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Pi Day 2012

Every year at SJS we celebrate a mathemagical number- (pi). On Friday, March 16th, you will have the opportunity to compete in a competition to win a real pie (yum) if you can recite the digits of pi. To help you, here are the first few hundred digits of Pi: 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 You should work on memorizing them now so that you can beat your classmates when competition day comes. In addition to having a recite digits of pi competition, we will have a whole week of fun leading up to the competition. Each day theres a challenge to complete. If you complete it successfully, you can win a cinnamon roll from DeLacy-sensei. You may start thinking now about which challenges you want to do. You can do one or all of them. Monday March 12th: Complete the Pi day Scavenger Hunt Questions and bring your answers to DeLacysensei to earn a cinnamon roll. Tuesday March 13th AND Wednesday March 14th: Design a mathscot (mascot) creature that will represent mathematics at SJS. Draw this creature neatly on a large piece of paper or a poster, color it beautifully, and label it clearly. If you create a nice mathscot for me, I will give you a cinnamon roll and hang your mathscot up on my wall. People can vote for their favorite Mathscot throughout the rest of the week and the winner will get a pi on Friday.  Dont forget to venture into Shikoku once all the mathscot posters are hung up to vote on your favorite one. Thursday March 15th AND Friday March 16th: Making an illustration of the following poem by Nobel prize winning poet Wis awa Szymborska: The caravan of digits that is pi does not stop at the edge of the page, but runs off the table and into the air, over the wall, a leaf, a bird's nest, the clouds, straight into the sky, through all the bloatedness and bottomlessness. Oh how short, all but mouse-like is the comet's tail! OR you may write your own Pi day poem. It must reflect creativity and effort. I will NOT award a cinnamon role to someone who writes a poem like this: Oh pie, how I love you, 3.14159. Thats not a creative or interesting poem. Friday March 16th: This is the day we will hold the digits of pi competition. Make sure you have as many digits of pi memorized as possible. If you beat your classmates in the competition you get a pie!

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Pi Day Scavenger Hunt Questions


1.) Mathematically, how do we find pi from parts of a circle?

2.) Which country or civilization first discovered pi?

3.) To how many digits did Archemides calculate Pi?

4.) Who gave Pi its name and letter? When did this occur?

5.) Who has recited the most digits of pi according to the Guinness world records? How many digits was it? How long did it take this person to recite this many digits?

6.) When did they calculate pi out to a million digits?

7.) To how many digits has pi been calculated? Who did it? How long did it take them to do it?