Pi Day: Wednesday, March 14th
Celebrate Pi Day in your math class Wednesday, March 14th!
Check out the Forum's Teacher2Teacher FAQ for Problems of the
Week, Ask Dr. Math conversations, book suggestions, and other
web resources on the theme.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has put out its
annual call for pi-related photos:
See the MAA's gallery of snapshots from last year, also
The MAA has collected some of their favorite Pi Day things on a
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Firstly, I did a whole lot of pointless work until I hit a
dead end and my mom kindly interjected what the question was
actually asking. With this new knowledge in hand, I found each
of Marshay's sibling's weights in relation to hers. Now with
all that tucked away, I could begin solving the equation. In
order to make the equation a little tidier...."
- Chase, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching are the nation's highest honor for teachers of
mathematics and science. The Awards recognize teachers who
"develop and implement a high-quality instructional program
that is informed by content knowledge and enhances
Nominate outstanding elementary (grades K-6) teachers for the
2012 awards before the Sunday, April 1st deadline. Nominations
for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be accepted
Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour
"The video was made by two women who went to the flip book
presentation [at the recent T³ International Conference] and
were inspired (no pun intended) to make their own. In the next
24 hours they made the flip book. It was then presented at the
- Bobbi, posted to the college level mathematics discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
There are more than nine quintillion (9 x 1018) ways to fill
out a 64-team March Madness bracket — and almost 150
quintillion permutations for the 68 college basketball teams in
this year's men's tournament of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA).
Princeton University Press invites the mathematically inclined
to come pick your own brackets for March Madness and share
them with its ESPN group.
Check the publisher's blog for interviews of sports rankings
experts, coaches, and mathematicians. Their predictions take
the power of mathematical methods of rating and ranking, and
bring them to bear on the NCAA hoops tournaments. The blog will
also provide updates on the group's collective performance, and
the best method for picking the winner.
Blog posts, which date back to March, 2011, have described how
math is used during tournaments, as detailed in Princeton
University Press books such as Mathletics: How Gamblers,
Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball,
Basketball, and Football, by Wayne Winston, and Amy Langville
and Carl Meyer's Who's #1?