The Story of Pi
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|Project MATHEMATICS!, California Institute of Technology|
|A videotape-and-workbook module that explores a basic topic in high school mathematics in ways that cannot be done at the chalkboard or in a textbook. Although pi is the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle, it appears in many formulas that have nothing to do with circles. Animated sequences dissect a circular disk of radius r and transform it to a rectangle of base pi*r and altitude r. Animation shows how Archimedes estimated pi using perimeters of approximating polygons.|
|Levels:||High School (9-12)|
|Resource Types:||Multimedia, Video, Lesson Plans and Activities, Textbooks|
|Math Topics:||Pi, Higher-Dimensional Geometry, Triangles and Other Polygons|
|Math Ed Topics:||Audiovisual/Multimedia, Curriculum/Materials Development|
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