Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board or just read out the answers.

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smart board.

There is a fab article on the History of calculating pi in the New York Times today.

Now to THE FUNNY SIDE OF PI DAY

In Australia we don’t get too carried away with 14 March aka Pi Day aka 3.14.19 because, unlike Americans, we do not write the date as 3/14/19. We prefer 14/3/19.

No problem.

Meanwhile Mathspig called her talk for the International Congress of Mathematical Education 2016 in Hamburg:

Then odd emails arrived relabelling my talk ‘…….. p-in-your-face funny!’

I thought it was a typo. Not so! The Germans, the Dutch and other European countries do not call π ‘Pi’, they call it ‘P’ or ‘Pee’ because ‘i’ is pronounced ‘ee’, for instance, in German. So I had called my great international maths talk Pee-in-your-face funny! And the German organising committee seemed happy enough with the title.

To be diplomatic and to avoid the attracting the wrong type of audience I’ve retitled my talk:

How many m&ms would kill a 14-year-old? Making middle-school maths real, relevant, deadly serious and ha^2 funny!

So Happy π Day English speakers and now, for a laugh, look at some of our Pi or Pee jokes through the eyes of, say, a German.

That’s because of the beer.

One whole day dedicated to pi.

It’s epic!

Mathematicians in love .., awwww!

So cute or they’re pissed.

………………………………………..

OK. ‘I 8 sum pi’ but adding the ‘delicous’ makes this weird for a German. D’Oh!

Very expensive bottle of pi.

Mmmm! Pecan pi.

Rabbit Pi must be a problem.

Dessert wine, maybe?

That’s, like, every day after a night out on the ‘piss’ as we so delicately call it in Australia.

You too can have tasty pi. I don’t know how and frankly, I don’t want to know.