ISU High School Student Math Circle

What is a Math Circle?
A math circle brings students who enjoy the beauty and fascination of mathematics together with an instructor who leads the exploration of intriguing topics. Our goal is to have a great time learning about great math.

Who can participate?
One math circle can't appeal to students of all ages, so the ISU circle will focus on the interests of high school students. Anyone is welcome to attend, however, including parents and teachers. Some advanced middle school students might also find the meetings interesting. Sessions will cover number theory, advanced counting techniques, Euclidean geometry, graph theory, problem solving strategies and more.  Each session is independent of the others, so missing one session will not affect your understanding in other sessions.

When does the Math Circle meet?
The circle will meet roughly twice a month on Saturdays, though the intervals between meetings may vary depending on other high school activities, the university calendar, travel plans, etc. The next meeting is on

Saturday, February 27 2016, 11:00am-1:30pm


The next session will investigate some ideas from sorting theory:

How to Flip Pancakes

We will start at 11:00am and work for between two and two-and-a-half hours.  The late morning starting time is to give students time to travel from locations outside of Ames.  Subsequent meetings will be scheduled soon.

Where does this happen?
All meetings will be in

 Room 400 Carver Hall on the Iowa State University Campus

And yes, we will serve food!!!  For more information visit

Sign me up!
If you are interested in participating in the ISU Math Circle, please contact

Professor Elgin Johnston,
Department of Mathematics
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa, 50011
Phone: 515-294-8170