Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC) is a weekly enrichment program for math- ematically inclined students of the greater Los Angeles area. The program en- compasses grades 1-12 and currently attracts over 200 students. Math Circle activities include problem-solving sessions, expository talks on various topics, involving students in research projects, showcasing applications of mathematics, and preparing students for mathematical contests.
Inspired by the Eastern European math circles, the program concentrates on nurturing students’ interest in mathematics through problem solving; train- ing students in writing rigorous proofs and preparing interested students to mathematical competitions at different levels. Each group has a lead instructor and several assistants, who are advanced UCLA graduate and undergraduate students. Guest speakers come to the oldest group with special presentations throughout the year. The program is very dynamic and flexible, with topics selection often being inspired by participants’ interests. Students are given an opportunity to participate in American Math Competition (followed by AIME and USAMO for those who qualified); Bay Area Math Olympiad, and Math Kangaroo, as well as LAMC’s contests (such as the Monthly Contest; Math Relays, Math Dominoes).
In addition to the school year program, we have added a summer session to help alleviate the waiting list.