Humber College students had a “slice” at the Math Centre last Monday as International Pi Day was celebrated at the North campus Learning Resource Common.
March 14 is meant to recognize the importance of both math and science education programs by celebrating the mathematical constant of pi, the Greek notation for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
“Today is Pi Day which is the third month and the 14th day and we specifically celebrate it at 1:59 which represents Pi,” said game programming student and math tutor Melissa James, referencing numerical pi which is 3.14159 and continues in ever smaller fractions from there.
“Right when the clock hits 1:59 we will be giving out pies to students in recognition of the first few digits of the mathematical constant.”
Apple, cherry and peach were just some of the fruit pie slices being handed out to students who came to celebrate the day. Today is also a day to learn more about the Pi that won’t give us those extra calories.
“Pi is irrational and transcendental; it’s infinitely long so you can never calculate exactly pi because there will always be additional digits that we can never calculate,” said Michael Gennari, a math tutor at the centre.
Tyler Sy, a volunteer math tutor may love math but he prefers his sweet tooth to math calculations.
“Honestly, and being completely honest, I kind of prefer the culinary pie over the mathematical pi even as a mathematician, because pie is so delicious.”
International Pi Day also celebrates the birthday of the legendary theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein was born in 1879 in Germany. March 14th marked his 137th birthday.
The Math Centre runs as a drop-in that offers math help to Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students at no cost. There is no appointment needed and tutors are always around the centre helping students out with any schoolwork.