[Maths-Education] Re: Pi Day (3-14)
Larry Francis
larry_francis at soesd.k12.or.us
Fri Mar 4 23:29:42 GMT 2011
Pi Day (March 14th) approaches!
It's not too soon to start making plans! Here are a few links with
animations, multimedia, info, and lessons:
The Exploratorium's 2010 - 22nd Annual Pi Day Celebration
http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/index.html
<http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/index.html>
NPR: "Pi Day Celebrates a Mysterious Number"
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88226443
<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88226443>
NPR: "Pi Day: An Infinite Number of Ways to Celebrate"
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88239845
<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88239845>
lower on the page is "Happy Pi Day from the Pi Guy"
Wikipedia: Pi and Albert Einstein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi>
Wikipedia has a great animation called "Pi-unrolled" (shown above). You
can see a large version of the it at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pi-unrolled-720.gif
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pi-unrolled-720.gif>
Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879. There's a lot of info about him
at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein> and even more at
http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Einstein.html
<http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Einstein.htm
l> including the essay "Geometry and Experience"
"Pi, Pi, Mathematical Pi" (to the music of "Bye, Bye Miss American Pie")
http://www.vvc.edu/ph/TonerS/mathpi.html
<http://www.vvc.edu/ph/TonerS/mathpi.html> (The authors' personal pages
are at http://www.alltooflat.com/about/personal/ton/
<http://www.alltooflat.com/about/personal/ton/> and
http://www.stevetoner.com/ <http://www.stevetoner.com/> Check out
Steve's terrific (and free!) games "Duplicon" (shape recognition),
"Magic Pen" (mechanics and logic), and "Building Houses"
(perspective),"Filler" (motion and logic), and CoBaCoLi (angles, motion,
and logic).
Talking about Pi
http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/~jborwein/pi_cover.html
<http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/~jborwein/pi_cover.html>
Archimedes' proof for the area of a circle
Here's a very nice flash illustration-with audio in French
http://www.mathkang.org/swf/archimede.html
<http://www.mathkang.org/swf/archimede.html>
Here's a couple in English from Tom Richmond:
http://www.wku.edu/~tom.richmond/circle1.html
<http://www.wku.edu/~tom.richmond/circle1.html>
and http://www.wku.edu/~tom.richmond/circle2.html
<http://www.wku.edu/~tom.richmond/circle2.html>
You may also find them at the National Curve Bank:
http://curvebank.calstatela.edu <http://curvebank.calstatela.edu>
finding the value of pi
http://mathforum.org/isaac/problems/pi1.html
<http://mathforum.org/isaac/problems/pi1.html>
more pages from the math forum on pi
http://mathforum.org/library/topics/pi/
<http://mathforum.org/library/topics/pi/>
NCTM's Illuminations site also has some resources you might find useful:
www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=28520
<http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=28520>
Enjoy!
--Larry
Larry Francis, Southern Oregon ESD Computer Information Services
www.soesd.k12.or.us/support/training
<http://www.soesd.k12.or.us/support/training> and
www.soesd.k12.or.us/math/math_resources
<http://www.soesd.k12.or.us/math/math_resources>
larry_francis at soesd.k12.or.us <mailto:larry_francis at soesd.k12.or.us>
or 541.858.6748
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