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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 is now closed. All available spaces for the Fall 2018 Math Circles are filled. Public registration for the Winter 2019 Math Circles will begin on January 15, 2019. A link for registration will appear here at 12:00 noon on that date. To see the link, you may need to refresh your browser at that time.

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 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 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 2018 meeting dates:

October 9/10/11
October 16/17/18
October 23/24/25
(No meeting on Oct 30/31/Nov 1)
November 6/7/8
November 13/14/15
November 20/21/22
November 27/28/29
December 4/5/6

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 4:00 – 5:30, rooms MC 4040 (Session 1) and MC 4041 (Session 2)
except for November 8:  MC 2065 (Session 1) and MC 4041 (Session 2)
Grade 9/10:  Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30, room MC 2035
Grade 11/12:  Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30, room MC 2038

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.