Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day...Yummy!

Written by: Will Nichols 

On March 14th, rapidly stuff your face with a creamy, mouthwatering coconut cream pie or a classic jaw dropping apple pie, homemade to get such a sensation of an everlasting taste. After all this time of working hard, March 14th seems like the perfect day to treat yourself to some pie.

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My apologies, wrong pie! March 14th is the day you’ll be able to stuff your face with the cheese and juicy pizza pie from the pizza places of your choice for an unforgettable meal only for only $8.99, or you can make it homemade, or get it straight up from Italy. I suggest some Sicilian pizza.

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No no no Will, that’s the wrong pie as well. It’s not Pie, It’s Pi. Huh? You know 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510? Remember Pi Day in 5th grade? Whoever recited the most digits of Pi won prizes, like two AMC tickets. Oh, yeah! Now that you enjoyed my cheesiness I am going to press onward. Pi or π is used for a radius or diameter as well as determining the circumference. The ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius. Pi is a constant number which means for all circles, Pi will be the same. The mathematician Archimedes used polygons with many sides to approximate circles and determined that Pi was approximately 22/7. The symbol (Greek letter “π”) was first used in 1706 by William Jones. A ‘p’ was chosen for perimeter of circles, and the use of π became popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737. In recent years, Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits past its decimal. Only 39 digits past the decimal are needed to accurately calculate the spherical volume of our entire universe, but because of Pi’s infinite & patternless nature, it’s a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”(Pi-day.org/Wikipedia) Pi is also used as a volume of a cylinder, however if you're not spending your time solving algebraic or geometrical  equations, you just want to eat pie not do π, whatever it is you're doing just remember you need pi to bake a pie, and you need to know to know the radius and diameter of a circle which includes π to be able to make your pie perfectly shaped.

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