Welcome to the

TAMU Math Circle!

The Texas A&M Math Circle is an outreach activity that brings 5th - 12th grade students into direct contact with mathematical professionals in an informal setting to work on interesting topics in mathematics. The goal is to help students become passionate about math. Our instructors range from professors and graduate students at Texas A&M to experts from industry, all of whom are eager to share with students their passion for mathematics and its applications.

Meetings will be held online via Zoom. We will have meetings on 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 for the Fall semester. These are all Saturdays.

Daily schedule (NEW):

Discovery Learning Sessions:

  • 12.00 - 1.30 (Beginner)

  • 1.45 - 3.15 (Intermediate)

  • 3.30 - 5.00 (Advanced)

Problem Solving Sessions:

  • 12.00 - 1.30 (Advanced)

  • 1.45 - 3.15 (Beginner)

  • 3.30 - 5.00 (Intermediate)

Please note the changes in the schedule. We will have two simultaneous Zoom Meetings open from 12.00 to 5.00 PM on Saturdays. Students who wish to attend both discovery learning and problem solving activities will need to move from one meeting to the other during the 15 minute transition period.

Next Meeting (November 21, 2020):

November 21, 2020

Discovery Learning: Beginner Group (12.00 - 1.30 PM)

Speaker: Logan Knudsen (TAMU)

Title: Wolves and Sheep: Solving and Generalizing

Abstract: We will explore puzzle problems relating to the Wolves and Sheep Puzzle, consisting of arranging wolves and sheep in patterns that protect the sheep. We will also explore ways to maximize or minimize the area covered by the wolves.

Discovery Learning: Intermediate Group (1.45 - 3.15 PM)

Speaker: Dr. Phil Yasskin (TAMU)

Title: Counting Diagonals

Abstract: We will count the number of diagonals in an n x n grid that do not touch each other. 

Discovery Learning: Advanced Group (3.30 - 5.00 PM)

Speaker: William Frendreiss (TAMU)

Title: Deriving Pi using Limits and Geometry

Abstract: We will be using two methods to approximate pi from both above and below, by increasing the number of sides on arbitrary inscribed and circumscribed polygons. We will be using Excel to visually see how the area of these polygons approaches pi, the circle constant, from above and below. Advanced topics such as limits will be touched on, but not rigorously discussed.

Problem-Solving: Beginner Group (1.45 - 3.15 PM)

Instructor: Drs. Irina Bobkova and Guangbo Xu (Texas A&M University)

Problem-Solving: Intermediate Group (3.30 - 5.00 PM)

Instructor: Xiaoyu Su & Drs. Li Gao, Hao Guo (Texas A&M University)

Problem-Solving: Advanced Group (12.00 - 1.30 PM)

Instructors: Drs. Zhizhang Xie, Rodrigo Matos, Andrew Yu (Texas A&M University)

Below is the May 12, 2018 graduation. (Photo taken by JJ)