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Student Classes

New York Math Circle’s goal is to constantly challenge your mind. You’ll get to solve unusual problems and invent your own, apply existing knowledge in new situations, learn famous gems of mathematics, and explore the unknown. The Math Circle will open your eyes and increase your sensitivity to all the mathematics around us. Our main requirement is that you have an open mind and a willingness to work.

NYMC is not a tutoring or test preparation program. Classes focus on material you won’t encounter in the regular curriculum. We’ll help you develop reasoning and problem solving skills, and along the way will help you enjoy, appreciate, and expand your knowledge of mathematics.

To subscribe to announcements about student classes, see our contact page.

Spring 2018   top

We generally recommend that new students start in level Middle School A for those below 9th grade, and High School A for those in 9th grade and above. Check out sample problems listed under every level to decide if you are ready for it. If still in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance.

Once you start the program, we expect you to come for the full semester.

Any course for which fewer than 10 students register may have to be cancelled.


Middle School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays January 27, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
QC: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map)
TANDON: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 312 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 312 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.
MSA+ Amy Lee Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm TANDON TBA Register
Location: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
MSA Amy Lee Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm TANDON TBA Register
Location: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
MSA Anna Kudlash Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm QC TBA Register
Location: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.

MS A is appropriate for students who are new to problem-solving. In addition to having a strong interest in learning mathematics above and beyond the school curriculum, they should be well-versed in arithmetic, including order of operations, fractions, decimals, and percents. They should be able to solve the following: problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Middle School B

When: Saturdays and Sundays January 27, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
QC: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSB+ Jan Siwanowicz Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 512 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.
MSB Jan Siwanowicz Sundays 10:00am - 12:00pm NYU 202 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
MSB+ Patricia Yee Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm NYU 512 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
MSB Anna Kudlash Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm QC TBA Register
Location: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.

MS B is appropriate for students who have strong arithmetic skills and have some basic experience with algebra. They should have the equivalent of 2-4 semesters of MS A. They should be able to solve the following: problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Middle School C

When: Saturdays and Sundays January 27, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSC Eliza Kuberska Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.
MSC+ David Gomprecht Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 317 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.

MS C is appropriate for students who have strong arithmetic skills and considerable experience with algebra including some exposure to Algebra 1. They should have the equivalent of 2-4 semesters of MS B. They should be able to solve the following: problems.


High School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays, January 27, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSA+ Pei-Hsin Lin Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 201 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.
HSA Aziz Jumash Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 201 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
HSA Barry Weng Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm NYU 201 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.

HS A is appropriate for younger high school students who may be new to problem-solving. They should be comfortable with regular high school material, including at least Algebra 1. They should be able to solve the following: problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School B

When: Saturdays and Sundays, January 27, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSB Jan Siwanowicz Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/5, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15,4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.
HSB+ Misha Shklyar Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.

HS B Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of two years of high school, and have a solid understanding of algebra, geometry, and elementary number theory. Experience with problem solving, such as prior NYMC or math team participation, is desirable but not required. They should be able to solve most of the following: problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School C

When: Saturdays January 27, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSC David Gomprecht Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 317 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.

HS C Students are expected to have taken pre-calculus and to have deeper knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as experience with mathematical problem solving. Problems will require sustained effort, and writing proofs will play an important role. Students are expected to be able to solve most of the following: problems.


College Bridge

When: Saturdays January 27, 2018 to May 19, 2018
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
College Bridge Jan Siwanowicz and Professor Pogudin Saturdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm NYU 312 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/4, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14,4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19.

College Bridge is a new course designed to challenge our most advanced students who plan to take advanced mathematics classes in college. Emphasis will be on proof-writing and examination of underlying structures in mathematics.

Jan Siwanowicz will teach "Bases in Mathematical Spaces", looking at how bases occur naturally in different mathematical contexts. Some knowledge of Linear Algebra would be beneficial.

Professor Pogudin from NYU will talk about approximating and representing real-world data with polynomials using, for example, interpolation at cleverly chosen nodes or splines. Students should have a working knowledge of Python.

Students will be required to take a placement test and to provide a reference from a teacher or NYMC instructor to complete registration. Students already taking other classes may take this class as well if they meet the admission standards.

Past Courses

We had our first full course for students in Spring 2008. You can see the listing of past courses here.

Registration Policy for Weekend Courses

When registering online for weekend courses, we expect you to make a payment of at least a 20% non-refundable deposit upon registration to reserve your spot (we do encourage you to pay the full registration fee, though). The balance is due two weeks before the class starts. If we don't receive your full payment in time, we may cancel your registration and give your spot to another student.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. We'll refund the fee except the 20% non-refundable deposit if you cancel at least 2 weeks before classes start.
  2. We'll refund 50% if you cancel afterwards but before the 3rd class. No refunds are possible after the 3rd class.
  3. If on the first day of classes you find that the level isn't right for you, please speak with the instructor about a more appropriate level, and email . We will do what we can to place you in the right class. But if we aren't successful, we'll refund your registration fee, less the non-refundable deposit.

If you find you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible out of consideration for students who may be waiting for a spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there other tuition besides the registration fee?

    No. The registration fee is our tuition. There is no other cost.

  2. My child is struggling in math. Will NYMC help him or her?

    Probably not. Our program assumes that participants are already comfortable with regular school material, and introduces a lot of additional interesting topics and problems. It is for children who like math, and would like to deepen their understanding through exposure to new topics and greater challenges.

  3. I attended NYMC last year. Is it going to be the same material this year?

    No. Our instructors provide a rich variety of material that varies each semester. We generally assume that students attend the same circle for two semesters before moving on to the next level, and occasionally a student enjoys one level so much that she or he will stay several semesters in a row. All our courses vary the material offered each year. Important topics and concepts may be repeated and reinforced, but there are always plenty of new topics and problems to keep everyone engaged and challenged.

  4. Are parents allowed to observe the classes?

    We generally ask parents to refrain from sitting in with their children. Students participate better without their parents in the room, and they take more mathematical risks, which is important.

    We do recognize that there are situations where it makes sense for a parent to be present, and special occasions (like the first and last days of class) where it’s exciting for parents to sit in. In these cases, parents may observe the class on the following conditions: there is enough space in the classroom; they have the permission of their child; and they observe quietly from the back row. In all cases, the teacher has the final word, and may ask parents to wait outside. Please respect the teacher's requests.

  5. It is hard for my family to afford the registration fee. What can I do?

    We are committed to making our courses available to everyone. If your family is experiencing financial hardship, you may request a fee reduction. The difference would come from contributions from private individuals who value and support our work.

    To request a fee reduction, register for the course you are interested in. After submitting the registration form, there is a link to the Fee Reduction Form, where we ask for basic information about your family's financial situation. Once you submit that form, we will consider your situation, and get back to you soon with further information.

    If a student wants to learn mathematics at NYMC, but money stands in the way, do not hesitate to apply.

  6. This program is wonderful. How can I support it?

    Private contributions are vital to us, and we would be extremely grateful for a monetary donation. Donations to NYMC are tax-deductible. You can make them here.

    There are also some limited volunteer opportunities available, but mainly involving special skills and non-trivial commitment. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at info@nymathcircle.org, and describe your interests and skills. We'd love to hear from you!

    Another great help would be if you can help us spread the word about NYMC. Tell your friends, write about us on your blog, or become our fan on facebook.