Fullerton Math Circle

The very idea of a mathematical circle is rather new to the U.S. and even less known in Orange County than in other parts of the country.  The concept of the Fullerton Mathematical Circle is inspired from similar activities done in Central Europe over the last century, with Universities offering enrichment programs to interested young gifted mathematicians. The project consists of offering mathematical sessions for gifted middle school and high school students.  Each session will begin with a mini-lecture, and then the students will be divided into small groups thereby enabling active engagement in the problem solving process. The CSUF undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the secondary level will support the Fullerton Mathematical Circle by delivering presentations in the Circle’s lectures, and by working as facilitators during the Circle’s workshop sessions. Our facilitators serve as role models for the participants in the Circle, while they enrich their own experience. Furthermore, our students / pre-service teachers are trained to develop effective strategies that engage and enrich the mathematical experiences of gifted students in the schools where they subsequently teach. For more information, contact Prof. Bogdan Suceava at bsuceava@fullerton.eduOpens in new window .

 

Types of Meetings

The cover topics from different areas in mathematics, from plane geometry, elementary number theory, game theory, to logic, counting techniques, and combinatorics. The main goal of our meetings is to engage and teach students about the wonderful world of mathematics by teaching them problem solving skills and strategies. 

Although in the past our Math Circle met with several sections, serving students in grades 2-12, our present format has one single section, dedicated to students in high-school, grades 9-12. However, we do not limit our students' participation based on their current academic grade, and several middle-school students have over the years successfully attended our high-school content section.

We focus on the programs of the Mathematical Association of America, including the American Mathematical Competitions and the local conferences taking place in California. To support our students' participations in these conferences, we plan to inspire our projects from various sources, including the London-based Mathematical Gazette, as well as the Romanian Gazeta matematică. 

All Math Circle sessions meet at CSUF's main campus, in McCarthy Hall room MH 553 on Saturday's from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, unless specified otherwise

 

Fullerton Mathematical Circle in the News

Math Students get published (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/conspiracy-536386-theories-politics.htmlOpens in new window )

Bryan Brzycki's Article "On a geometric locus in taxicab geometry" (http://forumgeom.fau.edu/FG2014volume14/FG201409index.htmlOpens in new window )

 

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Kyle Kishimoto is presented with an MAA Outstanding Poster Award on April 12, 2014, at the Spring 2018 So Cal Meeting at Concordia University.

 

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Alvin Kim presents a poster at the Spring 2018 So Cal Meeting at Concordia University.

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Kyle Kishimoto presents a poster at the Spring 2018 So Cal Meeting at Concordia University.

Math Circle Sessions

 

For the Academic year 2018-2019, our regular Math Circle Sessions, meeting in MH 553 from 10:00 am to noon in the following Saturdays:

September 8, 2018
September 29, 2018
October 13, 2018
November 3, 2018
December 8, 2018
January 26, 2019
February 2, 2019
March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
May 4, 2019

We recommend our students to present their work at the Fall 2018 MAA So Cal Nevada Meeting on October 27, 2018, hosted at Scripps College.

Additionally, we plan to host
AMC 10 A and AMC 12 A on February 7
and AIME I on March 13