Math Circles

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.

If you are interested in joining a Math Circle, please contact the Riverbend Community Math Center.

Spring 2015

During the spring of 2015, Riverbend Community Math Center is offering three Math Circles. These classes will meet during the following Mondays. Class times and descriptions are below.

Classes are held at the Charles Martin Youth Center at 802 Lincolnway West.

The Wallis Math Circle

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Typical Age: 4 to 7 years old
Named for: John Wallis (1616–1703)

Learn how to break numbers apart and put them back together.

The Boole Math Circle

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Typical Age: 7 to 11 years old
Named for: George Boole (1815–1864), Mary Everest Boole (1832–1916), and Alicia Boole Stott (1860–1940)

We will explore shapes and surfaces with geometry and topology. Students in this group should know how to add and subtract fairly well, and may be working on multiplication, division, and fractions.

The Burns Math Circle

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Typical Age: 10 to 14 years old

This middle-school level math circle will explore real-world connections between mathematics and human biology including topics such as our heart, digestive system, body ratios, skeletal system and fingerprints.

The Euler Math Circle

Time: 4 to 5 PM
Typical Age: 9 to 15 years old
Named for Leonhard Euler (1707–1783)

This semester, we are learning about the main branches of mathematics by tackling problems in number theory, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, differential equations, linear algebra, topology, geometry, and much more. Students in this group should be enthusiastic about discussing abstract mathematical ideas and should have mastery over elementary level mathematics including multiplication, division, and fractions.

Content From Past Math Circles

2010 Fermi Math Circle

Riverbend Community Math Center
(574) 339-9111
This work placed into the public domain by the Riverbend Community Math Center.