</font><br />
<br />
=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''TBA''<br />
TBA<br />
<br />
=Contact Information Form=<br />
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10141Madison Math Circle2015-09-08T23:46:55Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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. <br />
<br />
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
<br />
==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
<br />
==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
<br />
<br />
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || TBA|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
|-<br />
| February 1, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 15, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|-<br />
| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
<br />
=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
<br />
We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
<br />
<center><br />
<br />
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"<br />
|-<br />
! colspan="5" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015<br />
|-<br />
|-<br />
! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
|-<br />
| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
|-<br />
|}<br />
<br />
</center><br />
== Abstracts ==<br />
<br />
===David Sondak=== <br />
''TBA''<br />
TBA<br />
<br />
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
<br />
=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbotthttps://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php?title=Madison_Math_Circle&diff=10140Madison Math Circle2015-09-08T23:46:43Z<p>Abbott: /* Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 */</p>
<hr />
<div>=Weekly Meeting=<br />
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. <br />
<br />
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).<br />
<br />
=What is a Math Circle?=<br />
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.<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
[[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]] <br />
<br />
<br />
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.<br />
<br />
'''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<br />
<br />
=All right, I want to come!=<br />
==Directions and parking==<br />
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.<br />
<br />
<div class="center" style="width:auto; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;"><br />
[[File: Ingraham_Map.jpg|400px]]</div><br />
<br />
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:<br />
<br />
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].<br />
*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].<br />
*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]. <br />
*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].<br />
*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] .<br />
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].<br />
<br />
==Email list==<br />
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle<br />
<br />
==Contact the organizers==<br />
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!<br />
<br />
==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]<br />
<br />
==Donations==<br />
Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. As noted in our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf annual report], our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. Our costs have been covered so far by donations from the UW Math Department plus 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.<br />
<br />
So please consider donating to support your math circle! The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:<br />
<br />
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]<br />
<br />
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.<br />
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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. <br />
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.<br />
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==Flyer==<br />
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! <br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]<br />
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==Help us grow!==<br />
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow! Students, parents, and teachers can help by:<br />
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students<br />
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others<br />
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings<br />
*Donating to Math Circle<br />
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.<br />
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=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=<br />
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All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.<br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015 <br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#Sondak | Abstract]] <br />
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| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| September 28, 2015 || TBA|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Lin | Abstract]] <br />
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| October 12, 2015 || TBA|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016<br />
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic<br />
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| February 1, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| February 8, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| February 15, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| April 11, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] <br />
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=High school meetings for Fall 2015=<br />
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We are experimenting with holding some Math Circle meetings directly at local high schools. Our schedule for the fall is below. If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!<br />
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info<br />
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| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
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| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||<br />
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== Abstracts ==<br />
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===David Sondak=== <br />
''TBA''<br />
TBA<br />
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==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==<br />
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]<br />
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=Link for presenters (in progress)=<br />
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]</div>Abbott