# A Moscow Math Circle: Week-by-week Problem Sets

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*Sergey Dorichenko*

A co-publication of the AMS and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Moscow has a rich tradition of successful math circles, to the extent
that many other circles are modeled on them. This book presents
materials used during the course of one year in a math circle
organized by mathematics faculty at Moscow State University, and also
used at the mathematics magnet school known as Moscow School Number
57.

Each problem set has a similar structure: it combines review
material with a new topic, offering problems in a range of difficulty
levels. This time-tested pattern has proved its effectiveness in
engaging all students and helping them master new material while
building on earlier knowledge.

The introduction describes in detail how the math circles at Moscow
State University are run. Dorichenko describes how the early sessions
differ from later sessions, how to choose problems, and what sorts of
difficulties may arise when running a circle. The book also includes
a selection of problems used in the competition known as the
Mathematical Maze, a mathematical story based on actual lessons with
students, and an addendum on the San Jose Mathematical
Circle, which is run in the Russian style.

In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of
mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI
and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as
a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession.

Titles in this series are co-published with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).

#### Readership

Undergraduate students interested in math circles, clever math problems, and high school education.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

[T]his is an excellent resource for those interested in math circles, including students and parents . . . For those interested in starting and running a math circle, I think it is an invaluable resource.

-- Vicentiu D. Radulescu, Zentralblatt MATH