Saturday, December 1, 2007

Leftover Pi

Scene: Harriet's kitchen. It is breakfast time. AJ has just finished playing a game of multiplication baseball on the computer.

AJ: You know what my favorite number is?

Mr. Spy: What?

AJ: Pi. Do you think I could have pi on my basketball jersey? [AJ's first basketball practice of the season is this afternoon.] How do you write pi?

Mr. Spy: [who was probably getting ready to go for a run and not just passing the buck] Go ask Mommy to write it down for you.

Harriet: Pi looks kind of like a table with a little curve in the top on the left. I'll show you. [Harriet draws a picture of the symbol for pi=the word pi, and also a pie chart equalling the word pie.]

AJ: Can I write it?

Harriet: Of course. [She hands AJ the pencil. And he writes it out.] I don't think they'll put it on your jersey, though.

AJ: It would take too long to write it in numbers.

Harriet: Yeah. Your jersey would be WAY too big for you.

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AJ and I then proceeded to look for websites to help us with calculating pi, because even after coffee, I am not up to it on my own. We found this page to help us. But even better were the instructions for how to calculate pi by throwing frozen hot dogs. We will definitely be trying this sometime in the future. But first, I need to go to the grocery store.

[Crossposted at Spynotes]