The Calvin College Math Circle is an opportunity for 6th–8th grade students (typically 11–13 years old) to engage with exciting problems and topics in mathematics. Meetings are led by a professor in the Calvin math department and typically begin with a warmup activity or game that leads into the day's problem or topic. The Math Circle seeks to generate enthusiasm for problem-solving in mathematics. Students also discover applications of mathematics and participate in a community that nurtures critical thinking, communication, and abstraction.
Time & Location
We meet at Calvin College in North Hall 282 on Monday afternoons. For Spring 2018 we will meet from February 19 through March 12 and April 9 through April 30 (eight sessions). Parking is available in Lot 5 (west of the engineering building) and Lot 6 (west of the aquatic center).
- 3:45–4:00 p.m.: arrival and games
- 4:00–5:20 p.m.: main activity
- 5:20pm: dismissal
Cost & Application
- (update May 14, 2018) Math Circle starts again in September---we will meet again on Monday afternoons. We hope students from this year participate again in the fall, but we expect there will be new students, too. So we will have all new topics that don’t necessarily build on previous topics.
- Tuition is $80 per semester
- Registration is via Eventbrite (space limited to 24 students): tickets
- At the first meeting please bring a signed copy of the consent form: pdf
Calendar (Spring 2018)
|Monday, February 19||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Folding Shapes||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, February 26||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Ruler Game||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, March 5||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Multiplier Graphs||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, March 12||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||New Recruits||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, April 9||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Josephus Problem||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, April 16||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Modular Arithmetic||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, April 23||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Number Bracelets||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, April 30||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||UPC Codes||Prof. Mike Bolt|
Calendar (Fall 2017)
|Monday, September 25||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Consecutive Sums||Prof. Jan Koop|
|Monday, October 2||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Pile Division||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, October 9||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||NIM, a mathematical game||Prof. Tom Jager|
|Monday, October 16||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Optimal Dice||Prof. Randy Pruim|
|Monday, October 23||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Criss-Cross||Prof. Gerard Venema|
|Monday, October 30||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Last One Standing||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, November 6||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Binary Numbers||Prof. Mike Bolt|
|Monday, November 13||3:45–5:20 p.m.||NORTH HALL 282||Amida-kuji||Prof. Jan Koop|
The Math Circle is an enrichment activity that explores topics generally outside the regular mathematics curriculum. It is for 6th-8th grade students (typically 11-13 years old) who are interested in problem-solving and applications.
Math Circles originated in Russia in the 1930s, appeared in the United States in the 1990s, and are promoted by the National Association of Math Circles. Nearby circles include the Michigan Math Circle (Ann Arbor, MI) and the Maize & Blue Math Circle (Dearborn, MI).