Math Club celebrates International Pi Day

March 14, 2012 - 8:54am

Vancouver Island University math students know how to have fun.

The students celebrated International Pi day March 14 by reciting as many of the numbers of Pi from memory for the honour of giving their professors a whip cream pie in the face.

Fourth-year Biology student Angeline de Bruyns took first place with 106 numbers and pied Math Professor David Bigelow. Student Kimi Grass came second with 81 numbers and pied Education Instructor David Sufrin.

Jaimie Dunbar was third with 77 and had to choose between Math professors Cobus Swarts and Patrick Ng. She managed to give them each a bit of pie.

Math Club president Larissa Richards explained that March 14 is international Pi day because the date (3/14) is the first three digits of Pi.

“Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it’s diameter,” Richards said. “Pi is an irrational number, meaning it doesn’t repeat digits – it goes on forever.”

Richards added that students thought celebrating Pi day would be fun and a great social activity for the Math Club.

Math club executive members baked eight pies (lemon, blueberry and apple) for students to eat after the pie toss. To keep in the spirit of the day, participants shared pizza pies sponsored by Pearson Education Canada (a textbook supplier) and professors were each given fruit pies for volunteering their faces.

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