The UW Math Circle is intended for Seattle-area middle school and junior-high school students, and it is being offered at no cost. The program is aimed at 7th and 8th graders with mathematical minds, with the intent of continuing their development in this direction.
The students meet weekly in the Math Circle to engage in a variety of activities. Here, we develop many areas of mathematics, including (but definitely not limited to) logic, graphs, combinatorics, and geometry. Follow the links at the top of the page for a more detailed breakdown of what's being covered in each meeting.
To reinforce the lessons learned at each Math Circle, weekly homework assignments are given at the end of the meetings. The students are encouraged to delve even further than the problem statement, in order to really get a feel for the solution. To reinforce this behavior, the first hour of each meeting is spent by the students explaining their solutions and methods to their peers, with the listening students free to critique the solutions and offer help when things get confusing.
The last half of the meeting is spent covering new material. We introduce the concepts to the students, with a major emphasis on hands-on activities. For the students, this means that a large percentage of their time is spent actively engaging in problem-solving, with ample time to ask probing questions to their colleagues and the instructors.
Chelan Lane and Spokane Lane Savery Hall
, WA 98195
47° 39' 25.0236" N, 122° 18' 32.4864" W