MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE CIRCLE (Grades 6-8)
WEDNESDAY | 2:40-4:10pm
Location: Room 214, second floor Computer Lab
Instructor: Ilya Bronshtein, Gentle Knowledge (www.gentleknowledge.com)
Class description: Enter the world of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers, a world of research, discovery, and experimentation, which will take you beyond the limits of what you thought you could do. We’ll explore math and computer science ideas that are beyond the school curriculum through non-standard math problems and programming projects. You will collaborate with your peers to crack challenges, make conjectures, and pose original questions, which you might be the first to answer. Along the way, you will learn new problem solving techniques covering a range of mathematical topics such as coloring and parity, divisibility and modular arithmetic, basic graph theory, invariants, pigeon hole principle, number theory, and combinatorics. Whether you decide to compete in math olympiads one day or simply want to prepare for advanced science and math classes later in your academic career, the topics and problems in the class will help prepare you. You will also use your newly acquired programming and math skills to model physical processes (such as celestial mechanics), to explore new mathematical ideas that lend themselves to computational simulation (such as random walks and other probabilistic processes), and to create algorithmic art. The class will be led by a Gentle Knowledge (www.gentleknowledge.com) instructor in a friendly, non-stressful, but intellectually challenging environment. There are no prerequisites beyond a desire to engage in a serious, yet fun, brain workout.
This class is limited to 12 students.