Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

For the love of Pi

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While a group of J.A. Phillips Middle School students calculated their hat sizes Friday, a pan of ooey gooey chocolatey goodness teased their taste buds from a nearby desk.

Because once their calculations were complete, the group of seven Expanding Horizons students could celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with chocolate and mini apple pies.

Under the tutilage of Claire Fussell, students spent the week studying the infinite uses of 3.14 in computing the area and circumference of circles.

In one exercise, students measured the circumference of their heads to calculate their hat sizes.

Physicist Larry Shaw is credited with organizing Pi Day at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988. A year later, the House of Representatives supported the designation of the nerdy holiday.

Mathematicians have carried the extension of Pi to more than a zillion places, but have not found a stopping point. Next year's celebration will be bigger as the date carries two more places on 3-14-15.

 

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