Next Meeting:



Speaker: Mark Meyer

Title: Optimal strategy for cutting a circle (or slicing a pizza)

Date: 04/14/2024

Location: Jabara Hall Room 372, WSU main campus

Abstract: We will investigate the following problem: How can we cut a circle into a lot of pieces by making very few cuts? An analogous problem is: If we had 10 people in a room and were only allowed to make 3 cuts through a pizza, could we get a piece for everybody? What if we make 4 cuts or more?


WSU Math Circle Spring 2024 Schedule:

  • 2/11/24 - Dr. Robert Fraser; "Infinite Sums"
  • 2/18/24 - Dr. Mai Dao; "Cracking Longitude at Sea"
  • 2/25/24 - Ashley Thompson; "Careers in Math: My Experience as a Stress Engineering Intern"
  • 3/3/24 - Dr. Xiaolong Li; "Magic with Math"
  • 3/24/24 - Dr. Tianshi Lu; "Math on the Chessboard"
  • 4/7/24 - Dr. Nick Solomey; "The Mathematical Postulates Behind Modern Physics"
  • 4/14/24 - Mark Meyer; "Optimal strategy for cutting a circle (or slicing a pizza)"
  • 4/21/24 - Jamie Swan
  • 4/28/24 -Dr. Holger Meyer

Meeting times

Math Circle meets on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Wichita State Main Campus, in Jabara Hall, Room 372. You should park in Lots 13 and 15.


About WSU Math Circles

Join us to explore math through hands-on and interactive activities led by university professors.

The Wichita State University Math Circle exists to keep young people interested in mathematics and let them explore and enjoy new topics. Math Circles (WSU Math Circles on Facebook) bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students – currently 5th through 8th graders. Students and parents meet with math professionals in an informal and supervised setting to work on interesting problems and topics in mathematics. The goal is to get students excited and passionate about mathematics.


About Math Circles

Math Circles for students brings K-12 students together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. Math Circles combine significant content with settings that encourage a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem-solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with a minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics. (Math Circle on Facebook)



Past Activities


Special Event:

"e-day” celebration & children’s math library open house (see Flyer)

with an e-Talk given by Dr. Stephen Brady


For: students of all ages, parents, and teachers.

Time: Wednesday, Feb 7th, 4-5 pm 

Location: WSU Main Campus, Jabara Hall Room 353 

Menu: Swiss chocolate, hot chocolate, pastries, and more than 100 math books for children.


Fall 2023 schedule

  • 9/10/23 - Dr. Thalia Jeffres
  • 9/17/23 - Dr. Fujian Yan
  • 9/24/23 - Mark Meyer
  • 10/1/23 - Dr. Mai Dao 
  • 10/8/23 - Dr. Buma Fridman
  • 10/22/23 - Dr. Nickolas Solomey
  • 10/29/23 - Jamie Swan
  • 11/5/23 - Dr. Daniel Grady
  • 11/12/23 - Dr. Catherine Searle
  • 11/19/23 - Elton Bowman

Partially supported by the National Science Foundation. Organizers: Tinka Davis, William Ingle, Rachel Heckman, and Xiaolong Li

Math Circle promotes mathematical literacy, curiosity in youth

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K-12 students get a taste of nitrogen in their ice cream

Professor Elizabeth Berman conducts an experiment with studentsMia Hennen, The Sunflower
Professor Elizabeth Behrman demonstrates what happens when you pour liquid nitrogen on a balloon to K-12 students involved in Math Circle. Math Circle was a group that met up on Sundays to help instill the love of math and math-related subjects in younger generations. Read the story »