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The Waterloo Math Circles is a free weekly enrichment activity for grade 6 to 12 students organized by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo.


If you are already registered from the Fall 2016 session, there is no need to register for Winter 2017.

Math Circles Materials

Math Circles material, including presentation outlines and homework assignments, will be posted weekly.

Intended Audience

The meetings are accessible to interested students from grades 6 to 12. Students choose a room based on their grade level and/or mathematical ability. There are four levels to choose from: grade 6, grades 7 & 8, grades 9 & 10, grades 11 & 12. Students attend one Math Circle session each week.

Dates and Location

Math Circles will meet every Tuesday or Wednesday evening, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from February 7/8 to April 4/5, 2017. There will be no meetings on March 14/15, 2017 (March Break). Students attend the same evening for the entire session.

All room assignments are in buildings on the University of Waterloo's main campus.
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Winter meeting dates:
February 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 28/March 1, 7/8, 21/22, 28/29, and April 4/5, 2017. (No meeting the week of March Break.)

Room locations for the Winter meetings are as follows:

Junior (grade 6): DC 1302 (Tues/Wed)
Junior (grade 7/8): DC 1304 and MC 4064(Tues/Wed) - Please attend class in the same building as the fall session
Intermediate (grade 9-10): MC 1056 (Wed)
Senior (grade 11-12): MC 2038 (Wed)

For your convenience, safety and due to UW’s fire code policy we strongly advise that you use the ungated Q lot for Math Circle pick-up and drop-off. This lot is free with parking pass from 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm and also from 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm every Tuesday and Wednesday evening. The parking pass is supplied in the registration confirmation email.
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Structure of the Activity

The sessions are devoted to solving problems and to learning techniques that can be useful for mathematics competitions like those the CEMC is involved in. The sessions are coordinated by Alain Gamache from the Faculty of Mathematics, with the help of a variety of mathematicians from the University of Waterloo. In order to ensure an understanding of the material being presented, students are strongly encouraged to solve the homework problems. While Math Circles is open to all interested students, we would expect that the students attending come prepared to participate and work on the evening's tasks.

Bad Weather?

In the case of extreme weather conditions, please check here for an announcement regarding whether or not Math Circles has been cancelled for the evening.


For more information, please contact us.