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Middle School: Pi
Pi [], 3.14159...  the ratio of the
circumference of a circle to its diameter  has puzzled mathematicians
for almost 4,000 years. We have never found an exact value for pi,
which has infinitely many numbers to the right of the decimal point.
Pi Day is often celebrated on March 14 in middle schools in
the United States.
Middle School Problems of the Week in which pi plays an important
part are listed below. For background information, explore the
Middle School Pi area of the
Ask Dr. Math archives, read
The
Joy of Pi by David Blatner, or visit the
Dr. Math FAQ about Pi.
To find relevant sites on the Web,
browse and search Pi in our Internet
Mathematics Library; to find middleschool sites, go to the bottom of
the page, set the searcher for middle school (68), and press the
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Accuracy Please
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Considering precision, accuracy, and appropriateness in finding the volume of a cone.
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Building a Snow Statue
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Determine the height of a snow statue using the given information.
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Partial Area
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Find the area of the portion of the circle that is not included inside the inscribed square.
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Peanut's Back Yard
 Jonathan Bauer

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Peanut, the overexcited dog, makes 40 laps around a stake and travels a total distance of 1 mile. If his bowl of water is 20 feet away from the stake, can he get a drink?
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Pi Day  Let's Eat Cake!
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. In honor of Pi Day we will be comparing the volumes of slices taken from round and rectangular cakes.
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Pi Day Treats
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Help Mrs. Granville and Mrs. Germain plan a Pi Day celebration.
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Pizza Pie
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Use the given information to decide how many slices of the small pizza would be equal to or greater than 3 slices from the large pizza.
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Shine On Harvest Moon
 Judy Ann Brown

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 2. Find the area of the largest circle that can be cut from a nineinch by twelveinch sheet of paper.
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Valley Springs Snow Cream
 Kelly Crisp

PreAlgebra, difficulty level 3. Compare the volume of a sphere, cone, and cylinder using ice cream.
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