Pi, Pi, Pi Everywhere

A Webquest Exploring Pi

Mrs. Cooper

Stebbins High School

**Drabble** by *Kevin
Fagan* 11/15 Copyright 1992 byUnited Feature Syndicate Inc.

__Introduction__

Pi has been part of mathematical history, indeed the history
of the world as a whole for at least 4000 years. Something that old has affected the lives of all or us in many
ways. The cars we drive, the buildings
we live in, the furniture around us, as well as natural elements we see each
day use pi in their growth and development.

__Task__

You will explore the history and uses of pi from its
inception to the present day. After you
have learned more than you ever realized was written about this constant, you
will help others learn also. With your
group members you will write a newspaper or newsletter to be given to the
middle school math students to help them understand the importance of pi.

## "Probably no symbol in
mathematics has evoked as much mystery, romanticism, misconception and human
interest as the number pi ()."

#### --William L. Schaaf, *Nature and
History of Pi*

__Resources__

http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/~pborwein/
- look for the Pi Pages

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Pi_through_the_ages.html

http://www.joyofpi.com/

http://www.pims.math.ca/pi/index.html - a example of an online math newsletter for
high school students

http://www.wpdpi.com/index.shtml

All of these resources have links to a multitude of other pi
sites.

__Process__

Decide within your group which member will work on which
area(s) of the newspaper. Keep in mind
that your audience consists of students
in grades 5 through 7. The topics and
writing must interest them for the newspaper to be a success.

Possible articles/sections:

History
– ancient

History
– recent

Uses in
math class

Uses in the
real world

Cartoons

Music

Poetry

Jokes

Pi Day
Activities

Pi Fashions

Pi Sports

Editorial

The heroism of
pi

You may come up with other sections. Have these approved by the teacher before
working on them.

Word Process your articles and compile into a
newspaper. Add color if appropriate. Include photographs and art work.

##### Evaluation

Each newspaper will be evaluated by the members of the
class, the teacher and the readers in the middle school classes.

Within this class, the evaluation will be a vote of the most
interesting and easiest to read. Score
will be based on the vote.