Thursday, March 12, 2015

Getting a slice of the Pi

Math student tutor Katelyn Bradford displays an appropriate Pi Day item

The Chillicothe Campus got into the spirit of an endeavor that really adds up a little early this week.

For mathematicians, this Saturday is bigger than New Year’s Day, Groundhog’s Day and Bastille Day combined. As anyone who is worth his weight in calculators knows, March 14 is celebrated worldwide as “Pi Day.”

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. But, for commemorative purposes, the first digits beyond the decimal are 3.141592653. So, as OU-C Math Center Coordinator Dennis Ray explains, the “ultimate Pi Day” moment will occur at 9:26:53 on 3.14.15.

In commemoration of the upcoming event, the Student Success Center in the Stevenson Center library has been hosting a weeklong mathematics extravaganza to commemorate this unique occurrence. Pi to the 1,000 decimal point has been calculated and printed out across the entire four walls of the math tutoring center.

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