Welcome to Chattanooga Area Math Circle!

What is the Chattanooga Area Math Circle?

Problem solving is generally accepted as the centerpiece in the learning process of mathematics. Strong problem solving skills have considerable effect in transforming a mathematics enthusiast into an exceptional researcher. Following the traditions of Russian and Eastern European math circles, the Chattanooga Area Math Circle (CAMC) is a creative enrichment program geared toward talented middle and high school students. Its objectives are:

  • to provide a stimulating environment that encourages further involvement from students already interested in mathematics;

  • to bring mathematics to a wider audience;

  • to develop the mathematical background of students; and

  • to guide students towards promising careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The CAMC includes the following major components:

  • a series of mathematically intensive, expository seminars on a variety of pure and applied mathematics topics designed to challenge top Chattanooga students;

  • special guest lectures that show students some of the ways mathematicians approach problems;

  • collaborative problem solving activities that focus on complex problems and advanced problem solving techniques; and

  • workshops on American Mathematics Competitions (AMC).

The CAMC focuses on topics outside of what is typically covered in a middle and high school setting but accessible to the mathematically inclined students. These are as varied as Euclidean geometry, elementary number theory, fractals, combinatorics, graph theory, probability theory, game theory and logic. Under the guidance and instruction of mathematics faculty and supported by graduate and undergraduate students in the field, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore a variety of effective problem solving strategies. Students can expect to be supported in an environment with events and activities that help them learn quickly and push outside their comfort zone, to grow their skills and gain valuable insights into various mathematical problems, and to have a lot of fun learning wonderful mathematics. To learn more about math circles, please visit the National Association of Math Circles’s Wiki.


CAMC People

The CAMC instructors are faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students from The University of Tennessee at Chattanoooga (UTC) and Lee University:

  • Dr. Andrew Ledoan, UTC

  • Dr. Debra Mimbs, Lee

  • Dr. Roger Nichols, UTC

We are currently recruiting:

  • Graduate Students (2 openings)

  • Undergraduate Students (1 opening) 

If you wish to learn about opportunities at CAMC, please send your request to Andrew-Ledoan@utc.edu.


Fall 2016 Schedule

The format of the CAMC is that of one and a half hours meeting, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, occurring twice a month. The CAMC will meet at a centralized location (UTC Library) starting on Thursday, September 15 and continuing until Thursday, December 8.






Expository seminar

Roger Nichols


Oh the Places You Will Go: Becoming Well-Euled Mathematicians

Debra Mimbs & Laura Singletary


Expository seminar

Andrew Ledoan


Special guest lecture

Guest Speaker


Special guest lecture

Guest Speaker


Special guest lecture

Guest Speaker


Review session for AMC 10/12 B

To be announced


Upcoming Mathematics Competitions

The AMC is a series of national mathematical competitions of increasing difficulty organized annually by the Mathematical Association of America. Participants are middle school and high school students. According to the AMC, the competitions are intended for everyone from the average student at a typical school who enjoys mathematics to the very best student at the most special school. The AMC starts with the AMC 8 and AMC 10/12, continues with the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) for students who qualify, and finishes with the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). The top participants in the USAMO are invited to take part in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP), where a US team for the International Olympiad is selected.

The dates for the upcoming AMC contests are:

  • AMC 8 — Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • AMC 10/12 A — Tuesday, February 7, 2017

  • AMC 10/12 B — Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Typically, students take the AMC 10/12 B at their schools. However, if your school is not offering the test you can now take it at UTC. For banks of previous AMC questions, visit the Art of Problem Solving’s AoPSolving Wiki website.



  • 25 multiple choice questions in 40 minutes

  • AMC 8 is for grades 6, 7 and 8


AMC 10/12

  • 25 multiple choice questions in 75 minutes

  • AMC 10 is for grades 9 and 10 (top 2.5% nationally qualify for the AIME)

  • AMC 12 if for grades 11 and 12 (op 5% nationally qualify for the AIME)



  • 10,000 students are invited (March)

  • 15 questions in 3 hours, each answer is an integer number 0-999



  • 500 students are invited (April)

  • 6 essay/proof questions in 2 days (9 hours)

  • 12 students are invited to the award ceremony in Washington, DC



  • 50 students are invited: IMO team (6 students), 2 alternates, 17 younger top students, 25 top

  • 3 to 4 weeks (intensive)



  • 6 students represent the USA

  • 6 essay/proof questions in 2 days (9 hours)