Rochester Area Math Circle

An initiative supported by the Department of Mathematics at University of Rochester and 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 2015-2016 academic year: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618.

2015-2016 Schedule

Date Lecture Instructor
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 Geometries beyond synthetic Euclidean geometry Mihail Barbosu, Rochester Institute of Technology
2/9, 17:30-19:00 Review session for the AMC 10/12 B contests Dan Geba, University of Rochester
3/8, 17:30-19:00 Complex numbers: an introduction and some applications Tamas Wiandt, Rochester Institute of Technology
4/5, 17:30-19:00 Circles, ellipses, and orbits of planets Timur Akhunov, University of Rochester
4/19, 17:30-19:00 Probability theory for games Daniel Stefankovic, 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