Problem solving is widely accepted as one of the focal points in the instruction process of mathematics, and also strong problem solving skills go a long way in transforming a math enthusiast student into a high-caliber researcher. Based on these motivations, this outreach activity intends to develop the mathematical background of gifted middle school and high school students and to mentor them towards promising careers.
The format of the math circle is one of a 1.5-hour semimonthly meeting, which is either a problem solving seminar (i.e., an open discussion about theoretical and applicative issues related to a certain mathematical object/technique) or an expository lecture that presents a specific advanced mathematical topic in an intuitive, interactive, more informal way. An objective of the circle is to teach the participants how to explain and write rigorous solutions to various mathematical problems. We see this as a forward step towards building mathematical research skills. This initiative wants to offer a qualitative advanced mathematical training that goes beyond the current K-12 curriculum.
Another goal of this activity is to prepare its participants for mathematical competitions. We have in mind a rich calendar of such events that will include the Mathcounts program and the AMC 8, 10, and 12 contests administered by The American Mathematics Competitions.
|9/15, 17:30-19:00||General problem solving session||Dan Geba, University of Rochester|
|9/29, 17:30-19:00||Fractions are cooler than you think||Alex Iosevich, University of Rochester|
|10/13, 17:30-19:00||Vectors and their applications in planar geometry||Tamas Wiandt, Rochester Institute of Technology|
|10/27, 17:30-19:00||Let's make a deal and testing for rare diseases||James Marengo, Rochester Institute of Technology|
|11/10, 17:30-19:00||To infinity and beyond, a discussion about numbers and the notion of infinity||Douglas Haessig, University of Rochester|
|11/24, 17:30-19:00||An introduction to the theory of voting systems||Mark Herman, University of Rochester|
|12/8, 17:30-19:00||Mihail Barbosu, Rochester Institute of Technology|
If interested in participating or for any other questions, please contact the coordinator of the circle:
University of Rochester
Department of Mathematics
806 Hylan Building
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 273-5629
Fax: (585) 273-4655