Competitive mathematics is a widely known method of learning math outside of the classroom. The math circle was created with the intent of promoting interest in mathematics with an emphasis on mathematical competitions. Most commonly, we prepare students for the middle school AMC series which primarily includes AMC 8. This year, the AMC 8 is on November 15th, 2016 and until then, our math circle sessions will ensure that students are prepared for the competition. Many of our handouts/lectures focus on problem solving techniques that will help students gain familiarity with the test and become better prepared. You can learn more about the AMC 8 here.
Here is an example of the type of creative problem solving you might need for the exam:
However, we also target other important competitions such as Mathcounts, Math Olympiad, and Mathleague, that occur more often throughout the year.
For those not interested in the competitive environment, math circle is also a valuable resource because it provides a source of ideas that focus on individual discovery and creative thought. For example, instead of providing a formula for the number of diagonals in a polygon. We will provide steps which you are encouraged to follow until you eventually right your own proof. These sorts of discovery-based problems make mathematics the exciting subject that it is.
Below, handouts are divided among subject and choose one to get access to past handouts/lectures.
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