Advanced Summer Program for students age 11-14
who show high promise and love mathematics

A MathPath Day, 2016


Days at MathPath differ a bit from year to year – but rarely by more than 10-15 minutes – to fit in with the schedule of the host institution and distances between buildings. Typically a day begins with wake-up between 7-7:30 am and ends with bedtime around 10 pm. Do not apply to MathPath if you can't go to bed by 10 pm. Lights are out around that time. Academic activities take place Tuesday through Saturday.

Below is the initial schedule for 2016 on Tuesday-Friday, and then on Saturday. We may tweak it during the first week.

6:00-7:30 Optional Activities for early risers, supervised by staff: Working on the Problem of the (previous) Day, thinking about other problems from yesterday or your original ideas, jogging around the campus, playing chess or table tennis, etc.

7:15 am: Last wake-up call

7:30–7:40 am: Walk to breakfast in counselor groups. Both the dining hall and the Davis Lecture Hall are in the Campus Center. We deposit all personal items in the Lecture Hall downstairs; then go back up to the cafeteria on the main floor.

7:40–8:20 am: Breakfast

8:25 am: Walk back downstairs to the Lecture Hall

8:30–9:20 am: First Plenary Session (class for the whole camp). History of mathematics. For a listing of all the 2016 plenaries at all the different hours, click here.

9:30–10:35 am: Morning Breakout Sessions – Several (usually 6) weeklong classes run simultaneously on various topics (5 days, 65 minutes each day). Students get to rank their choices and usually get their first or second choice. For information on all the breakouts in 2016, both morning and afternoon, start by clicking here. Most breakouts will be held in Old Main, an easy walk from the Campus Center.

10:45–11:45 am: Second Plenary Session back in Davis Lecture Hall. This is the main presentation of the day, often by a distinguished visiting speaker. This year we are highlighting our own distinguished staff, with occasional talks by other mathematicians in the area. All sorts of interesting mathematical topics are covered.

11:45: Morning announcements.

11:55 am: Problem of the Day. Presentation of the new problem of the day.

12:00: Lunch.

12:45–2:25: Afternoon Free Time.  Work on problems, play board games, play sports, etc. For more about how free time can be spent, see our MathPath Recreation Philosophy.

2:30: Walk in counselor groups to the lecture hall. 

2:40–3:10 pm: Writing in mathematics. Discussion of the Qualifying Test problem solutions, as a vehicle to talk about mathematical proof and good communication style.

3:20–4:40 pm: Afternoon Breakout sessions. A second, independent set of weeklong classes (4 days, 80 minutes each day).

4:50 pm: Problem of the Day. Back in the lecture hall for student solutions to yesterday's problem of the day, including a prize for a best solution.


5:00 pm: Wrap up  – announcements.

5:15–6:00: Dinner


Evenings are planned around the athletic and social needs of the students, followed by time for mathematics.


6:15–8:00 pm: Evening Free Time. Again see our Recreation Philosophy.

8:15 – 9:15 pm: Math Conferencing Time. Faculty for the week's breakouts, as well as counselors who assisted in the breakouts, make themselves available in the public rooms of the dorm and students can visit them to work on homework or the Problem of the Day, or ask general questions about their courses, or just talk math with staff or with each other. Students may also work on math in their rooms. No non-math activities may go on anywhere where there is Math Conferencing.

? – 9:15 pm: Transition time. Some students will finish conferencing and doing their homework early. They may use the extra time until 9:15 as free time, where they transition towards winding down. Some may play with friends, some may start getting ready early for bed. Counselors prepare for the coming dorm meetings. Under no circumstances may students be noisy or disrupt those who are still conferencing.

9:15 – 9:30 pm: Dorm meetings with counselors

9:30 pm: Campers preparing for bed.

9:45 – 9:50 pm: Parental phone call.

10:00 pm: Lights out; quiet!

Saturdays follow the same morning schedule, but the afternoon is replaced by a show-and-tell back in the lecture hall around 1pm about the breakout selections for the coming week, followed by students submitting their choices, followed by some sort of games or contests, usually mathematical, organized by the counselors or the other staff.

These Saturday afternoon activities are a regular part of the MathPath program and students will not be excused from them to go off campus with parents or family friends.

Weekends – which will be Sunday and Monday – Trips to the various attractions in the area as well as nature trips, hiking, cycling, water sports, and the like. On Sundays there tend to be multiple trips, all optional, for which students sign up. Mondays tend to be all-camp trips.


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