Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pi Day

By: Logan Moore         
            Every year on March 14 comes a day we celebrate pi. According to math teacher Mrs. Riffe, pi is the ratio of circle’s circumference to its diameter. Most math teachers at the school all have different Pi Day traditions. Mrs. Lough says, “Whether it be food, our decorations, our clothing, or games, there is a good chance you will see something about pi.” Mrs. Lough is celebrating Pi Day on March 15, since Fridays are more fun.
There is no real point to this celebration, other than to have some fun and look more into what pi is and how it’s used, and since there isn’t much else to say about Pi Day other than to wait for it to come, here are some fun and interesting facts about pi.
1.      Pi Day is actually a nation celebrations passed by Congress on March 9, 2009.

2.      Pi Day falls on March 14th, or 3/14. Pi is usually shortened to 3.14.

3.      Pi has been calculated to over a trillion numbers after the decimal point and it still doesn’t stop there.

4.      The symbol for pi is the 26th letter in the Greek alphabet.

5.      Pi has been studied by humans for over 4,000 years.

6.      Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day.

7.      The Bible makes a reference to pi in 1 Kings 7:23 and suggests it is nearly equal to 3.

8.      Since pi is used to calculate the circumference of a circle and is infinite, some mathematicians say it is no more correct to say a circle has an infinite number of corners than to view it as cornerless.

9.      A German mathematician, Ludolph van Ceulen, devoted his entire life to finding the first 35 decimal places of pi.

10.  If you were to print a billion decimal places of pi in normal font, it would stretch fro New York City to Kansas.

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