11 March, 2022

As Northbridge prepares to celebrate Pi Day we look at the importance of recreational mathematics

More countries around the world, such as Ireland and New Zealand, have embraced the idea of recreational mathematics and have 'math week' where members of the community participate in the fun events. This includes life size mazes that have an algorithm to follow or having number-themed treasure hunts.
More countries around the world, such as Ireland and New Zealand, have embraced the idea of recreational mathematics

Who first calculated Pi?

The value of Pi was first calculated by mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse. It was later accepted by the scientific community when Leonhard Euler used the symbol of Pi in 1737.

How do we use Pi?

Pi represents the ratio of the circumference of any circle to its diameter. The approximate value of Pi is calculated up-to two decimal points, 3.14. However, since it is an irrational number, after the decimal point, the digits go on. The value of Pi in fraction is 22/7.

When is Pi Day?

Pi Day is on the 14th of March 

What does Pi Day mean to school?

At the school level, we have planned recreational math activities during the week for all students, irrespective of their math abilities.

There will be a house mathematics competition organised for students in PYP in the morning and MYP in the afternoon. Students will have to use their inquiry skills and communicate as a team to answer the questions to the best of their ability.

Each team will consist of four students, who will battle it out over four rounds to become Pi Day House Champions. The rounds will include a range of mind-expanding mathematics based around the UKMT Mathematics Challenge.

Who will be the winners? Let's find out!