Math Circles are for students with long attention spans who enjoy engaging in mathematical conversation. Students will learn to collaborate with others while developing and defending their mathematical ideas. Our pedagogy is based on the approach used in the Boston Math Circle.
Math Circles are programs for students who love math and want a challenge. Students should have long attention spans and should be eager to have a discussion about mathematical ideas with like-minded peers.
During the fall of 2014, Riverbend Community Math Center is offering three Math Circles. These classes will meet during the following Mondays. Class times and descriptions are below.
The Wallis Math Circle, named for John Wallis (1616--1703), will meet on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Get a jump-start on learning math as we hop on number lines to learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. During our journey, we will search the number line for the world's biggest and smallest numbers. Most students in the Wallis Math Circle will be 4 to 7 years old.
The Boole Math Circle, named for George Boole (1815--1864), Mary Everest Boole (1832--1916), and Alicia Boole Stott (1860--1940), will meet on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. During this adventure, we will meet some creatures who tell the truth, some who lie, some whose statements are always paradoxes, and others who always change the statements they hear in certain ways. Using logic, we will unravel puzzles so that we can successfully reach our destination and save the day. Most students in the Boole Math Circle will be 7 to 11 years old. Students in this group should know how to add and subtract fairly well, and may be working on multiplication, division, and fractions.
The Euler Math Circle, named for Leonhard Euler (1707--1783), will meet on Mondays from 4 to 5 PM. Join us as we figure out what it takes to make mathematics and break mathematics. We will learn about axioms, use various proof techniques, and invent new systems of numbers. We will ramble past subjects such as number theory, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, complex analysis, and abstract algebra. Most students in the Euler Math Circle will be 9 to 15 years old. Students in this group should have mastery over elementary level mathematics including multiplication, division, and fractions. Students in this group must be enthusiastic about discussing abstract mathematical ideas.
If you are interested in joining a Math Circle, please contact the Riverbend Community Math Center.
Content From Past Math Circles