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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.


Registration is now closed. All available spaces for the 2017-2018 Math Circles are filled.

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 groups meet weekly in the evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The grade 6 Math Circles will meet Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. The grade 7/8 Math Circles will meet Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Math Circles 9/10 and 11/12 will meet Wednesday evenings. Registration is for the entire year. Students attend the same evening for the entire session.

Fall 2017 meeting dates:

October 10/11/12
October 17/18/19
October 24/25/26
Oct 31/Nov 1/2
November 7/8/9
November 14/15/16
November 21/22/23
November 28/29/30

Winter 2018 meeting dates:

February 6/7/8
February 13/14/15
February 20/21/22
February 27/28 March 1
March 6/7/8
(no meeting March 13/14/15 due to March Break)
March 20/21/22
March 27/28/29
April 3/4/5

Room assignments for Fall session:

Tuesdays, Grade 6: DC 1302
Tuesdays, Grade 7/8: DC 1304
Wednesdays, Grade 6: DC 1302
Wednesdays, Grade 7/8: DC 1304
Wednesdays, Grade 9/10: MC 2054
Wednesdays, Grade 11/12: MC 2017
Thursdays, Grade 7/8: (new this year: we are offering Grade 7/8 math circles on an extra night!)
Section 1 is in DC 1304, Section 2 is in DC 1302

All room assignments are in buildings on the University of Waterloo's main campus.
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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, Wednesday and Thursday 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 Jen Nelson 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.