Five Great Ways to Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14

Pi Day Pies

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March 14 (3/14), is only a few days away, which means it’s time to celebrate pi, everybody’s favorite irrational mathematical number (the 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday). Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it’s an irrational number, so it can’t be expressed as a simple fraction of two integers. 3.14 is just the beginning of pi, which goes on for infinity.

This STEM-themed holiday is an ideal time to plan some Pi-filled activities for your classroom or for children at home. Here are our five great tips to celebrate math on Pi Day.

  1. Prove Pi exists by measuring the circumference and diameter of circular objects around the classroom or house and solving for the equation: circumference = (pi) x (diameter).
  2. See how many digits of the number Pi you can recite. A Japanese man in 2005 memorized pi to 83,431 digits.
  3. Write a Pi-ku, a math version of the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic haiku. A Pi-ku of course, follows a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern.
  4. For example:
    Math is fun
    When
    Mixed with some pie

  5. Bake a Pi-themed pie. Whether savory or sweet, eating deliciously circular pies is a highlight of every Pi day.
  6. Impress your friends by learning the song, “Mathematical Pi,” set to the tune of “American Pie”; or sing Pi Day carols.

Margaret Yau is a student at the University of California, San Diego, and an intern in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach

4 Comments

  1. My 10 year old grandson has memorized the first 190 numbers of PI..how can I find out if that is a record. Of course, he had a financial incentive from disbelieving grandpa who offered $1 a number.

  2. I AnD PIE
    .
    Sir
    i have found a lots trig formula to finding the aproximat value of pi.

    eg.

    pi=(180^m/m)*Sin(m/180^(m-1))

    Pi=(180^m/m)*Tan(m/180^(m-1))

    pi=(180^m)*Sin(1/180^(m-1))
    pi=(180^m)*tan(1/180^(m-1)

    pi =[2*180^m*Sin(1/180^(m-1))]/[1 Cos(1/180^(m-1))]

    pi=180^m/root[1/4 1/tan^2(1/180^(m-1))]

    and i can crEate almostly 3.1415926535898 Formule for pi. .:-D.happy pi day .

    1.where all angel are in degree
    2. the value of pi by all above these formula
    is exact to 4(m) place after decimale.
    3. m is a integer . !

    Does they important for you to celibrating the pi day or not ?.;-)

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