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=LAST MINUTE LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT=
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<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>
 
 
 
=Weekly Meeting=
 
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. 
 
 
 
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).
 
  
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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
 
=What is a Math Circle?=
 
The Madison Math Circle is a weekly series of mathematically based activities aimed at interested middle school and high school students. It is an outreach program organized by the UW Math Department.  Our goal is to provide a taste of exciting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, video game graphics, and encryption.  In the sessions, students (and parents) are often asked to explore problems on their own, with the presenter facilitating a discussion.  The talks are independent of one another, so new students are welcome at any point.
 
The 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.
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After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.
 
After each talk we'll have pizza provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.
  
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html
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'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' [http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html check it out]!
  
 
=All right, I want to come!=
 
=All right, I want to come!=
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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 fee and the talks are independent of one another, so you can just show up any week, but we ask all participants to take a moment to register by following the link below:
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[https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.
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If you are a student, we hope you will tell other interested students about these talks, and speak with your parents or with your teacher about organizing a car pool to the UW campus. If you are a parent or a teacher, we hope you'll tell your students about these talks and organize a car pool to the UW (all talks take place in 3255 Helen C White Library, on the UW-Madison campus, right next to the Memorial Union).
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==Directions and parking==
 
==Directions and parking==
Meetings are held in 120 Ingraham Hall.
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Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.
  
 
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
 
'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
  
*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.
*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].
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*A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/cxTzJY these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/Gkx1C in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive].
*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].   
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*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34].   
*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].
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*A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/yMJIRd these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].
*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] .
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*A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via [http://goo.gl/b8pdk2 these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .
 
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
 
*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
  
 
==Email list==
 
==Email list==
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle
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The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list.  Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu
  
 
==Contact the organizers==
 
==Contact the organizers==
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Carolyn Abbott, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, Lalit Jain, Ryan Julian, and Philip Matchett Wood): [mailto:math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu]. We are always interested in feedback!
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The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
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File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman]
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File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall]
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==Report on Math Circle in 2013-14==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf Annual Report]
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File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]
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File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque]
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File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian]
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File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar]
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</gallery>
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==Donations==
 
==Donations==
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.
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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.  So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from a private donor. But our costs are rising, primarily because this year we expect to hold more meetings than in any previous year. In fact, this year, we expect to spend at least $2500 on pizza and supplies alone.
  
 
So please consider donating to support your math circle!  The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
 
So please consider donating to support your math circle!  The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
 
Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
 
==Flyer==
 
Please feel free to distribute our flyer! 
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Flyer_MMSD.pdf Flyer]
 
  
 
==Help us grow!==
 
==Help us grow!==
 
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow!  Students, parents, and teachers can help by:
 
If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow!  Students, parents, and teachers can help by:
*Posting our flyer at schools or anywhere that might have interested students
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*Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students
 
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others
 
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others
 
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings
 
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings
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Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.
 
Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.
  
 
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=Meetings for Spring 2019=
=Meetings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016=
 
  
 
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All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.
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Talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
  
 
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Fall 2015
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2019
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| September 14, 2015 || David Sondak || [[#David Sondak | How to SEE Sound]]
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| January 28, 2019 || CANCELLED || Madison's schools are closed
 
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| September 21, 2015 || Uri Andrews|| [[#Uri Andrews | Guarding Mona Lisa]]
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| February 4, 2019 || Stephen Davis || Newton's law of gravity
 
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| September 28, 2015 || Eva Elduque|| [[#Eva Elduque | Pick's Theorem]]
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| February 11, 2019 || Yandi Wu || Surfaces and "Cut and Paste Topology"
 
|-
 
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| October 5, 2015 || Jessica Lin|| [[#Jessica Lin | The Math of Sudoku]]
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| February 18, 2019 || Michel Alexis || Kakeya Needle Sets
 
|-
 
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| October 12, 2015 || Ryan Julian || [[#Ryan Julian | Eight Dimensional Oranges]]
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| February 25, 2019 || Colin Crowley || Regular Languages
 
|-
 
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| October 19, 2015 || Keith Rush|| [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| March 4, 2019 || Jenny Yeon || Where do numbers like "1/3" and "1/4" in volume formulas come from?
 
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| October 26, 2015 || Megan Maguire || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| March 11, 2019 || Chaojie Yuan || A region of finite area with infinite perimeter
 
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| November 2, 2015 || Marko Budisic|| [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| March 18, 2019 || No Meeting || Spring Break
 
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| November 9, 2015 || Tess Anderson || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| March 25, 2019 || Eva Elduque || Will it fold flat?
 
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| November 16, 2015 || DJ Bruce || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| April 1, 2019 || Alex Mine || Cellular Automata
 
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| November 23, 2015 || Tullia Dymarz (Last meeting of fall) || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| April 8, 2019 || Caitlyn Booms || Pile Splitting
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| April 15, 2019 || Polly Yu || Chaos and unavoidable patterns
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=Meetings for Fall 2018=
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Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #ffdead;" align="center" | Spring 2016
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2018
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| February 1, 2016 || Will Mitchell || [[#Will Mitchell | Are these networks the same?]]
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| September 17, 2018 || Sun Woo Park || Why are Donuts and Cream Puffs "different"?
 
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| February 8, 2016 || Lalit Jain || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| September 24, 2018 || Ben Bruce || Three Cottages Problem
 
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| February 15, 2016 || Jordan Ellenberg || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| October 1, 2018 || Kit Newton || How to calculate Pi if all you can do is throw things
 
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| February 22, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| October 8, 2018 || Connor Simpson || TBD
 
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| February 29, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| October 15, 2018 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || TBD
 
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| March 7, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| October 22, 2018 || Patrick Nicodemus || Formal Systems in Computer Science and Logic
 
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| March 14, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]  
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| October 29, 2018 || Moisés Herradón Cueto || Order and chaos in population sizes ([http://www.math.wisc.edu/~moises/Math_Circle_Talk.html try it yourself!])
 
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| March 21, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| November 5, 2018 || Christian Geske || Josephus Problem
 
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| March 28, 2016 || No Meeting (Spring Break) || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| November 12, 2018 || Rachel Davis || TBD
 
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| April 4, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
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| November 19, 2018 || Uri Andrews || King Chicken
 
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| April 11, 2016 || Andrew Kidd || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
 
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| April 18, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
 
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| April 25, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
 
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| May 2, 2016 || TBA || [[#TBA | Abstract]]
 
 
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=High school meetings for Fall 2015=
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=Off-Site Meetings=
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We will hold some Math Circle meetings at local high schools on early release days.  If you are interesting in having us come to your high school, please contact us!
  
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!
 
  
 
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2017
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info
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! Date !! Time !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic  
 
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| September 28, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Daniel Erman || How to Catch a (data) thief [[#How to Catch a (data) thief | Abstract]] ||
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| October 29th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD  || TBD
 
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| October 19, 2015 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [[#TBA | Abstract]] ||
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| December 3rd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD  || TBD
 
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== Abstracts ==
 
  
===David Sondak===
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=Useful Resources=
''How to SEE Sound''
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==Annual Reports==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf  2013-2014 Annual Report]
  
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.
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== Archived Abstracts ==
  
===Uri Andrews===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
''Guarding Mona Lisa''
 
  
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?
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
  
===Eva Elduque===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
''Pick's Theorem''
 
  
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]].)
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]
  
===Jessica Lin===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]
''The Math of Sudoku''
 
  
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!
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
  
===Ryan Julian===
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==
''The Geometry of Hockeysticks and Eight Dimensional Oranges''
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
  
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.
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/math-problems-2/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems]
 
 
===Daniel Erman===
 
''How to catch a (data) thief''
 
 
 
I will discuss some surprising statistical facts that have been used to catch companies that lie about data.
 
 
 
===Will Mitchell===
 
''Are these networks the same?''
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=Contact Information Form=
 
[https://fs18.formsite.com/crabbott/form1/index.html Link to Contact Information Form]
 
 
 
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==
 
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
 
  
=Link for presenters (in progress)=
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations]
 

Latest revision as of 20:31, 8 April 2019

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For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

What is a Math Circle?

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

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


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

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

All right, I want to come!

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

Math Circle Registration Form

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

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


Directions and parking

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

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

Email list

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

Contact the organizers

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

Donations

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

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

Online Donation Link

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

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

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

Help us grow!

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

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

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

Meetings for Spring 2019

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

Spring 2019
Date Speaker Topic
January 28, 2019 CANCELLED Madison's schools are closed
February 4, 2019 Stephen Davis Newton's law of gravity
February 11, 2019 Yandi Wu Surfaces and "Cut and Paste Topology"
February 18, 2019 Michel Alexis Kakeya Needle Sets
February 25, 2019 Colin Crowley Regular Languages
March 4, 2019 Jenny Yeon Where do numbers like "1/3" and "1/4" in volume formulas come from?
March 11, 2019 Chaojie Yuan A region of finite area with infinite perimeter
March 18, 2019 No Meeting Spring Break
March 25, 2019 Eva Elduque Will it fold flat?
April 1, 2019 Alex Mine Cellular Automata
April 8, 2019 Caitlyn Booms Pile Splitting
April 15, 2019 Polly Yu Chaos and unavoidable patterns

Meetings for Fall 2018

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

Fall 2018
Date Speaker Topic
September 17, 2018 Sun Woo Park Why are Donuts and Cream Puffs "different"?
September 24, 2018 Ben Bruce Three Cottages Problem
October 1, 2018 Kit Newton How to calculate Pi if all you can do is throw things
October 8, 2018 Connor Simpson TBD
October 15, 2018 Jean-Luc Thiffeault TBD
October 22, 2018 Patrick Nicodemus Formal Systems in Computer Science and Logic
October 29, 2018 Moisés Herradón Cueto Order and chaos in population sizes (try it yourself!)
November 5, 2018 Christian Geske Josephus Problem
November 12, 2018 Rachel Davis TBD
November 19, 2018 Uri Andrews King Chicken

Off-Site Meetings

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


Fall 2017
Date Time Location Speaker Topic
October 29th 2:45pm East High School - Madison, WI TBD TBD
December 3rd 2:45pm East High School - Madison, WI TBD TBD

Useful Resources

Annual Reports

2013-2014 Annual Report

Archived Abstracts

2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page

2016 - 2017 Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)

2015 - 2015 Abstracts

Archived Math Circle Material

Link for presenters (in progress)

Advice For Math Circle Presenters

Sample Talk Ideas/Problems

"Circle in a Box"