About

TAMU Math Circle is a joint project between the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring students into direct contact with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The goal is to get the students excited about the mathematics, giving them a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics. TAMU Math Circle is jointly organized by Drs. Yasskin, Yu, and Wencei from the Math Department with the help of our graduate student organizer Joshua Goldstein. The circle is directed to gifted students in grades 5-12.

Due to the global pandemic, we will be online for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. All activities will be conducted online via Zoom.

There are two components to our activities, discovery or interactive exploration of mathematical ideas and concepts, and problem-solving classes. We will have two simultaneous Zoom meetings running each Saturday according to the following schedule:

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)

We provide engaging activities at all levels of the Math Circle and the best level for your child is the one most closely alligned with their level of mathematical maturity. As a rough guideline, we suggest

  • Beginner (Pre-Algebra and Below)

  • Intermediate (Algebra I and Above)

  • Advanced (Algebra II and Above)

These are only guidelines and many children are in levels different from their current schoolwork level. If you have any questions about which level is right for your child, please contact Phil Yasskin <yasskin@tamu.edu>. We want your child to receive the the best experience possible from our Math Circle and we are always open to adjusting their level according to their needs.

Students may participate in either of these components, or in both. If a student will participate in both, they will need to switch from one Zoom Meeting to the other during the 15 minute transition period. Meeting information will be provided after the application and registration process has been completed.

IMPORTANT: Please note that online safety is a high priority for us. Due to university regulations, there must be at least two adults in each Zoom breakout room at all times. For this reason we will need a large number of parents to volunteer as "Observers". Math experience is not required. We simply need adults to be present in the room and to report any issues to the Zoom meeting host. During the registration process, you will be given the option to volunteer as an Observer, and we encourage all parents who are able to do so. This is a fun and easy way to see first hand what we are up to in the Math Circle!