Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. 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 — which is approximately 3.14159.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
Benedictine’s Math Department will have two contests:
- A memorization contest of the digits of pi
- A Pie Baking Contest where participants bring a homemade baked pie ~ Get Creative! Faculty and staff will judge the pies to determine a winner. Slices will be on sale at lunch for all.
Winners of both contests will win a Chipotle gift card and a math themed t-shirt.
So, get your Pi on and support our Math Department!