Calendar

Schedule for 2018-19

 Date
 Time  Location  Topic  Discussion Leader
 Handouts
9/29/18

8:30 - 11:00 am
SDSU CRMSE
Room 128
Problem Solving Through Puzzles Dave Patrick
AoPS
Handout and Notes
Problem-Solving Brainstorming
10/20/18
8:30 - 11:00 am

SDSU CRMSE
Room 128
Polyominoes and Blokus Sarah Trebat-Leder
AoPS

11/17/18
8:30 - 11:00 am
SDSU CRMSE
Room 128
Soma Cube Get Together Yana Mohanty
Imathgination LLC
Power Point Slides
Soma cube /BLOKL problem sheet
Grids for recording Soma solutions
12/15/18
8:00 -10:00 am

UCSD
Pepper Canyon Hall
Room 120
Memorization or not?
Po-Shen Loh
Carnegie Mellon
Leader of US IMO Team
8x8 checkerboard applet
16x16 checkerboard applet
Website with slightly different version of the activity
 1/11/19
 5:00 - 8:00 pm  Carmel Valley MS  Julia Robinson Math Festival
   Flyer
 2/16/19

 8:30 - 11:00 am SDSU CRMSE
Room 128 
The Same Game Game Dave Patrick
AoPS 
Handout
 3/16/19
 8:30 - 11:00 am  SDSU CRMSE
Room 128
Dancing Numbers Sarah Trebat-Leder
AoPS
Handout
 4/3/19-4/6/19     all day San Diego Convention Center  NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition  Dave Patrick will be leading a session on Wed 4/3 from 1:00-2:30  Program
(includes all math circle sessions)
 4/13/19
 8:00 - 11:00 am  SDSU
Arts & Letters Bldg
Room 101
 CRMSE Distinguished Lecture Series Dr. Megan Franke
UCLA 
Flyer
 4/27/19  8:30 - 11:00 am  SDSU CRMSE
Room 128
TBA TBA  

More sessions for Winter/Spring 2019 to be announced!

Click here for directions to our meeting location at SDSU. (We meet in the CRMSE building at 6475 Alvarado Road. Parking is free and easy! It is also a short walk from the Alvarado Medical Center trolley station.)

Save the dates April 3-6, 2019! The NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition will be in San Diego at the Convention Center downtown. We are expecting to have Math Teachers' Circle activities in conjunction with this convention.

Click here to access materials from previous years 


 All sessions run according to the following approximate schedule:
 8:30 a.m.
Doors open
 8:30 - 9:00
 Enjoy a complimentary light breakfast
(bagels, muffins, fruits, juice, coffee)
 9:00 - 11:00
 Mathematics Session
 11:00 - 11:15
 Wrap-up



2018-19 Session Descriptions

September 29: Problem Solving Through Puzzles
We'll explore some mathematical puzzles and see what problem-solving tactics we can learn from them.
October 20: Polyominoes and Blokus
We'll explore some questions about shapes and tilings that are inspired by the game Blokus. It's not necessary to have played the game before to enjoy the mathematics! November 17: Soma Cube Get Together
The Soma cube is a 7 piece dissection puzzle made of polycubes that was invented in Denmark in the 1930's. We will play with its latest incarnation called BLOKL, which is comprised of many Soma cubes put together. This allows for more accessible mini-dissection puzzles suitable for younger students. We will also ponder the various ways to adapt BLOKL problems to the the classroom. December 15: Special session at UCSD
Memorization or not?
Please click here to RSVP
Special times: Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast Session runs 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Special location: UCSD Pepper Canyon Hall (Park in Gilman parking structure. Parking is free on Saturdays!) Description: On a standard chessboard, 64 coins have been placed, one per square. Some are facing heads-up, and some are facing tails-up, but there is no system or pattern. You are to study the board, and then turn away. Exactly one coin will be flipped over. When you turn back, you are to identify exactly which coin was flipped. How difficult is it to achieve this goal? If you can memorize enough to handle this challenge, can you handle the analogous challenge with 256 coins on a 16x16 board? This talk will weave through several fascinating topics in mathematics, from binary arithmetic to the theory of communication.
Special guest session leader: Po-Shen Loh is a mathematician and social entrepreneur, working across the full spectrum of math and education, on a mission to raise the world's interest and ability in math. He is the founder of the free personalized learning platform expii.com, a mathematics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team. His research and educational outreach takes him around the world, reaching nearly 10,000 people through in-person events each year, and featuring in or co-creating online videos totaling over 4 million YouTube views.

February 16: The Same Game Game
When are two different games actually the same game? I don't really want to say any more so as to not ruin the surprise! This will serve as our entry to the larger question of when two mathematical objects are really the same mathematical object, which is the idea behind the mathematical term isomorphic. March 16: Dancing Numbers
In this session, we'll explore a few problems that involve pairing up numbers or arranging them into formations - like they're getting ready for a mathematical dance! We'll play around with some specific cases (Can we do this with the numbers 1 through 6? What about 1 through 8?) until we start to notice patterns and make conjectures. This is one of my favorite sessions to lead because we always end up discovering something I didn't know before!



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