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.

 

By the teacher; Evaluation will include grammar and accuracy of content.

 

By the middle school students: another vote will produce the final score.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This exploration of pi has made you an expert on the topic. Spread the word everywhere you roam about the importance and excitement of pi!