# Math Circle

## WHAT DOES IT COST?

There is *no fee* for student participation! The Spokane Math Circle will be sponsored by MSRI, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Registration is requested.

## WHO IS IT FOR?

The current target group is mathematically motivated students from grades 5 to 8, with an eye on expanding through 12th grade. If your student falls in this category, why not give Spokane Math Circle a try?

## WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

Each individual joins a math circle for different reasons. For some, it's a way to **be challenged** beyond the school setting. For others, it's a way to get **training** to do better at **math competitions**, like the AMC or AIME. And for another handful of people, it is for the pure **joy of learning mathematics** and extending their capabilities. Plus, it'll be a lot of **fun**! If you truly enjoy math, you should give the Spokane Math Circle a try! The Math Circle is new to Spokane, the first to emerge in the nearest 200 miles. Why not take this opportunity to be part of something really special?

## WHERE IS IT?

Right now, the Spokane Math Circle is scheduled to be on the beautiful and conveniently located on the Gonzaga campus (Herak Math and Engineering Building [map], Room 245 [map]). Coming to the Spokane Math Circle would also give a great opportunity to students to experience life on college campus!

## WHEN DOES IT START?

During the 2012-2013 academic year, meetings have been held on the third Saturday of the month from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

Dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are pending.

## WHAT WILL BE COVERED?

Some days will cover competition math questions: previous AMC tests, previous Math is Cool tests, etc. These days will cover a broad range of mathematics. Other days will be more topic based. Note that the math circle will cover these in more depth than in school.

### Some planned topics are:

• Distance/Rate/Time

• Counting

• Probability

• Geometry

• Divisibility

• Graph Theory

• Sequences

And much much more!

## WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?

DR. SHANNON OVERBAY, Gonzaga University Mathematics Department

Dr. Overbay is a Professor of Mathematics at Gonzaga University. She received her Ph. D. from Colorado State University in 1998. Her research interests include graph theory, ring theory, number theory, and

recreational mathematics.

DR. LOGAN AXON, Gonzaga University Mathematics Department

Dr. Axon is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Gonzaga University. He recently earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame advised by Peter Cholak. His research has been in computability theory, specifically algorithmic randomness.

DG KIM, Math Circle Coordinator and Central Valley High School Student

DG Kim is a mathematically motivated student in the Spokane area. He started the Spokane Math Circle to provide a unique learning experience to the youth of the city of Spokane.

## HOW CAN I CONTACT SMC?

Please register on the Spokane Math Circle website at:

[http://www.spokanemathcircle.org]

Find us on facebook:

[http://www.facebook.com/Spokane.Math.Circle]

Contact the Coordinator:

[dgkim@spokanemathcircle.org]