Come one, come all and enjoy Pi Day with fun lectures and delicious pies.

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Metroplex Math Circle is pleased to provide this opportunity for free to the public thanks to our sponsor, AwesomeMath Academy.

Benjamin has delivered TED talks and has made numerous radio and television appearances, including on *The Today Show*, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and *The Colbert Report*.

**“Secrets of Mental Math”**

**Who:** Dr. Arthur Benjamin, magician and professor of mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

**What:** “Secrets of Mental Math” — a lecture based on his popular book of the same name, learn this mathematician’s techniques for lightening calculation and amazing math tricks.

**When:** 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4th

**Where: **Hoblitzelle Hall (Room 2.402)

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Please join us between 2-3:30pm in room 2.305 of the ECSS building on the campus of UTD for this exciting talk. Austin Marstaller, a mathematics major at UTD, will present the topic of Graph Theory. A graph consists of some points called vertices connected together by some lines called edges. Many interesting questions arise in graph coloring problems in which the edges and/or vertices are colored following some restrictions. In this talk, I will introduce graph theory and explore some interesting graph coloring problems such as representing Sudoku as a colored graph.

*****Important Notice*****

If you wish to sign up for the AMC 10A/12A (February 2nd) and/or the AMC 10B/12B (February 17th), registration will take place IN PERSON during this event. There is a $10 fee per student per test. If the student’s school offers the test, you may not register to take it at UTD. Contact kathy.cordeiro@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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This talk will be split into two parts: LaTeX and Group Theory. In the first half of the math circle, Jacob will provide a brief introduction to LaTeX. LaTeX is a very useful program for writing up academic proofs and papers, and you can use it to make your work easier in all sorts of classes and projects. In the second half, we’ll explore the basics of “group theory,” a form of abstract algebra with some surprising applications.

Jacob Cordeiro is the author of four books, one an international best seller, *Minecraft for Dummies*. Currently, he is a student at Harvey Mudd College studying mathematics and computer science.

Please join us from 2 – 3:30pm in room ECSS 2.312 on the campus of UTD.

*****Important Notice*****

If you wish to sign up for the AMC 10A/12A and/or the AMC 10B/12B, registration will take place IN PERSON during this event. There is a $10 fee per student per test. If the student’s school offers the test, you may not register to take it at UTD. Contact kathy.cordeiro@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Please come join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 for this enlightening math circle. Students will learn important problem solving techniques in algebra and number theory that can be used in math competitions and other mathematics courses.

Where: ECSS Building, Room 2.203

When: 2-3:30pm

***Announcement. If you have a student who is in 8th grade or lower and would like to participate in the AMC 8, registration will take place * in person* at the MMC. Please note, the

*. There is an administration fee of $10 to register.*

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Being able to write elegant and articulate proofs takes practice. Come join the Metroplex Math Circle (MMC) and be exposed to the art of proof writing from Dr. Titu Andreescu. As former coach for the US International Mathematical Olympiad, he knows how to guide young mathematicians towards writing complete and well thought out mathematical proofs. This skill requires creativity, abstract thought, and patience.

When: October 10, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm

Where: TI Auditorium at UTD

Who: Students interested in delving into proof writing

***Announcement. If you have a student who is in 8th grade or lower and would like to participate in the AMC 8, registration will take place * in person* at the MMC. Please note, the

*. There is an administration fee of $10 to register.*

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Math Circle events will be announced on this blog as they occur, but will no longer be weekly events. If you are interested in learning problem solving consider attending math competition classes, clubs, or coaching sessions at AwesomeMath Academy (www.awesomemathacademy.org). If you have any questions about math circle or AwesomeMath Academy, email Kathy Cordeiro at awesomemathacademy@gmail.com.

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It’s time for the annual CIE Math Fun event!! http://www.cie-dfw.org/events/2015/mcmf/

The 2015 CIE MathComp/MathFun will be held on June 6th from 12:00pm to 5:30pm at Collin County Community College’s Spring Creek campus. The annual MathComp is a very popular math competition providing young students (grade 1 to 8) the opportunity to demonstrate their math problem solving skills. MathFun is an interactive program allowing parents and children to work together in solving math, engineering quizzes, and games to stimulate the students’ interest in science and mathematics.

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Thank you all for a great Math Circle season. We had some amazing speakers, great crowds, and, of course, wonderful mathematics! We will resume again in the Fall, but in the meantime, please check out the new science and math clubs at AwesomeMath Academy!

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Abstract: You have certainly been told that it is good to draw pictures when thinking about math. We will show several examples that will convince you that visualization is amazingly powerful, both for understanding things as well as for discovering new things that we don’t understand.

About our Speaker: Metroplex Math Circle is pleased to welcome Paul Zeitz, Mathematics Chair at the University of San Francisco, this Saturday. Mr. Zeitz has been involved with the world of competition mathematics as a competitor on the first American International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) team, helped to train other competitors for the IMO, composed problems for the USAMO, founded the Bay Area Math Meet, and, recently, co-founded the Proof School, which is dedicated to students who have a love and passion for mathematics. He was honored with the Mathematical Association of America’s Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 2003.

He is the author of *The Art and Craft of Problem Solving, *published in 1999, and in 2009 The Teaching Company produced a video course by the same name.

Please join us for this next MMC lecture!

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