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Math Circles is a free weekly enrichment activity for grade 6 to 12 students organized by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo.

Registration

Registration for Winter 2021 Math Circles is now closed. Registration for Fall 2021 Math Circles will take place in September.

Math Circles Materials

Math Circles materials will be posted weekly. Registration for Winter 2021 Math Circles also gives participants access to a moderated, private discussion board. More information about this is below.

Format for Winter 2021

Math Circles for Winter 2021 will run online in an asynchronous format that includes written lessons, videos, and/or interactive math apps. Each Wednesday, Math Circles materials will be emailed to subscribers. Students will work through the guided materials over the week. Registration for Math Circles also gives participants access to a moderated, private discussion board. Here, students can pose questions and get help with the materials from University of Waterloo Math faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to work on the materials within the week, as new materials will be emailed out again on the following Wednesday. Before Math Circles begins, a document outlining the discussion board rules and safety will be sent to all participants and parents.

Winter 2021 Math Circles dates

Math Circles will run online for 6 weeks in Winter 2021. New materials will be emailed to participants on:
February 17
February 24
March 3
(two week break March 10 and 17)
March 24
March 31
April 7

Intended Audience

The materials are intended to be accessible to interested students from grades 6 to 12. There are four levels to choose from: grade 6, grades 7 & 8, grades 9 & 10, grades 11 & 12. Students can choose their Math Circles level based on their grade level and/or mathematical ability.

Structure of the Activity

Math Circles activities are devoted to solving problems and to learning techniques that can be useful for mathematics competitions like those the CEMC is involved in. Math Circles is coordinated by Jen Nelson and Nick Rollick from the Faculty of Mathematics, with help from a variety of mathematicians from the University of Waterloo. In order to ensure an understanding of the material being presented, students are strongly encouraged to work through and solve the homework problems. While Math Circles is open to all interested students, we would expect that students attending are prepared to participate and work on the assigned tasks. Students are encouraged to work on the materials within the week, as new materials will be emailed out again on the following Wednesday.

Questions?

Please contact our Math Circles Organizer for further details.