Temple University Mathematics Circle




The Mathematics Circle is at full capacity and no longer accepts applications for Spring 2012




Spring 2012

Meeting on selected Saturdays 10:00-11:30 AM, room 617 Wachman Hall



Description: This free of charge Mathematics Circle program (held on selected Saturdays, 10:00am-11:30am) is designed to provide middle school students with a variety of engaging mathematical experiences focused on extending their understanding and knowledge in mathematics. Topics include: divisibility, modular arithmetic, introduction to cryptography, introduction to probability, and geometry.



Background: The Math Circle program focuses on enabling participants to build self-belief and mathematical confidence, on encouraging and nurturing excellence in mathematics and sciences, and on providing exposure to expert mathematical training and accomplished professionals who may serve as role models and mentors for the students. The goals of the Temple University Mathematics Circle are:

  • to show the middle school students that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful and useful;
  • to build confidence in students' mathematical knowledge through engaging and quality mathematical instruction;
  • to introduce the middle school students to a variety of career opportunities for which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role;
  • to emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers;
  • to provide the participants with a support group and competent mentors which are successful undergraduate, graduate students and professionals from the STEM workforce;
  • to ultimately shape the way students view themselves and their mathematical interest and ability.
Mentors and Instructors: Mentors and instructors for the program are undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines at Temple University.

Organizers: Irina Mitrea and Maria Lorenz .

Program Contact: Irina Mitrea, 215-204-6741; imitrea@temple.edu





Tentative Schedule

Meeting Date Session Title
March 17, 2012
Divisibility and Modular Arithmetic
March 24, 2012
Introduction to Cryptography
March 31, 2012
The Mathematics of Voting
April 7, 2012
Build your own Regular Polyhedron
April 21, 2012
The Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence
April 28, 2012
Introduction to Probability
May 12, 2012
The Mathematics of Fractals