Math Circle Presentations

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Advice on presenting at the Madison Math Circle

This page is meant as a resource for presenters at the Madison Math Circle.

Who is the audience?

The audience currently consists primarily of middle school students, but there are some high school students and a few advanced elementary school students as well. The number of students has varied somewhat dramatically in recent semesters, but you should expect about 10-20 students.


If you have any questions at all, you can write directly to any of the organizers (Carolyn Abbott, Gheorghe Craciun, Daniel Erman, Lalit Jain, Ryan Julian, and Philip Matchett Wood) or you can email the organizers list:

Selecting a topic

We have seen successful math circle presentations on a huge range topics, including pure math, applied math, computer science, and more. Basically any topic with a mathematical or quantitative component could be an appropriate topic. One key is crafting problems that the students can explore on their own which will give them a feel for the larger topic. If you want help in fleshing out an idea, contact the organizers!

The book Circle in a Box by Sam Vandervelde (which is available online or at our very own math library) has lots of nice ideas.

How should I spend my time?

In order to


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