UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

ORMC Meetings • 2022-2023 Academic Year

 Search handouts:

For meetings prior to Fall 2022, visit the Circle Archive.

Advanced 1AAdvanced 1BAdvanced 2Advanced 3AMC 10/12 TrainingAMC 8 TrainingBeginners 1ABeginners 1BBeginners 1CBeginners 2A
Beginners 2BChess clubIntermediate 1AIntermediate 1BIntermediate 2AIntermediate 2BOlympiads Training
6/26/2022

Students will try to solve the Instant Insanity puzzle as an introduction to graph theory.

Handouts: handout_1
7/10/2022

We will study various properties of graphs ending with Eulerian cycles and the famous Seven Bridges of Konigsberg problem.

Handouts: handout_2
7/17/2022

Students will continue the study of graph theory.

Handouts: handout 3
7/24/2022

Students will continue their study of graph theory.

Handouts: handout 4
7/31/2022

Students will take a break from graph theory and solve fun logic puzzles.

Handouts: handout_5
8/7/2022

Students will complete the previously studied handouts on Euler characteristic and logic puzzles.

Handouts: handout 6
8/14/2022

Students will apply their knowledge of graph theory, trees in particular, to solving a bunch of fun word problems.

Handouts: handout
8/21/2022

Students will study a part of graph theory that shows how order emerges out of chaos.

Handouts: handout
9/25/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221.

Class Plan:

Hello everyone! We begin this quarter by briefly studying modular arithmetic. This will serve as a warmup for the type of coding challenges we plan to tackle in Python. The lecture materials will be posted after class.

Required Resources:

A pencil, eraser.

Homework Due:

None

Homework Assigned:

Please complete up to section 2 (pages 1 - 14) in the packet attached below. This packet was handed out during the lecture. We will review the homework next lecture.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

10/2/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-5 pm (only 1 hour lecture due to fundraising event aftewrard) at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of modular arithmetic

Required Resources:

A pencil, eraser.

Homework Due:

Please complete up to section 2 (pages 1 - 14) in the packet attached below. This packet was handed out during the lecture. We will review the homework next lecture.

Please also fill out the following google form by October 5th so that we can prepare for our future python lessons: http://tiny.cc/intermediate1_CS.

Homework Assigned:

None.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

10/9/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We finish our study of modular arithmetic and move on to the basics of python! We begin by studying data types and variables.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

None.

Homework Assigned:

None.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

10/16/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of Python. We continue studying data types and introduce control flow.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

None.

Homework Assigned:

Homework 1 multiple choice sheet.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

10/23/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of Python.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

Homework 1 multiple choice worksheet

Homework Assigned:

Homework 2 multiple choice worksheet

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

10/30/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of Python.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

Homework 2 multiple choice worksheet

Homework Assigned:

Homework 3 multiple choice worksheet

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

11/6/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of Python.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

Homework 3 multiple choice worksheet

Homework Assigned:

Homework 4

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

11/13/2022

Enjoy Veteran's day weekend!

11/20/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We continue our study of Python.

Required Resources:

A computer with mouse and charger being optional

Homework Due:

Homework 4 multiple choice worksheet

Homework Assigned:

None, although there is an optional practice problem sheet! The kids can do it to win points for the special lesson plan this upcoming class.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

11/27/2022

We are thankful to all the parents and students!

12/4/2022

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn basics of modular arithmetic
  • Learn fundamentals of python programming
  • Practice employing programming to solve difficult math problems

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We have a fun end-of-year relay planned!

Required Resources:

Nothing!

Homework Due:

None, although there is an optional practice problem sheet! The kids can do it to win points for the special lesson plan this upcoming class.

Homework Assigned:

None, enjoy winter break!

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

1/8/2023

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn the basics of abstract algebra
  • Model the card game SET with pure math and Python

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We will introduce/play the card game SET and explain our goals for the quarter. Then we begin brainstorming about numbers and algebraic axioms.

Handouts will be posted after the lesson.

Required Resources:

Dr. Gleizer emailed the class parents regarding purchasing a copy of the card game SET. Please ask your child to bring it to class this week.

Have your children bring a pencil and eraser. No computers or associated accessories should be brought.

Homework Due:

None.

Homework Assigned:

Complete Handout 1, which is attached below as a PDF. Please note that this is a brainstorming worksheet. So, there are no right and wrong answers.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

1/15/2023

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn the basics of abstract algebra
  • Model the card game SET with pure math and Python

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We dive deeper into the algebraic axioms of types of numbers on the real line.

We then cover examples of other objects which can be "added" together like numbers: symmetry groups.

Handouts will be posted after the lesson: Handout 1 was homework, Handout 2 and 3 were passed out in class.

Required Resources:

Have your children bring a pencil and eraser.

No computers or associated accessories should be brought.

The SET card game is not needed for this lesson.

Homework Due:

Handout 1, which is attached below as a PDF.

Homework Assigned:

Complete up to the second to last page of Handout 2, which is attached below as a PDF. Handout 3 is not due as homework.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

1/22/2023

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn the basics of abstract algebra
  • Model the card game SET with pure math and Python

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We now study objects that have nice notions of addition and multiplication: fields. The primary examples we focus on are the modular finite fields.

Handouts will be posted after the lesson.

Required Resources:

Have your children bring a pencil and eraser.

No computers or associated accessories should be brought.

The SET card game is not needed for this lesson.

Homework Due:

Handout 2, which is attached below as a PDF.

Homework Assigned:

Completing Handout 5, which is attached below (and was also passed out in class).

Note that Handout 4 is a reference sheet that was also passed out in class. This reference sheet may be very helpful for the kids to finish their homeworl.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

1/29/2023

Quarter Goals:

  • Learn the basics of abstract algebra
  • Model the card game SET with pure math and Python

Class Logistics:

We will meet from 4-6 pm at Math Sciences 6221

Class Plan:

We review the homework and finish our study of abstract fields.

We next study vector spaces, which are useful in mathematical modeling.

Handouts will be posted after the lesson.

Required Resources:

Have your children bring a pencil and eraser.

No computers or associated accessories should be brought.

The SET card game is not needed for this lesson.

Homework Due:

Completing Handout 5, which is attached below (and was also passed out in class).

Homework Assigned:

To be announced.

Contact Information:

Please reach out to the instructors Andy Shen at andyshen55@g.ucla.edu or Naji Sarsam at najisarsam@g.ucla.edu if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!