Before attending Metroplex Math Circle please become familiar with the following expectations.
Part of the benefit of Metroplex Math Circle is learning how to behave in a college environment. High School students are expected to demonstrate the maturity of young adults and respect the speakers and property of UTD. Any behavior that distracts from the learning of the group may result in a student being asked to leave the Math Circle.
Younger students who attend are expected to demonstrate the same behavior. Parents are encouraged to attend with students who are not yet in High School to ensure that their behavior does not distract from the group.
Students will benefit most from regular attendance and by staying for the entire Math Circle session. The Director will also be considering regular attendance as he selects student leaders.
However, it is understood that high achieving students have many demands on their time and may have conflicts for all or part of a Metroplex Math Circle meeting. It should therefore be understood that students are encouraged to attend meeting as frequently and for as much of the time as possible.
One thing that separates Math Circles from other math programs is the expectation that much of the material will be new to the students and may not be 100% understood after the first exposure. This is to be expected for even the most talented students and is intended to encourage rather than discourage their further exploration of mathematics.
This can be a difficult transition for students who are used to excelling in math classes that build one new concept upon another. After each session we will try to provide links and resources so that students can study independently the new ideas to which they have been exposed.
Understanding only a third of a challenging concept at Math Circle can still be considered a great accomplishment and is good preparation for the challenges of collegiate or professional mathematics.