MathCircle for Winter-Spring 2015

A Math Circle is a friendly gathering for young students, where love for mathematics is the driving force.  Our Canisius Math Circle meets once a week throughout the school year.  For the Winter-Spring 2015, we plan to meet on Tuesdays from 4:15PM to 5:30PM in Room 1053 of Science Hall at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.  For directions and a map, see “how to find us”at http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/2012/09/20/how-to-find-us/

We plan to have meetings on Jan.27, Feb.3, Feb.10, Feb.24, March 3, March 10, March 24, and March 31.

We welcome students from grades 5 – 12 who want to explore mathematical curiosities and have fun with mathematics. We started a few years ago, and we have had many successful meetings, with presentations by Canisius faculty and students, and local teachers.

Please help us spread the word! Anyone interested can register by email at themathcircle@canisius.edu or call 888-3291.

Looking forward to seeing you,   Dr. Barbara Burns and Dr. Terrence Bisson

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MathCircle for Nov.18-cancelled

MathCircle for Nov.18, 2014 is cancelled, because of weather uncertainty.

We had a nice semester of meetings, with lots of puzzle days and a talk on symmetric patterns in paper bands.   Join us next semester; we will be posting the dates by mid January.

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Math Circle for Fall 2014

A Math Circle is a friendly gathering for young students, where love for mathematics is the driving force.  Our Canisius Math Circle meets once a week throughout the school year.  For the Fall 2014, we plan to meet on Tuesdays from 4:15PM to 5:45PM in Room 1053 of Science Hall at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.  For directions and a map, see “how to find us”at http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/2012/09/20/how-to-find-us/

We plan to have meetings on Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, and  Nov. 18  (with no meeting on October 14).

We welcome students from grades 5 – 12 who want to explore mathematical curiosities and have fun with mathematics. We started in Fall 2012, and we have had many successful meetings, with presentations by Canisius faculty and students, and local teachers.

Please help us spread the word! Anyone interested can register by email at themathcircle@canisius.edu or call 888-3291.

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MC (April 1, 2014)

Our final Math Circle of this semester is April 1 (no fooling!).

It is on rubber-band braiding and links to knots.

(some experts are coming to demonstrate)

Here is a link to a project sheet:

http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/files/2014/04/rubber-bands.pdf

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MC (March 25, 2014)

We had no meeting on March 18 because of Spring break.

On March 25, we did a project on Sudoku and its cousins.

Here is a link to the project sheet:

http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/files/2014/03/mcMarch25.pdf

Our final Math Circle of this semester will be next week April 1 (no fooling!).

It will be on rubber-band braiding and knots (with some experts coming to demonstrate).

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MC (March 11, 2014)

We celebrated pi day a little early, with help from Dr. H.

We looked at the definition of pi, acted out a poetic drama, examined the first 200 digits of pi, and simulated the Buffon needle experiment (with great results).

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MC (March 4, 2014)

The project for March 4, 2014 is “Building Maze-Trees”.  Appearing by request, as a follow-up to our interesting project on mazes in Fall 2013.

Here is a link to the project sheet:

http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/files/2014/03/MazeTreeScan.pdf

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MC (February 11, 2014)

We did a math project called “the game of penny jumping”

Here is a link to the project sheet:

 http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/files/2014/02/PennyJump.pdf

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MC (February 25, 2014)

We did a project called “A Cycle of Differences”

Here is a link to the project sheet:

http://blogs.canisius.edu/themathcircle/files/2014/02/CycleDiff.pdf

We did LOTS of experiments.

We found an example of a starting square that lasted 8 or 9 steps.  We also found what happens for all possible ways of starting with 0′s and 1′s.

We also investigated whether it was possible to “work backwards”.

We found that a starting triangle ended at a different stable pattern.

We also investigated a starting pentagon.

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Math Circle for Spring 2014

Here is some information about the Canisius Math Circle for Spring 2014.

We will be using a new room in Science Hall this semester:

Science Hall Room 1028,  at Canisius College,  2001 Main Street,  Buffalo, NY

Tuesdays from 4:15 – 5:45

Dates:    1/28;  2/4;  2/11;  2/25;  3/4;  3/11;  3/25; 4/1; and 4/8

For information,  contact Dr. Barbara Burns and Dr. Terrence Bisson:

Barbara A. Burns, Ph.D.   Professor
Co-Chair, Teacher Education Department   716 888 3291

Terry Bisson, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics 716 888 2497

We are also looking at the WNY Regional Science and Engineering Fair as part of the Math Circle this semester.    The Fair is at Buffalo State College on March 29, 2014. Registration is due by March 8, 2014.  Here’s a site with some information about it:

http://www.wnysc.org/guidelinesforentries.html

 

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