Lesson Plans

Hackin’ Hackenbush
 Hackenbush is a famous mathematical game that can be used to construct weird kinds of numbers such as surreal numbers, and nimbers! This lesson uses the game as a springboard to exploration of game theory, where Jammers will generalize strategies, while also touching on basic graph theory.

Totally Topological Tricks
 This is a discoverybased lesson where teams of Jammers work together to solve puzzles, causing them to see everyday shapes differently, and explore topological concepts in a handson environment.

Imaginary Numbers are Real!
 This lesson takes a historical look at number systems, setting the stage for selfdiscovery of imaginary numbers. The complex plane is used as a tool to think of complex operations in terms of geometry, and develop an intuition behind the math.

Ready, SET, Go!
 Race to be the first to find a set! The game of SET features 81 unique cards that vary in color, shape, number, and shading. This lesson utilizes the game as a platform to introduce various topics in combinatorics, probability, and set theory.

Gaming the System of Gaming
 What makes a game fair? What risks are good to take in games? What happens if a game has to end before someone wins? In this lesson, participants take the role of contestants in famous problems in games and probability, and analyze what the best courses of action are for players. Powerpoint for the lesson available here.

Cryptography
 This onehour lesson plan guides students through a brief history of cryptography – the science of making secret codes, before exploring the math behind how they work. Concepts from number theory come and modular mathematics are unraveled as students try to decipher and make their own codes!
Past Jams
Math Circles 2019 Schedule: Theme: STEAMpowered
Math Circles 2018 Schedule: Theme: Math to the Future, Slideshow
Math Circles 2017 Schedule: Theme: The Language of the Universe, Slideshow
Math Circles 2016 Schedule: Theme: Moments of Discovery
Math Circles 2015 Schedule: Theme: Going Full Circle, Slideshow
Math Circles 2014 Schedule: Theme: Mathematics in Nature, Slideshow
Math Circles 2013 Schedule: Theme: Notions of Shape and Space, Slideshow
Math Circles 2012 Schedule: Theme: Puzzles, Logic and Games
Math Circles 2011 Schedule: Theme: Mathematics through the Ages
Math Circles 2010 Schedule: