Pi Day at WHPS: Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although it is a non-terminating, non-repeating number, the decimal approximation 3,14 and the fraction 22/7 are typically used to represent the irrational mathematical constant.
The Greek letter π, was first used as the symbol for Pi in 1706 by William Jones, but only became popular after it was adopted by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.
Pi Day has been celebrated for 27 years. WHPS celebrated Pi Day with fun and exciting activities ranging from baking round cookies to physical activities involving circles. The Whippets through to Grade 7 spent the day investigating circles.
Some of the boys wrote limericks:
My mom placed a pie on a plate,
A round pie that tasted so great,
I haven’t a doubt,
She used π to find out,
The portion of pie that I’d ate…
Nothing brings mathematics to life more than exploration.
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Brigitte Theunissen / Deputy Head Academics