FAQ


Who can join the Math Circle?
What does it cost to join the Math Circle?
When and where does the Math Circle meet?
Where is the best place to park on UNC’s campus?
What do I need to bring?
Who teaches the classes?
What if I have to miss a meeting?
How do I get on the email list?
I didn’t understand everything at the last session. Should I keep coming?
My child is mature for his or her grade and is several years ahead in math. Should he or she start in a higher level group?
Can adults attend?
How can I get involved as a volunteer?
What are the benefits of attending a math circle?
How is the Math Circle different from Mathcounts and Mathletes?

Who can join the Chapel Hill Math Circle?

The Chapel Hill Math Circle is intended for students who like solving puzzles and challenging problems. There are four levels: the Beginners Group, recommended for grades 1 – 3; the Elementary Group, recommended for grades 3 – 5; the Intermediate Group is recommended for grades 6-8; and the Advanced Group, recommended for grades 9-12 and for 7th and 8th graders who are comfortable using Algebra (for example, 8th grade students enrolled in Math II or III).
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What does it cost to join the Chapel Hill Math Circle?

The program is currently free.
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Can I join now?

For Fall 2017, we will start on Sept. 9, 2017 and continue meeting about 3 Saturdays a month through Dec. 16.

You can join any time. To register, please fill out the online registration form. Students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis until capacity is reached. If the program is full when you register, you will be placed on a wait list and notified when space is available.
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When and where does the Math Circle meet?

The Math Circle meets roughly three Saturday mornings  per month during the school year in Phillips 206 and 208 on UNC Campus, starting on Sept 9, 2017 and ending around April 28, 2017.  Check the calendar for meeting dates. The Beginners Group and the Elementary Group meet from 9:00 – 10:00 am.  The Intermediate and Advanced Groups meet from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.
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Where is the best place to park on UNC campus near Phillips Hall?

There is visitor parking available in Swain Lot right across from Phillips Hall on weekends.  Additional visitor parking is available in the Morehead Planetarium lot, a short walk from Phillips Hall.  There are also public parking decks on Rosemary Street a few blocks away. Please allow extra time to find parking.  Carpooling is encouraged!

The classrooms are on the main level just to the right of the front entrance to Phillips Hall.
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What do I need to bring?

Students should bring a pencil and paper to every session. Graph paper and colored pencils are often useful as well.
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Who teaches the classes?

Hector Rosario and  Linda Green will teach most classes.  UNC student volunteers assist in the classroom. Some classes may be taught by guest speakers, including faculty members from NCSSM and UNC.
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How do I get on the email list?

Join the Chapel Hill Math Circle google group to get on the email list. Be sure to change the default setting of “No Email” to “All Email” or “Abridged” when you join. Also, please follow us on Facebook .
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I didn’t understand everything at the last session. Should I keep coming?

Definitely! The material presented at the meetings is often non-traditional and challenging … sometimes even for mathematicians! If you understand even 50% of what goes on, that’s actually a lot. If you keep attending, you’ll find that your problem solving skills improve, you’ll start recognizing themes between sessions, and you’ll understand more and more of what goes on.
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My child is mature for his or her grade and is several years ahead in math. Should he or she start in a higher level group?

Many children in the program will be ahead of their grade level in math. With this in mind, we ask that your child try the group for his or her grade level first. Then, if you think a change is needed, please check with the directors. Be assured that all students will be challenged.
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Can adults attend?

Yes, we need a few parent assistants to help. Please sign up on our volunteer form if you would like to volunteer on a regular basis.  We have a limited amount of space in the classroom for parent observers who are not regular volunteers.  Please check with the directors.  Local teachers are always welcome to observe; please email for details.
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How can I get involved as a volunteer?

UNC undergraduate students and graduate students are needed to assist in all the groups.  All regular volunteers will need to complete a background check and training before working with minors.  Please contact Linda Green at linda.green (at) unc.edu for additional information or sign up on our volunteer form.

Parents can volunteer to bring snack to Phillips 224 before the 10:00 – 10:30 break between classes. Please sign up on the snack calendar.

We can also use a few parent assistants to help with administrative details, discipline, and one-on-one math instruction.
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What are the benefits of attending a math circle?


Math circles expose students to new topics that are not typically covered at school.  Students who attend regularly will improve their problem solving skills as they wrestle with challenging problems that require deep thinking and creativity.  A math circle is also a place for students to meet other students with like minds and interests.
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How are Math Circles different from Mathcounts and Mathletes?

Mathcounts and Mathletes are programs that center on competitive, timed contests. Problem solving at the Math Circle is collaborative — you’ll be working on problems together with your friends. Instead of solving a bunch of unrelated problems, Math Circle lets you explore new mathematical topics in depth. For example, one session may be entirely about 4 dimensional geometry. Another session may be about game theory.
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