By Phuong Nguyen
Last Tuesday marked the yearly celebration of Pi Day. The international holiday observed approximately 3.14 days ago was dedicated to the irrational and continuous number of pi.
“I think it’s a very creative holiday for all the math-lovers in the world,” expressed junior Leann Le, a math lover herself.
For math teacher Rey Enriquez, celebrating this holiday meant teaching a lesson related to pi, if possible.
“In my statistics class, we would do some linear regression approximating pi,” explained Mr. Enriquez.
“I celebrated it by buying a pie or baking one myself! It could be any kind like apple pie, coconut cream, or key lime,” passionately exclaimed Leann.
According to Mr. Enriquez, another way of celebration was to measure a circular object and dividing its circumference by twice the radius to approximate pi.
“If you bring a pizza, then after measuring, you can celebrate by eating it,” laughed Mr. Enriquez.
Pi Day was especially commemorated in 2015 because the date (3.14.15) signified the first four digits of pi after the decimal. In fact, there was a math contest held by the Santa Clara Valley Math Association on that day.
This holiday commemorated not only pi itself, but the applications of pi to real life as well.
“Pi is very useful. For example, it is used in determining circumference, areas, and volumes of circles, spheres, and cylinders,” listed Leann.
However, the usefulness of pi in the real world may be subliminal.
“In terms of everyday uses for the typical human being, they probably won’t use pi, or at least they won’t know that they are using it, but they do benefit from it,” speculated math teacher Stewart Kuang.