Calendar

Session schedule

All sessions meet in AP&M B412 at the UCSD campus (click here for maps and directions) run according to the following approximate schedule:

8:30 a.m.

Doors open

8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.

Enjoy a complimentary light breakfast (bagels, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee)

9:00 a.m.—9:55 a.m.

Session  1

9:55 a.m.— 10:05 a.m.

Break

10:05 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Session 2

11:00 a.m.—11:15 a.m.

Wrap-up

Date

Time

Location

Topic

Discussion leader

RSVP

Handouts

10/19/13

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Exploding Dots

David Patrick

 

Exploding Dots

Solutions

11/16/13

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Geometric Transformations

Cynthia Martinez and Yana Mohanty

 

Geometric Transformations(Yana)

Cynthia’s teaching materials

12/14/13

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Puzzles!

Richard Rusczyk

 

Puzzles by Palmer Mebane

Grandmaster puzzles

Simon Tatham’s puzzles

1/11/14

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Fun With Dice

David Patrick

 

Dice

Reiner Knizia's Dice Decathlon

2/08/14

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Geometric Dissections

Naoki Sato

 

Geometric Dissections

3/08/14

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Two-Player Games

James Fung and Shannon Rogers

 

Two Player Games

5/03/14

8:30 -11:00 am

UCSD, AP&M B412

Volumes

Yana Mohanty

 

Volumes on Volumes

Glossary/resources

 

San Diego

Math Teachers’

Circle

Past years’ calendars and handouts are available at the links below.

Brief session Descriptions

Exploding Dots                                                                                                           October 19, 2013

Exploding Dots (developed by noted math educator James Tanton) is a fun way to explore basic arithmetic, number bases, polynomials, decimals, geometric series, Fibonacci numbers, and more! In the process, we'll learn a bit about how to think like a mathematician and how to pose interesting mathematical questions. We'll also see how basic classroom concepts can connect to some really deep mathematics (and vice versa). 

Geometric Transformations                                                                                 November 16, 2013

Geometric Transformations have gained increasing prominence in the math curriculum since the introduction of the Common Core State Standards. During the presentation, we will use manipulatives to explore transformations in the context of frieze and wallpaper patterns. Using this hands-on approach, participants will see how problem solving techniques can work with diverse populations of students. A special education teacher will be on hand to share her perspective. 

Puzzles!                                                                                                                 December 14, 2013

“Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them" is the very first standard of the new Common Core. In this month's session, we'll explore some different types of puzzles and the various problem-solving strategies that we can use to solve them. The puzzles that we'll be solving have been created by Palmer Mebane, the current U.S. Puzzle Champion and the 2011 World Puzzle Champion.

Fun with Dice                                                                                                        January 11, 2014

Dice: what would we do without them? (We wouldn't be able to play Yahtzee, that's for sure.) Fortunately, dice have been around for thousands of years. There are loads of problems involving dice that we can pose, covering many different topics from middle-school and high-school math: geometry, number theory, combinatorics, statistics, probability, and so on. We'll look at a few of these problems, and maybe even invent a new dice game of our own!          

 

Geometric Dissections                                                                                             February 8, 2014

Given a certain figure, when is it possible to cut it into pieces, and then reassemble the pieces to form another figure?  For example, when can you turn a triangle into a square?  Get ready to slice and dice as we explore this question, and other questions regarding geometric dissections.                                         

 

Two-Player Games and Random Walks                                                                       March 8, 2014

We'll explore some classic two-player games, and learn some techniques for determining a strategy to win at them. We'll also apply these techniques to the problem of "random walks", and hopefully see some real-world applications. (Note: we didn't actually get to to the topic of random walks during the session, but don't worry, we're saving it for a session for the 2014-15 year.)           

Volumes                                                                                                                             May 3, 2014

Volumes of pyramids, prisms, and other polyhedra figure prominently in the new Common Core State Standards. Students must not only know the volume formulas, but be able to understand them and explain them. In this extremely hands-on session, we will look at computing volumes from a variety of angles — no pun intended!

2011-2012

2012-2013