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Happy Pi Day!
March 14, 2012 - Nikki Younk
Who doesn’t love math? Well, me, for one. I’m ok with the elementary stuff — addition, subtraction, multiplication, division — and slightly less ok with some of the higher stuff — algebra, geometry, and trig. I absolutely draw the line when I get to calculus. Curse you, Newton!
But why make math the enemy? Today is THE day for all of us non-math people to take another look at this confusing yet vital subject. Why, you ask? It’s Pi Day!
Pi is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximately 3.14. It is represented by the Greek letter pi. Since March 14 can be written as 3/14, it is the perfect day to celebrate pi. Get it? Good.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge of pi, it’s time to tackle other math concepts. How about using slope-intercept form to describe a linear equation? It’s y=mx+b. How about using soh-cah-toa to remember trig ratios? For sine, it’s opposite side over hypotenuse; for cosine, it’s adjacent side over hypotenuse; and for tangent, it’s opposite side over adjacent side. Fun!
On the other hand, you could just celebrate Pi Day by baking a pie. Hey, a pie IS a circle, right?
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