- Math Circle Diaries, Year 1: A Complete Curriculum
- by Anna Burago
Prime Factor Math Circle is an extracurricular math program for elementary and middle-school students. In our circle, students develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as learn the principles of logic and math reasoning. Our curriculum includes interesting and educational math topics that often lie beyond the school program.
Prime Factor Math Circle students meet weekly in a small-class setting. The circle sessions consist of an hour and a half of interactive teaching, mathematical discussion and problem-solving. The problems and discussion topics are selected to stimulate the students' creative abilities and to develop their problem exploration skills and mathematical reasoning. Some of the class time (especially in circles with younger students) is devoted to mathematical contests and competitions.
In the 2013–2014 school year, Prime Factor Math Circle will operate circles of seven different levels:
In this circle, we will spend a lot of time working on problems and getting to know math concepts and ideas through hands-on experience.
For students who like to ask questions and search for answers. Math is used as a tool for developing logical and problem-solving abilities.
This circle is devoted to more advanced math concepts and more challenging problems than Circle 2. It is about both hands-on problem solving and building a solid foundation for our middle school program. While working on a variety of math enrichment topics and problem solving techniques, the students will be exposed to all elements of mathematical inquiry: creative exploration, rigorous proof, and clear explanation.
For students who want to know more about the world of extracurricular mathematics. Potential students should be ready to explore, learn, and work on challenging problems. This class is open to Elementary School Circle graduates and to new students.
For students of grades 6-8 who are familiar with the First Year topics or are ready to put in extra work of catching up with our First Year program.
For students of grades 7-9 who are familiar with the Second Year topics.
This circle is for students to are familiar with the Third Year topics.
For detailed descriptions of these classes visit the
For the 2013–2014 schedule visit the schedule page.
To register, visit the registration page.
If you want to look at a sample of math circle problems, check our Archive pages.