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Math Circles

A math circle is a social occasion to enjoy mathematics as a creative tool, a topic of philosophical discourse, or a game. A math circle is also a group of people who meet to study mathematics for its own sake, because they are interested. Math circles come in different types defined (a) by the target audience (e.g., children, teachers, or families), (b) by the format of activities (e.g., problem solving, projects, or discussions), and (c) by their organization (e.g., one-time gatherings, short-term cooperatives, and ongoing groups). Some math circles are informal gatherings of friends at someone’s home or a park, while others are run by organizations with dedicated staff and systematic planning. Math circles can be as small as three or four students or ...

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