University of Oregon

Eugene Math Circle

Eugene Math Circle


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a math circle?

Math circles are regular gatherings of elementary, middle or high school students who enjoy mathematics and are eager to learn topics beyond the regular school curriculum. The students, guided by mathematicians and educators, work on problems that often involve complex and advanced topics. The goal is to get the students excited about mathematics.

  • What should I bring?
Please bring a pencil, pen, eraser and a graphing paper notebook to each EMC session. Occasionally, it will be useful to have a straight edge and a compass. Calculators may be used in the Intermediate and Advanced sessions. So, feel free to bring it but you don't have to. There are water fountains in the hallways, so you may also bring a water bottle with a lid.

  • Can I join the math circle now if I've already missed multiple sessions?
Definitely! You're welcome to join us at any time during the year provided there is space. We love to meet new people interested in math! In general, most sessions and topics are independent of each other.

  • I didn't quite understand everything at the last session. Should I keep coming anyway?
Absolutely! As many practicing research mathematicians will tell you, it often takes several years to become an experienced problem solver. It's completely fine (and expected) if you need to see a particular topic or discuss a particular idea several times before it starts to make sense. Keep in mind that the material discussed in EMC sessions is advanced and non-traditional.

  • How can parents help with the EMC?
Parents can help with various aspects of the circle, from being a room parent, providing refreshments during the circle breaks, to helping with the overall organization or donating to the circle. We are open to new ideas, and welcome any suggestions that you may have!