Rochester Area Math Circle

An initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and supported by The Harley School

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.

Location for the 2014-2015 academic year: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618.

2014-2015 Schedule

Date Lecture Instructor
9/9, 17:00-18:30 General problem solving session Dan Geba, University of Rochester
9/23, 17:00-18:30 Introduction to topology Geordie Richards, University of Rochester
10/7, 17:00-18:30 Foiling and counting Alex Iosevich, University of Rochester
10/21, 17:00-18:30 Graph theory Daniel Stefankovic, University of Rochester
11/4, 17:00-18:30 Counting and uncertainty Timur Akhunov, University of Rochester
11/18 No meeting, AMC 8 contest at University of Rochester
12/2, 17:00-18:30 Geometrical facts and problems Dan Geba, University of Rochester
1/27, 17:00-18:30 Mathcounts review session Dan Geba, University of Rochester
2/10, 17:00-18:30 Permutations Daniel Stefankovic, University of Rochester
2/24, 17:00-18:30 Incidence problems Alex Iosevich, University of Rochester
3/24, 17:00-18:30 Symmetries and groups Rebecca Glover, University of Rochester
4/7, 17:00-18:30 An introduction to number theory Dan Geba, University of Rochester
4/21, 17:00-18:30 An introduction to game theory Mark Herman, University of Rochester

Previous years



If interested in participating or for any other questions, please contact the coordinator of the circle:

Dan-Andrei Geba
University of Rochester
Department of Mathematics
806 Hylan Building 
Rochester, NY 14627 
Phone: (585)  273-5629
Fax: (585) 273-4655