It's Pi Day!! In case you don't know, March 14 is the day we celebrate the mathematical constant Ï€. Why March 14th? Well, look at the date: 3/14. Since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of pi, it's the perfect day!
In honor of this day, we have several links to help you celebrate:
- Education World created an entire lesson planning article for Pi Day with activities by grade.
- Exploratorium has some great activities and links for kids.
- Listen to the sound of Pi as a violin solo. This piece is based on the numbers of Pi to 220 decimal places. The composer explains how he did it throughout the video.
- Try your hand at this Salted Caramel Apple Pie recipe that is one of my favorites. Pie on Pi Day is much better than cake!
Finally, several folks from Thinkwell are participating in a great fundraiser/world record attempt: Pie Hard. Pie Hard is attempting to break the world record for most pies thrown in a pie fight. All proceeds go to the Sustainable Food Center of Austin and all pie leftovers are going to slop for Green Gate Farms. We won the world record with 1270 pies thrown! Here's some of the fun:
Of course, we can't forget our Calculus lecture on The Music of Math. Professor Edward Burger discusses how he converted Pi to music and gives you a sample of the music he was able to create. If you haven't seen this video before, I highly recommend it. The floating Ed Burger head during the music is definitely worth the download alone.