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=What is it?=
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The UW-Madison math department organizes a series of talks aimed at interested middle school and high school students throughout the semester. Our goal is to present fun talks that give students a taste of interesting ideas in math and science. In the past we've had talks about plasma and weather in outer space, the way images are shaded in video games, and how credit card numbers are securely transmitted over the internet.  
 
  
For more information about Math Circles see http://www.mathcircles.org/
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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.
  
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.
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We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.
  
'''The Madison Math circle was recently 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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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''']
  
=Alright, I want to come!=
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=What is a Math Circle?=
Great! 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 (and tell us how many people are coming so we can purchase the appropriate amount of pizza!)
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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.
  
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 Van Vleck Hall room B223, on the UW-Madison campus). '''We'd also appreciate if you [mailto:math-circle@math.wisc.edu email] us the dates that your group will be attending'''.
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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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'''Parking''' on campus is free at most (but not all) outdoor parking lots after 4:30pm. Parking lots #25 (Elizabeth Waters) and #26 (Observatory Hill) may be the most convenient. These parking lots are on Observatory Drive just west of the intersection with Charter Street. If you park there, then walk east along Observatory Drive to the top of Bascom Hill, then turn right to Van Vleck Hall. See also the map at http://www.map.wisc.edu/?keyword=public%20parking
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[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|550px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|550px]]
  
=Questions?=
 
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Ed Dewey, David Dynerman, Nathan Clement, Lalit Jain, Kevin Zamzow, and Gheorghe Craciun): [mailto:math-circle@math.wisc.edu math-circle@math.wisc.edu].
 
  
==Talks this semester, Fall 2012==
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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.
More details about each talk to follow soon. All talks are at '''6pm in Van Vleck Hall, room B223''', unless otherwise noted.
 
  
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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]!
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=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://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
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! Date !! Speaker !! Talk (click for more info)
 
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| October 1, 2012 || Richard Askey || [[#TBA | TBA]]
 
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| October 8, 2012 || Philip Matchett Wood || [[#Proofs with Parity | Proofs with Parity]]
 
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| October 15, 2012 || Philip Matchett Wood || [[#Fun Flipping Coins | Fun Flipping Coins]]
 
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| October 22, 2012 || Saverio Spagnolie || [[#Random walks: how gamblers lose and microbes diffuse | Random walks: how gamblers lose and microbes diffuse]]
 
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| October 29, 2012 || Beth Skubak || [[#Non-Euclidean geometry| non-Euclidean geometry]]
 
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| November 5, 2012 || Mihai Stoiciu || [[#Rubik's Cubes| Rubik's Cubes]]
 
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| November 12, 2012 || Alison Gordon || [[#TBA| TBA]]
 
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| November 19, 2012 || Gregory Shinault || [[#Tiling Problems| Tiling Problems]]
 
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| November 26, 2012 || Claire Blackman || [[#TBA| TBA]]
 
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| More TBA ||  ||
 
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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.
  
=== Proofs with Parity ===
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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).
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 8th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
  
'''Presenter: Philip Matchett Wood.''' Parity---matching objects up in pairs---is a surprisingly useful tool for answering math questions.  Bring a pencil and notebook, and we will explore many different situations where parity plays a role.
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==Directions and parking==
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Our meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Helen C. White Hall in room 3255.
  
=== Fun Flipping Coins ===
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<span style="background:#00FF00">October 15th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
  
'''Presenter: Philip Matchett Wood.''' Flip a coin many times, and what happens? A whole mess of cool probability, that what!  Bring a notebook, pencil, and some sharp common sense.
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*There is a parking garage in the basement of Helen C. White, with an hourly rate.  Enter from Park Street.
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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].
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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].  
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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].
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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] .
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*For more information, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
  
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==Email list==
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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''']
  
=== Random walks: how gamblers lose and microbes diffuse ===
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==Contact the organizers==
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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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<!--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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File:Uri.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~andrews/ Prof. Uri Andrews]
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File: Omer.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~omer/ Dr. Omer Mermelstein]
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<span style="background:#00FF00">October 22nd, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
  
'''Presenter: Saverio Spagnolie.''' We will explore one of the most famous mathematical models of random activity, the random walk. After an introduction to some basic ideas from probability, we will see that the same mathematical tools can be used to study completely different types of problems. In particular, we will find that there are no gambling strategies that can be used to beat the casino, and that tiny microorganisms can't stop moving even if they want to!
 
  
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<!--File:juliettebruce.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~juliettebruce/ Juliette Bruce]-->
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File:caitlynbooms.jpg|[https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/cbooms Caitlyn Booms]
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File:colincrowley.jpg|[https://sites.google.com/view/colincrowley/home Colin Crowley]
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File:hyunjongkim.jpg|Hyun Jong Kim
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File:Xshen.jpg|[https://www.math.wisc.edu/~xshen// Xiao Shen]
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File:connorsimpson.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~csimpson6/ Connor Simpson]
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</gallery>
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</center>
  
=== Non-Euclidean geometry ===
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==Donations==
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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:
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 29th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
  
'''Presenter: Beth Skubak.''' Non-Euclidean geometry.
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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.
  
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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. 
  
=== Rubik's Cubes ===
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Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">November 5th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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==Help us grow!==
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If you like Math Circle, please help us continue to grow!  Students, parents, and teachers can help by:
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* Like our [https://facebook.com/madisonmathcircle '''Facebook Page'''] and share our events with 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.
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* Discussing the Math Circle with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
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* Making an announcement about Math Circle at PTO meetings.
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* Donating to Math Circle.
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Contact the organizers if you have questions or your own ideas about how to help out.
  
'''Presenter: Mihai Stoiciu.''' Rubik's Cubes. Some people describe mathematics as the science of patternsWe will explore patterns, permutations, orientations, and counting with the famous Rubik's Cube.
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=Useful Resources=
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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]-->
  
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== Archived Abstracts ==
  
=== TBA ===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2019-2020 2019 - 2020 Abstracts]
  
'''To Be Announced:'''
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
Keep an eye out---we'll have more information soon!
 
  
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
  
==Talks Next semester, Spring 2013==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
More details about each talk to follow soon. All talks are at '''6pm in Van Vleck Hall, room B223''', unless otherwise noted.
 
  
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]
  
{| 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_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]
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! Date !! Speaker !! Talk (click for more info)
 
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| February 4, 2013 || Jonathan Kane || [[#TBA | TBA]]
 
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
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==Link for presenters (in progress)==
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_Presentations  Advice For Math Circle Presenters]
  
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[http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis]
  
==Archived Math Circle Material==
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[https://www.mathcircles.org/activities Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles]
  
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
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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.


MathCircle 2.jpg MathCircle 4.jpg


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.

Helencwhitemap.png

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"