Math Circle

Mission Statement:  As described on the National Association of Math Circles website, “Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students.” Furthermore, “The goal is to get the students excited about mathematics by providing a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics.”

In addition to pursuing these objectives, the Brown University Math Circle aims to reach students who have a strong interest in mathematics, but who are underserved or underrepresented in the mathematical community. Our hope is that the open setting of a math circle will help give motivated students, who come from public schools in Providence and surrounding areas, the opportunity to explore math in new ways.

 

The Fall 2017 Math Circle meets every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. in the math department building, Kassar House, Room 205, which is located at 151 Thayer Street. Sessions are led by Brown University math professors and graduate students on a wide range of topics, including number theory, cryptography and graph theory. Through coming to campus and working with professors, students will get exposure to a college setting, and more specifically to the possibility of studying math after high school.

 

For more information contact Alexandra Walsh or Thomas Goodwillie.

FALL 2017 Schedule:

DATE INSTRUCTOR TOPIC/TITLE

9/19/17

Alexandra Walsh

Basic Number Theory

9/26/17

Alexandra Walsh

Logic and Negation

10/3/17

Thomas Goodwillie

Euler Characteristic

10/10/17

Laura Walton

Graph Planarity/The Utility Problem

10/17/17

Brian Freidin

Hamming Codes

10/24/17

Daniel Katz

Nim/Deterministic Games

10/31/17

Alexandra Walsh

 

11/7/17

Joseph Silverman

Number Shapes-An Excursion in Number Theory and Geometry

11/14/17

Arias Hathaway

 

11/21/17

Dori Bejleri

 

11/28/17

Jose Conde Alonso

 

12/5/17

Tarik Aougab

 

12/12/17

Alexandra Walsh/DUG