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Pi Day at TCP

By Amanda Bertsch


Today was International Pi Day, and so of course Tri-City got in on the celebration. The day was a series of activities and contests hosted by the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta. While Pi Day is always March 14th (3/14, symbolizing the first three digits of pi), it usually falls over TCP’s Spring Break. However, this year the dates aligned and the school was able to celebrate on the correct day.

The irrational constant pi represents the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter; humans have been attempting to measure this relationship for at least 3,500 years. The Babylonians believed pi was about 3.125, while ancient Egyptians measured it at 3.16 and the Bible mentions the relationship as approximately 3. The ancient Greek Archimedes was the first to come close to the actual value, estimating it as somewhere between 3.1408 and 3.14285 (the actual value is 3.14159265…). Continue reading