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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 Fall 2021 Math Circles will take place online, beginning on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The registration link will become active on this page at 12:00 noon on that date. You may need to refresh your browser at that time.

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Math Circles Materials

Math Circles materials, including presentation outlines, practice problems, and solutions, will be posted weekly.

Format for Fall 2021

Math Circles for Fall 2021 will run in an online format that includes prepared written lessons and/or videos, as well as three scheduled live sessions. Each Wednesday, Math Circles materials will be emailed to those that are registered. Students are encouraged to work on the guided materials within the week, as new materials will be emailed out again on the following Wednesday. After two weeks of materials, there will be a live session with the instructor, held in Zoom. A link to the session will be emailed out the day before. Registration for Math Circles also gives participants access to a moderated, private discussion board. Here, students can pose questions throughout the duration of Math Circles, and get help with the materials from University of Waterloo Math faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduate students.

Fall 2021 Math Circles dates

Math Circles will run online for 9 weeks in Fall 2021. The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, October 6: Lesson emailed out to participants
Wednesday, October 13: Lesson emailed out to participants
Tuesday, October 19: Live sessions for Grade 6 (7:00 8:00 EDT) and Grade 9/10 (4:00 5:00 EDT)
Wednesday, October 20: Live sessions for Grade 7/8 (7:00 8:00 EDT) and Grade 11/12 (4:00 5:00 EDT)

Wednesday, October 27: Lesson emailed out to participants
Wednesday, November 3: Lesson emailed out to participants
Tuesday, November 9: Live sessions for Grade 6 (7:00 8:00 EST) and Grade 9/10 (4:00 5:00 EST)
Wednesday, November 10: Live sessions for Grade 7/8 (7:00 8:00 EST) and Grade 11/12 (4:00 5:00 EST)

Wednesday, November 17: Lesson emailed out to participants
Wednesday, November 24: Lesson emailed out to participants
Tuesday, November 30: Live sessions for Grade 6 (7:00 8:00 EST) and Grade 9/10 (4:00 5:00 EST)
Wednesday, December 1: Live sessions for Grade 7/8 (7:00 8:00 EST) and Grade 11/12 (4:00 5:00 EST)

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.