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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 for Fall Math Circles is now closed.

All available spaces for the Fall 2019 Math Circles are filled. Public registration for the Winter 2020 Math Circles will take place online on January 14, 2020. A link for registration will become active on this page at 12:00 noon on that date. To see the link, you may need to refresh your browser at that time. Registration is first come, first served. Those who did not secure a space in the fall were placed on the waitlist and will be given priority access to registration for the Winter session.

Math Circles Materials

Math Circles material, including presentation outlines and homework assignments, will be posted weekly.

Intended Audience

The meetings are accessible to interested students from grades 6 to 12. Students choose a room based on their grade level and/or mathematical ability. There are four levels to choose from: grade 6, grades 7 & 8, grades 9 & 10, grades 11 & 12. Students attend one Math Circle session each week.

Dates and Location

Math Circles groups meet weekly.
The grade 6 Math Circles will meet Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The grade 7/8 Math Circles will meet Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Thursday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The grade 9/10 and 11/12 Math Circles will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Students attend the same evening/afternoon session for the entire 8 weeks.

Fall 2019 meeting dates:

October 8/9/10
October 15/16/17
October 22/23/24
October 29/30/31
November 5/6/7
November 12/13/14
November 19/20/21
November 26/27/28

Room assignments for Fall session:

Grade 6: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00, room DC 1302
Grade 6: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00, room DC 1302
Grade 7/8: Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00, room DC 1304
Grade 7/8: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00, room DC 1304
Grade 7/8:  Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00, Session 1: room MC 4041, Session 2:  room MC 4063
Grade 9/10:  Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30, room MC 2034 (except October 30 which is in MC 4059)
Grade 11/12:  Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30, room MC 2035 (except October 30 which is in MC 4058)

All room assignments are in buildings on the University of Waterloo's main campus.

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Structure of the Activity

The sessions are devoted to solving problems and to learning techniques that can be useful for mathematics competitions like those the CEMC is involved in. The sessions are coordinated by Jen Nelson from the Faculty of Mathematics, with the help of 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 solve the homework problems. While Math Circles is open to all interested students, we would expect that the students attending come prepared to participate and work on the evening's tasks.

Bad Weather?

In the case of extreme weather conditions, please check here for an announcement regarding whether or not Math Circles has been cancelled for the evening.


Please contact our Math Circles Organizer for further details.