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=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 | + | '''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== | ||

− | + | 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: | ||

− | * | + | *There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street. |

− | *A 0. | + | *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 | + | *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. | + | *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. | + | *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== | ||

− | + | 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''' | + | 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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+ | <gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed"> | ||

+ | File:de.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~derman/ Prof. Daniel Erman] | ||

+ | File:Betsy.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~stovall/ Prof. Betsy Stovall] | ||

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− | == | + | <gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed"> |

− | [ | + | File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce] |

+ | File:Ee.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~evaelduque/ Eva Elduque] | ||

+ | File:mrjulian.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~mrjulian/ Ryan Julian] | ||

+ | File:soumyasankar.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~soumyasankar Soumya Sankar] | ||

+ | </gallery> | ||

+ | </center> | ||

==Donations== | ==Donations== | ||

− | Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. | + | 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. | ||

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==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 | + | *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. | ||

− | + | =Meetings for Spring 2019= | |

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

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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic | ! Date !! Speaker !! Topic | ||

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− | | | + | | January 28, 2019 || CANCELLED || Madison's schools are closed |

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− | | | + | | February 4, 2019 || Stephen Davis || Newton's law of gravity |

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− | | | + | | February 11, 2019 || Yandi Wu || Surfaces and "Cut and Paste Topology" |

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− | | | + | | February 18, 2019 || Michel Alexis || Kakeya Needle Sets |

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− | | | + | | February 25, 2019 || Colin Crowley || Regular Languages |

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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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− | | | + | | March 11, 2019 || Chaojie Yuan || A region of finite area with infinite perimeter |

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− | | | + | | March 18, 2019 || No Meeting || Spring Break |

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− | | | + | | March 25, 2019 || Eva Elduque || Will it fold flat? |

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− | | | + | | April 1, 2019 || Alex Mine || Cellular Automata |

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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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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic | ! Date !! Speaker !! Topic | ||

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− | | | + | | September 17, 2018 || Sun Woo Park || Why are Donuts and Cream Puffs "different"? |

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− | | | + | | September 24, 2018 || Ben Bruce || Three Cottages Problem |

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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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− | | | + | | October 8, 2018 || Connor Simpson || TBD |

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− | | | + | | October 15, 2018 || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || TBD |

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− | | | + | | October 22, 2018 || Patrick Nicodemus || Formal Systems in Computer Science and Logic |

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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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− | | | + | | November 5, 2018 || Christian Geske || Josephus Problem |

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− | | | + | | November 12, 2018 || Rachel Davis || TBD |

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− | | | + | | November 19, 2018 || Uri Andrews || King Chicken |

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

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− | | | + | | October 29th || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD || TBD |

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− | | | + | | December 3rd || 2:45pm|| East High School - Madison, WI || TBD || TBD |

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− | === | + | =Useful Resources= |

− | + | ==Annual Reports== | |

+ | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf 2013-2014 Annual Report] | ||

− | + | == Archived Abstracts == | |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page] | |

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− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts] | |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page] | |

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− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)] | |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts] | |

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− | + | [[Archived Math Circle Material]] | |

− | == | + | ==Link for presenters (in progress)== |

− | + | [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations Advice For Math Circle Presenters] | |

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## Latest revision as of 20:31, 8 April 2019

For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

## Contents

# What is a Math Circle?

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

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

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

**The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:** 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.

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

- There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate. Enter from Park Street.
- A 0.5 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, many spots (
**free starting 4:30pm**) in Lot 26 along Observatory Drive. - A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, many spots (
**free starting 4:30pm**) in Lot 34. - A 0.3 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in front of Lathrop Hall.
- A 0.2 mile walk to Helen C. White Hall via these directions 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall .
- For more information, see the UW-Madison Parking Info website.

## 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:

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 | ||
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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 | ||
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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 | ||||
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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

## Archived Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)