Mobile Math Circle

Mobile Math Circle in Action

Welcome to the Mobile Math Circle! Please come and join us. All high school and middle school students are invited.

The Mobile Math Circle meets Mondays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Room 140 on the first floor of the Mathematical Sciences and Physics Building (formerly Instructional Laboratory Building (ILB)) on the USA Campus.

The Mobile Math Circle invites all high school and middle school students, their teachers and parents to a special guest presentation by Professor Doug Pfeffer from Berry College in Rome, GA.

What Isolation Can Yield: The Mathematics of Ancient China, 1200 BCE – 1300 CE

In this historical talk, we delve into the mathematics discovered in ancient China. With almost no Western influence, much of their mathematical discoveries were both novel and independently made. Moreover, many Western-named discoveries (like Pascal’s triangle) actually occurred much earlier in ancient China. We will take a look at a few classic texts such as The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art where we see early instances of magic squares and systems of equations. Additionally, we will take a look at their numeration systems and their various attempts to approximate the value of pi. Culminating in the 13th and 14th century, we will investigate the mathematics of Li Zhi, Yang Hui, and Zhu Shiji and their early work on series and binomial coefficients. This talk is designed to be accessible to anyone with an interest in mathematics and its history – almost no technical training is necessary. 

When? Monday, October 21, 2019, from 7:00-8:30pm.

Where? Mathematical Sciences and Physics Building on the USA Campus.

The Mobile Mathematics Circle is a weekly gathering of students of high school and middle school age guided by professional mathematicians. It is designed for students who enjoy math and want the challenge of exciting problems that are normally outside the school curriculum.

The Mobile Mathematics Circle belongs to the great tradition of Mathematics Circles which started in Hungary more than a century ago and has grown stronger worldwide every year.

The activities of the Mobile Math Circle are sponsored by the Alabama Space Grant Consortium and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Alabama.

New students are welcome. Sessions are free for all students.

Please read the following article about the Mobile Math Circle. Here is a version from the Mobile Press Register. You may also be interested in a short report on last year's activities.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018/2019 Mobile Math Olympiad 

First Prizes

Gregory Li, Alabama School of Math and Science

Margaret Zheng, St. Paul's

William Howton, Alabama School of Math and Science

Matthew Gillis, Davidson High School

Second Prizes

Danielle Colborn, Alabama School of Math and Science

Nathan Amos, Alabama School of Math and Science

Alex Rosenthal, St. Paul's

Third Prizes

Connor Ferguson, St. Luke's

Gwynneth McCallister, Alabama School of Math and Science

Aubrey Mund, Bayshore Christian

Mary Kate Long, Alabama School of Math and Science

 

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Questions? Please call us (251) 460 7293 or send email to Dr. Pillen