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For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]
 
For the site in Spanish, visit [[Math Circle de Madison]]
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=COVID-19 Update=
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Due to COVID-19, all math circle events are canceled for Fall 2020.
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We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.
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Join our email list to be notified of math circle events once we resume:
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
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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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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:
 
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:
  
  [https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hmb6vtDUfRonNb '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
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  [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
  
All of you information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.  
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All of your information is kept private, and is only used by the Madison Math Circle organizer to help run the Circle.  
  
 
If you 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).
 
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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==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
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The best way to keep up to date with the what is going is by signing up for our email list. Please add your email in the form:
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Join Email List''']
  
 
==Contact the organizers==
 
==Contact the organizers==
The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of three professors and three 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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The Madison Math Circle is organized by a group of professors and graduate students from the [http://www.math.wisc.edu Department of Mathematics] at the UW-Madison. If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' [mailto:mathcircleorganizers@g-groups.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
 
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==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.  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.
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Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. Our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers.  So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from private donors. The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
 
 
So please consider donating to support your math circle!  The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
 
  
 
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
 
[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
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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.   
 
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.
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Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
  
 
==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 [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/MMC_Flyer_2016.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students
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* Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with others!
*Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others
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* Posting our [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Flyer_2020.pdf '''flyer'''] at schools or anywhere that might have interested students.
*Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings
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* Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
*Donating to Math Circle
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* Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings.
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* Donating to Math Circle.
 
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 Fall 2016 and Spring 2017=
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=Useful Resources=
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/images/Math_Circle_Newsletter.pdf  2013-2014 Annual Report]-->
  
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== Archived Abstracts ==
 
 
Unless specified talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
 
 
 
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2016
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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| <span style="color:red">August 6, 2016 <br> (Click Title for Time & Location.)</span> || [https://discovery.wisc.edu/programs/saturday-science Science Saturday] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#August_6_2016 Game Busters]
 
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| September 12, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~jeanluc/ Jean-Luc Thiffeault] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_12_2016 Why do my earbuds keep getting entangled?]
 
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| September 19, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~djbruce/ DJ Bruce] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_19_2016  Is Any Knot Not the Unkont? ]
 
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| September 26, 2016 || [http://mmaguire.weebly.com/ Megan Maguire] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#September_26_2016  Coloring Maps]
 
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| October 3, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~zcharles/ Zach Charles] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_3_2016 1 + 1 = 10, or How does my smartphone do anything?]
 
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| October 10, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~jkrush/ Keith Rush] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_10_2016 Randomness, determinism and approximation: a historical question]
 
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| October 17, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~pmwood/ Phillip Matchett-Wood] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_17_2016 The game of Criss-Cross]
 
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| October 24, 2016 || Ethan Biehl || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_24_2016 A Chocolate Bar for Every Real Number]
 
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| October 31, 2016 || No Meeting || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_31_2016 Enjoy Halloween!]
 
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| November 7, 2016 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~pollyyu/ Polly Yu] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_7_2016 Are we there yet?]
 
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| November 14, 2016 || [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~micky/ Micky Soule Steinberg] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_14_2016 Circles and Triangles]
 
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| November 21, 2016 || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/~valko/ Benedek Valko] || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#November_21_2016  Fun with hats]
 
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2017
 
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
 
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|January 30, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#January_20_2017 TBD]
 
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| February 6, 2017  || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_6_2017  TBD]
 
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| February 13, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_13_2017  TBD]
 
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| February 20, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_20_2017 TBD]
 
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| February 27, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#February_27_2017 TBD]
 
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| March 8, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_8_2017 TBD]
 
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| March 13, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#March_13_2017 TBD]
 
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| March 20, 2017 ||  TBD ||
 
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| March 27, 2017 || TBD ||
 
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| April 3, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_3_2017 TBD]
 
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| April 10, 2017 || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_10_2017 TBD]
 
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| April 17, 2017 || TBD  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_17_2017 TBD]
 
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| TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#April_25_2016 TBD]
 
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| TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#May_2_2016  TBD]
 
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=High School Meetings=
 
 
 
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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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2019-2020 2019 - 2020 Abstracts]
  
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2016
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info
 
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| October 17, 2016 || 2:45pm JMM || Daniel Erman || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_17_2016_.28JMM.29 What does math research look like?] ||
 
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| October 24, 2016 || 2:45pm West High || DJ Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_24_2016_.28West.29 Shhh, This Message Is Secret] ||
 
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| October 31, 2016 || 2:45pm East High || DJ Bruce || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#October_31_2016.28East.29 Shhh, This Message Is Secret] ||
 
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| December 5, 2016 || 2:45pm East High || Uri Andrews || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_5_2016 TBD]  ||
 
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| December 5, 2016 || 2:45pm JMM || Phillip Matchett Wood || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD] ||
 
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| December 12, 2016 || 2:45pm West High || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts#December_12_2016 TBD] ||
 
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Spring 2017
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD]  ||
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD  || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD] ||
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD]  ||
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD]  ||
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD]  ||
 
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| TBD || TBD || TBD || [https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts TBD]  ||
 
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=Useful Resources=
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
==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_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
 
[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_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
 
[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
  
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/lesson-plans Sample Lesson Plans]
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[http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis]
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[https://www.mathcircles.org/activities Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles]
  
[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]
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[https://epdf.pub/circle-in-a-box715623b97664e247f2118ddf7bec4bfa35437.html "Circle in a Box"]

Latest revision as of 06:31, 5 November 2020

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For the site in Spanish, visit Math Circle de Madison

COVID-19 Update

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

We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.

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

Math Circle Registration Form

What is a Math Circle?

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

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


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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. Please add your email in the form: Join Email List

Contact the organizers

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


Donations

Please consider donating to the Madison Math Circle. Our main costs consist of pizza and occasional supplies for the speakers. So far our costs have been covered by donations from the UW Mathematics Department as well as a generous gifts from private donors. The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:

Online Donation Link

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

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

Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.

Help us grow!

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

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

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

Useful Resources

Archived Abstracts

2019 - 2020 Abstracts

2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page

2016 - 2017 Abstracts

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page

2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)

2015 - 2015 Abstracts

Archived Math Circle Material

Link for presenters (in progress)

Advice For Math Circle Presenters

Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis

Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles

"Circle in a Box"