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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.
 
 
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After each talk we'll have snacks provided by the Mathematics Department, and students will have an opportunity to mingle and chat with the speaker and with other participants, to ask questions about some of the topics that have been discussed, and also about college, careers in science, etc.
 
  
'''The Madison Math circle was featured in Wisconsin State Journal:''' http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/school-spotlight-madison-math-circle-gives-young-students-a-taste/article_77f5c042-0b3d-11e1-ba5f-001cc4c03286.html
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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.
  
=Alright, I want to come!=
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We look forward to seeing you back in Spring 2021.
Great!
 
  
Sign up for our email list: https://lists.math.wisc.edu/listinfo/math-circle
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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''']
  
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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=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.
  
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 Ingraham Hall room 120, on the UW-Madison campus).
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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.''' Parking on campus is rather limited. Here is as list of some options:
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*Directly in front of Ingraham hall, 2 metered spots (25 minute max) in [http://goo.gl/maps/HhFUm Lot 11 off of Observatory Drive].
 
*A 0.2 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/9NNNm these directions], 2 metered spots (25 minute max) [http://goo.gl/maps/ukTcu in front of Lathrop Hall].
 
*A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/yFwNr these directions], many spots ('''free starting 4:30pm''') [http://goo.gl/maps/vs17X in Lot 34]. 
 
*A 0.3 mile walk to Ingraham Hall via [http://goo.gl/maps/P156B these directions] 6 metered spots (25 minute max) around [http://goo.gl/maps/6EAnc the loop in front of Chadbourne Hall] .
 
*For more information on, see the [http://transportation.wisc.edu/parking/parking.aspx UW-Madison Parking Info website].
 
  
=Questions?=
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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.
If you have any questions, suggestions for topics, or so on, just email the '''organizers''' (Lalit Jain, Dan Erman, Gheorghe Craciun, and Philip Matchett Wood): [mailto:math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu math-circle-organizers@math.wisc.edu].
 
  
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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]!
  
==Talks for Fall 2013==
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=All right, I want to come!=
More details coming!
 
  
===Mark your calendars for the first Math Circle session:===
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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:
===Monday October 7, 6pm to 7pmMore details soon!===
 
  
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[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_cKMfdjMQlmJc9uZg5bZ-sjKZ2q5SV9wLb1gSddrvB1Tk1A/viewform '''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).
  
All talks are at '''6pm in [http://goo.gl/maps/6k5IA Ingraham Hall] room 120''', unless otherwise noted.
 
  
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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.
  
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'''Parking.''' Parking on campus is rather limited.  Here is as list of some options:
  
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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].
| February 4, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGZ0SU9ydkdITDd2MFE5c3BlcHVES2c6MQ#gid=0 Register!] || Jonathan Kane || [[#Infinitely Often | Infinitely Often]]
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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].
| February 11, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEo4eHJxY0NfdWpMZGZtQjU5Wmt1Rnc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Jean-Luc Thiffeault || [[#Making taffy with the Golden mean | Making taffy with the Golden mean]]
 
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| February 18, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEZUcmcta3NaZlk1eGZhZDRCNXMzVmc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Alison Gordon Lynch || [[#Guarding an Art Gallery | Guarding an Art Gallery]]
 
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| February 25, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBTRXlTcTVpRlJfdEVlZ2t0dk1nLXc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Mimansa Vahia || [[#Origami | Origami]]  
 
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| Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 (Public Lecture, '''5pm''', '''B239''') || David Perry || [[#The Coming of Enigma | The Coming of Enigma ]]
 
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| March 4, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG1LR2NoeElhVktzSjRudXltX3ZjeWc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Betsy Stovall || [[#The Game of Nim | The Game of Nim]]
 
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| March 11, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDhtZDFrT3hZbXpkcEt3TXYzVl9sVHc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Greg Shinault || [[#Pythagorean Triples: A Personal Interview | Pythagorean Triples: A Personal Interview]]
 
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| March 18, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGI0NjBrTkpkcElUQzU2TWVmT29zOEE6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Elaine Brow || [[#Doodling and Graph Theory | Doodling and Graph Theory]]
 
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| March 25, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHZwbnZoM2xPUF90YmNfVXg3TkJzWkE6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Spring Break || No Meeting
 
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| April 1, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHpScXdyQ2RtUUtOY3BVeE9QSVBHTlE6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Uri Andrews || [[#A Mathematician's April Fools | A Mathematician's April Fools]]
 
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| April 8, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE1LWUZXT2JuVVkzZ3FNa2xUMWJKSHc6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Daniel Ross || [[#String puzzles | String puzzles]]
 
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| April 15, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDdQcnE0aGdPQm94RGlUeTZFOWtJSVE6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Silas Johnson || [[#How to Win (or not) at Tic-Tac-Toe | How to Win (or not) at Tic-Tac-Toe]]
 
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| April 22, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV6TlItZXZMMGg0YkdPZVE1TVl5U1E6MA#gid=0 Register!] || Lalit Jain || [[#Playing with Zomes | Playing with Zomes]]
 
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| April 29, 2013 [https://docs.google.com/a/wisc.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHpaQlFrYnE4TVRZS0tkWG5ONzRYbVE6MA#gid=0 Register!] || TBA || [[#TBA | TBA]] 
 
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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''']
  
===Infinitely Often===
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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">February 4th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
  
''' Infinitely Often'''
 
  
So you think you can add two numbers, three number, even a lot of numbers together? Well, can you add an infinite number of numbers together?
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See how thinking about infinite processes can be used to add infinite sums, evaluate repeating decimals, understand infinite continued fractions, and calculate areas and volumes. Also see what strange things can go wrong when dealing with infinity.
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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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===Making taffy with the Golden mean===
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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">February 11th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
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[http://www.math.wisc.edu/donate Online Donation Link]
  
''' Making taffy with the Golden mean'''
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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.
  
Taffy pullers are devices used to make candy or bread. They are very
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Alternately, you can bring a check to one of the Math Circle MeetingsIf you write a check, be sure to make it payable to the "WFAA" and add the note "Math Circle Donation" on the check.   
interesting mathematically: we can relate the number of folds of dough
 
to some famous mathematical sequencesSome surprising numbers pop
 
up, like the Golden mean but also its lesser-known cousinsWe can
 
use this knowledge to improve existing devices. (Warning: no actual
 
taffy will be made. Sorry.)
 
  
===Guarding an Art Gallery===
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Or you can make donations in cash, and we'll give you a receipt.
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">February 18th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, 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.
  
'''Guarding an Art Gallery'''
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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]-->
  
How many guards does it take to guard an art gallery so that every spot in the gallery can be seen by at least one guard?  We will explore this question and find an upper bound on the number of necessary guards based only on the number of walls in the gallery.
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== Archived Abstracts ==
  
===The Coming of Enigma===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2019-2020 2019 - 2020 Abstracts]
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">Special Public Lecture:  Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, '''5pm''', Van Vleck Hall room '''B239''', UW-Madison campus</span>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Math Circle Page]
  
The Enigma machine was a cryptodevice used by the Germans before and during
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2016-2017 2016 - 2017 Abstracts]
World War II and was considered to provide unbreakable security. This
 
belief was founded on very solid principles which will be outlined in this
 
talk. Taking a two-millennia tour through the history of cryptology, we
 
will come to understand the design principles that went into the Enigma and
 
understand how it worked and how it was used. We will also touch on how
 
espionage, treason, and sibling rivalry provided Polish mathematicians the
 
necessary ingredients to break the unbreakable.  This talk is geared towards
 
the general public, with no specific expertise in mathematics assumed.
 
  
===Origami===
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page]
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">February 25th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Math_Circle_de_Madison_2015-2016 2015 - 2016 Math Circle Page (Spanish)]
  
Origami is the art of folding paper, and it involves some cool math, too. Come to find out more!
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[https://www.math.wisc.edu/wiki/index.php/Madison_Math_Circle_Abstracts_2015-2016 2015 - 2015 Abstracts]
  
===The Game of Nim===
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[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
 
 
<span style="background:#00FF00">March 4th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
 
 
Nim is a two-player game wherein the players alternate taking one or more stones from a pile (there are two or more piles at the beginning).  The player who takes the last stone wins.  We will spend most of the time playing and trying to come up with winning strategies.  At the end, we will talk a little about the history a general strategy to win the game. 
 
 
 
=== Pythagorean Triples: A Personal Interview ===
 
 
 
<span style="background:#00FF00">March 11th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
 
 
We all know the Pythagorean theorem from geometry, which tells us the relationship between the side lengths of any right triangle: a^2 + b^2 = c^2, where c is the length of the hypotenuse.  Sometimes we are very lucky, when a, b, and c are natural numbers such as 3, 4, and 5.  That is called a Pythagorean triple.  We're going take a close look at these characters and figure out a few of their less-than-obvious traits.
 
 
 
=== Doodling and Graph Theory ===
 
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">March 18th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
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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]
  
Some of the pencil-and-paper games we play in notebook margins use more math than meets the eye. We'll try out a few fun and simple doodling puzzles, and see how they translate to some basic questions in graph theory. Then we'll harness our new theory to find quick solutions to whole groups of puzzles.
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[http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/ Sample Talk Ideas/Problems from Tom Davis]
  
=== A Mathematician's April Fools ===
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[https://www.mathcircles.org/activities Sample Talks from the National Association of Math Circles]
  
<span style="background:#00FF00">April 1st, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
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[https://epdf.pub/circle-in-a-box715623b97664e247f2118ddf7bec4bfa35437.html "Circle in a Box"]
 
 
A paradox is a seemingly logically valid argument that leads to absurd conclusions. Mathematicians are always very careful to avoid accidentally using one, but they can be useful and fun to play with.
 
 
 
 
 
=== String puzzles ===
 
 
 
<span style="background:#00FF00">April 8th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
 
 
They may be familiar from novelty shops or even your mantlepiece--a bit of string wound around and through some configuration of objects, asking you to accomplish some apparently impossible rearrangement or removal.  Part of their difficulty comes from hopelessly infinite array of available moves--do you perhaps tie a clever knot here?  Maybe pass a bight through there?  We'll look at a few examples and see how to distill them to something more manageable, and even turn some into puzzles that can be solved instead only on paper (no drawing skills required).
 
 
 
=== How to Win (or not) at Tic-Tac-Toe ===
 
 
 
<span style="background:#00FF00">April 15th, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
 
 
 
 
=== Playing with Zomes ===
 
 
 
<span style="background:#00FF00">April 22nd, 2013, '''6pm''', Van Vleck Hall room B231, UW-Madison campus</span>
 
 
 
This week we will and study the symmetric and magic of 3 dimensional shapes. Be ready to get your hands dirty and make your own stellated icosahedron!
 
 
 
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<!--=== TBA ===
 
 
 
'''To Be Announced:'''
 
Keep an eye out---we'll have more information soon!
 
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==[[Archived Math Circle Material]]==
 
[[Archived Math Circle Material]]
 

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.

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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"