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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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=What is a Math Circle?=
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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.
  
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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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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'''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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[[Image: MathCircle_2.jpg|500px]] [[Image: MathCircle_4.jpg|500px]]
  
=Alright, I want to come!=
 
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!)
 
  
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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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.
  
'''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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'''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]!
  
=Questions?=
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=All right, I want to come!=
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 Philip Matchett Wood): [mailto:math-circle@math.wisc.edu math-circle@math.wisc.edu].
 
  
==Talks this semester, Fall 2012==
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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:
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://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9WdAs2SXNurWFD '''Math Circle Registration Form''']
  
{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
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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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! Date !! Speaker !! Talk (click for more info) !! Event
 
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| October 1, 2012 || Richard Askey || [[#Counting: to and then beyond the binomial theorem | Counting: to and then beyond the binomial theorem ]] || Combined High School Math Night & Math Circle
 
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| October 8, 2012 || Philip Matchett Wood || [[#Proofs with Parity | Proofs with Parity]] || Math Circle
 
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| October 15, 2012 || Philip Matchett Wood || [[#Fun Flipping Coins | Fun Flipping Coins]] || Math Circle
 
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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]] || Combined High School Math Night & Math Circle
 
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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]]
 
|}
 
  
</center>
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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).
  
  
=== Counting: to and then beyond the binomial theorem ===
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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.
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 8th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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[[File: Helencwhitemap.png|400px]]</div>
  
'''Presenter: Richard Askey.''' How many ways can zeros and ones be put into n places?
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limitedHere is as list of some options:
It is easy to see this is 2^nIt is also easy to show that there
 
are n! ways of ordering n different objects.  There are problems
 
which go beyond these two.  How many ways can k zeros and n-k ones be
 
put into n places?  How many inversions are there in the n! ways of
 
ordering the numbers 1,2,...,n. [123 has no inversions, 132 has one,
 
312 has two, 321 has three]. These will lead us to what has been
 
called "The world of q".
 
  
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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].
  
=== Proofs with Parity ===
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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.  Send an empty email to join-mathcircle@lists.wisc.edu
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 8th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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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@lists.wisc.edu here]. We are always interested in feedback!
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<center>
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<gallery widths=480px heights=240px mode="packed">
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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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</gallery>
  
'''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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<gallery widths=500px heights=250px mode="packed">
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<!--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]-->
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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:connorsimpson.jpg|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~csimpson6/ Connor Simpson]
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</gallery>
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</center>
  
=== Fun Flipping Coins ===
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==Donations==
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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.
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 15th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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So please consider donating to support your math circle!  The easiest way to donate is to go to the link:
  
'''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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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
  
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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.
  
=== Random walks: how gamblers lose and microbes diffuse ===
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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. 
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 22nd, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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Or you can just pay in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
  
'''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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==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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*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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*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.
  
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=Meetings for Fall 2019=
  
=== Non-Euclidean geometry ===
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<center>
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">October 29th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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Talks start at '''6pm in room 3255 of Helen C. White Library''', unless otherwise noted.
  
'''Presenter: Beth Skubak.''' Non-Euclidean geometry.
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</center>
  
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<center>
  
=== Rubik's Cubes ===
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{| style="color:black; font-size:120%" border="1" cellpadding="14" cellspacing="0"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2019
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! Date !! Speaker !! Topic
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| September 23, 2019 || Soumya Sankar || Why don't map makers like high heels?
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| September 30, 2019 || Erika Pirnes || Why do ice hockey players fall in love with mathematicians?
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| October 7, 2019 || Uri Andrews || TBD
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|-
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| October 14, 2019 || TBD || TBD
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|-
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| October 21, 2019 || Owen Goff || TBD
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|-
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| October 28, 2019 || TBD || TBD
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|-
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| November 4, 2019 || Omer Merlstein || TBD
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|-
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| November 11, 2019 || Colin Crowley || TBD
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|-
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| November 18, 2019 || Daniel Corey || TBD
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|-
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|}
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">November 5th, 2012, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B223, UW-Madison campus</span>
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</center>
  
'''Presenter: Mihai Stoiciu.''' Rubik's Cubes.  Some people describe mathematics as the science of patterns.  We will explore patterns, permutations, orientations, and counting with the famous Rubik's Cube.
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=Off-Site Meetings=
  
==Talks Next semester, Spring 2013==
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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!
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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! Date !! Speaker !! Talk (click for more info)
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! colspan="5" style="background: #e8b2b2;" align="center" | Fall 2019
 
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| February 4, 2013 || Jonathan Kane || [[#TBA | TBA]]
 
 
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! Date !! Location !! Speaker !! Topic !! Link for more info
 
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| More TBA || ||
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| October 7, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || TBD || TBD ||
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| November 11, 2019 || 2:45pm East High || TBD || TBD ||
 
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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 ==
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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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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
  
=== TBA ===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]
  
'''To Be Announced:'''
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]
Keep an eye out---we'll have more information soon!
 
  
==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==
 
 
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
 
[[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.mathcircles.org/math-problems-2/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems]
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[http://www.mathcircles.org/content/circle-box "Circle in a Box"]

Latest revision as of 21:11, 16 September 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.


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. 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 Fall 2019

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

Fall 2019
Date Speaker Topic
September 23, 2019 Soumya Sankar Why don't map makers like high heels?
September 30, 2019 Erika Pirnes Why do ice hockey players fall in love with mathematicians?
October 7, 2019 Uri Andrews TBD
October 14, 2019 TBD TBD
October 21, 2019 Owen Goff TBD
October 28, 2019 TBD TBD
November 4, 2019 Omer Merlstein TBD
November 11, 2019 Colin Crowley TBD
November 18, 2019 Daniel Corey TBD

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 2019
Date Location Speaker Topic Link for more info
October 7, 2019 2:45pm East High TBD TBD
November 11, 2019 2:45pm East High 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"