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Welcome to NS Math Circles!

Nova Scotia Math Circles is dedicated to enriching the experiences of Nova Scotia students in all areas of mathematics.

Our program vision is to foster enthusiasm for math through interactive, creative, and meaningful presentations.

We offer monthly events at Dalhousie for senior high and advanced junior high students, and visit schools all across the province for free.

Update 2022-02-25: School visitor restrictions lift on March 21, 2022. We are happy to schedule in-person visits from this date! We are still able to do virtual visits to schools outside the HRM; see our virtual classroom visits section.

Monthly Events: To see our event schedule and sign up for an event, check out our current events. Our previous monthly events are listed HERE.

May 25 (This event is Online Only)
Speaker: Fred Gluck

Topic: Buried treasure or hoax? You decide!

Abstract: A little more than 200 years ago, a man named Thomas Jefferson Beale left Virginia to seek his fortune out west. Sometime later he returned and left information in a box with an innkeeper. Years later, when the box was opened, three documents with numbers that appeared to be encryptions were found. Eventually someone decoded one of the codes, which proclaimed that thousands of pounds of gold, silver, and precious gems, are buried somewhere in Virginia. The decoded note stated that directions to the buried treasure are contained in one of the other notes. However, despite the many attempts to decode both of the other documents, no one has succeeded. Some think it’s all an elaborate hoax. Some are certain the treasure exists. Come to this session to hear more of the details of the story, examine the codes, and decide for yourself. Will you dismiss it all as a hoax, or are you ready to pick up your shovel and start digging?

The foundation of encryption is all about prime numbers and divisibility. This session will explore some simple methods for determining divisibility — some tips, tricks, and techniques. Many of the techniques can be done easily mentally. For others, paper and pencil help. So bring those simple supplies. No need for calculators! The arithmetic will not be taxing. Besides, you probably can use the mental math practice, right?


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Thank you Eastlink for renewing your Half-Million Dollar Donation!!!

On June 17th, 2014 we announced a partnership with Eastlink. They donated $500,000 to NS Math Circles for the program to further expand its outreach into junior high schools and begin outreach in the elementary schools. In the spring of 2019, Eastlink renewed its $500,000 donation for a further five years, allowing us to continue our outreach, improve our program, and widen our scope. Thank You to Lee Bragg and Eastlink for these generous donations!

Photo Credit: Danny Abriel

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