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The Flint Math Circle is dedicated to

Inspiring and leading the formation within the greater Flint area of a network of youngsters dedicated to the exploration of the breadth and depth of mathematical sciences and the promotion of excellence and creativity in all areas of mathematics. Ultimately, the most active members of the Flint Math Circle will become role models and inspire the revival of mathematics in schools throughout the greater Flint area.

To achieve our goal/accomplish our mission,

  • We make sure that all our sessions are animated by practicing mathematicians who enjoy teaching mathematics and who patiently guide our young members through the process of mathematical creativity and mathematical problem solving. A large proportion of our presenters are accomplished mathematicians, some with distinguished teaching awards to their credits, others with outstanding research awards under their belts.

  • We maintain a connection with experienced Math circle directors and coordinators who have a track record of success in doing exactly what we wholeheartedly intend to offer the greater Flint community in the field of Mathematics.

  • We keep abreast of the latest in techniques of creative problem solving, and we regularly invite some of the leading researchers in creativity to animate our sessions.

  • We involve middle school and high school math teachers in our activities and actively work towards maintaining a permanent and constant flow of ideas/information between them and college professors for the well being of our youngsters.

  • We create and maintain a friendly, supportive, interactive and intellectually rich atmosphere/environment that inspires, triggers, facilitates/eases, encourages, motivates, nurtures, and enhances the process of Mathematical creativity.

Our sessions are introduced through titles that seek to address topics of interest to our audience. Examples of such titles include:

  • What are the odds of winning the jackpot in the Michigan Classic Lotto 47?

  • What is the link between music and mathematics that puts Mozart and Gauss on comparable genius levels?

  • How does Mathematics help find the cure for the merciless killer called Cancer?

  • How is Mathematics applied in Forensic science to help track down criminals?

  • What is the place of Mathematics in the exploration of our giant galaxy?

  • What does rearing rabbits have to do with Internet security?

  • Can mathematical mastery help make money on the stock market?

  • How do you prove that (-3)(-3) = +9?

  • How is statistics used in the courtroom to help judges reach better verdicts?

  • What on earth does the mp3 format in music have to do with Mathematics?

  • Which areas of Mathematics are used in the making of video games?

  • Can machines think?

  • Is it really true that in a right angled triangle we always have a^2 + b^2 = c^2?

  • How does Mathematics help show that you are guaranteed to be ruined if you linger at the casino?

It may be helpful to download this flyer for a brief description of  some of the topics that will be covered this academic year at the circle.

The discipline of Mathematics is so vast and has so many branches that it would be naive to undertake the task of enumerating the areas that will be covered by the Flint Math Circle. For your information however, we intend to cover, amongst other things, topics from Mathematics branches such as
Abstract Algebra Geometry Probability theory Machine Learning Applied Mathematics
Statistical Science Mathematical Analysis Foundations of Computing Game Theory Artificial Intelligence
Number theory Cryptography Mathematics of Video Games Quantum mechanics Chaos theory
Information theory Optimization Mathematical physics Astronomy Discrete Mathematics
Linear Algebra Differential equations Group Theory Ring Theory Mathematical Logic
Topology Combinatorics Numerical Analysis Signal Processing Complex Analysis
 

"In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them."  John von Neumann (1903-1957)

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