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The East Texas Math Teachers’ Circle will meet one Tuesday evening per month during the fall and spring semesters. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m., and problem-solving sessions will follow until 8 p.m. Meetings will be located in the Cole STEM Building, Room 401, unless otherwise indicated.

Please RSVP online to let us know you plan to attend!

For more information, please contact Dr. Jane Long at or 936.468.1804.

2019-2020 schedule

Sept. 3: "Pizza Cutting and Counting"

Led by: Dr. Nicholas Long

Since pizza encompasses many different food groups and has divided the world (Neapolitan, Milanese, Chicago-style, New York-style, etc.), we will investigate the many ways to cut and count pizza slices. This investigation is more difficult than you may imagine because some people must have crust and others leave the crust behind. Our investigation will involve practical applications with pizza to motivate and fuel us.

Oct. 8: "Was that Random?"

Led by: Dr. Keith Hubbard

Are the digits of Pi random? How could you tell if something was random anyway? And if a secret message wasn’t random, how could you know? We will have some fun talking about randomness.

Nov. 5: "Catenaries and Canaries"

Led by: Dr. Jonathan Mitchell

Come explore the catenary with us. Is it a parabola? A hyperbola? We will take a hands-on look at a shape that finds its way into our every-day lives, such as ropes, archways, cables, and even telephone wires. Oh, and what does this have to do with canaries? Let’s find out.

Dec. 3

Led by: Dr. Jeremy Becnel

Jan. 21

Led by: Dr. Matthew Beauregard

Feb. 18

Led by: Dr. Tom Judson

March 17

Led by: Dr. Clint Richardson

April 14

Led by: Dr. Brittney Falahola

May 19: "Building Boxes"

Led by: Dr. Jane Long

Following the restrictions of a famous puzzle, we’ll build a really big cube out of somewhat smaller ones. No prior knowledge is required for this activity.


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Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6070

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