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 know as Moscow School Number 57.
Each problem set has 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 session, how to choose problems, and what sort 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 Circle , which is run in the Russian style.
Sergey Dorichenko, Moscow Schools 57 and 179, Moscow, Russia
and Kvant Magazine, Moscow,Russia.