MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PROGRAM

September 17, 2014
THE FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
MATH CIRCLES
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Saturdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Held at the Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

Contact: communications [at] fields.utoronto.ca
All high school students are welcome.

Organizer: Sarah Sun
Previous Organizers: Larry Rice, Radford de Peiza, Daniel Deaconu, Chris Wu

NEWS 2014: Math Circles Instructors wanted! (Apply here)

Math Circles at the Fields Institute is looking for new volunteers to teach bright high school students interesting topics in mathematics. The goal of Math Circles is to introduce different topics in mathematics not necessarily taught in school, while keeping things fun! In particular, we are looking for instructors to do one of the following topics:

Introduction to Real Analysis
Introduction to Graph Theory
Introduction to Topology
Introduction to Groups and Rings
The Game of Go
Game Theory
Optimization

Other topics are welcome!
Lectures are held at the Fields Institute on Saturday afternoons from 1pm - 3pm.

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New. Announcement from the organizer, Sarah Sun. -- posted September 3, 2014

For 2014-14 year, Math Circles will start September 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fields Institute.

If you wish to participate, please don't forget to register !

We look forward to seeing many students this year. Also, we are looking for voluteer instructors.

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WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE

September 27, 2014 -- First Day of Math Circles

October 4, 11, 18, 25

OVERVIEW
Math Circles have been active in Toronto for several years. While some of the students who attend simply like to work on challenging problems, many others use the weekly circles meetings to help them prepare for competitive mathematics contests, either individually or as members of a team. Some of the past participants in this program have gone on to represent Canada at the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most elite and prestigious of these competitions. Fields is committed to supporting students to take part in competitions outside of Toronto.

MEETINGS
The Fields Mathematics Circles sessions are open to high school students (grade 9& 12) from throughout the Toronto area. Math Circles is held at the Fields Institute on Saturday afternoons. There are about 50 students participating on a weekly basis. There will be 10 to 12 sessions in the fall term (late September to early December) and another 10-12 in the winter spring term, ending by late May.

HISTORY
The Math Circles concept was developed in Moscow in the 1950's as a way to maintain the interest of bright students in mathematics. Challenging material from outside the regular curriculum, as well as preparation for problem solving competitions were seen as the key to maintaining this interest. A critical component to the success of this concept was the active involvement of some of the major figures of the Moscow mathematical community. And, indeed, the Math Circles proved to be highly successful with similar groups established throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. The migration of former Soviet scientists to the West at the end of the twentieth century carried the concept to North America.

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