Tasty Pi Day Sites

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Today, math enthusiasts are reveling in Pi Day, which has some sweet coverage on the web. Have a few slices:

Pi Day Celebration site from the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, California. The holiday was founded by their physicist Larry Shaw.

This “Happy Pi Day!” post from Slashdot contains some great links (check out the musical rendition of pi on violin), and refers to this day as “an opportunity to glorify math, knowledge, and nerdiness.”

This Pi Day site includes “things to do for pi day,” pi to a million digits, and pi shopping.

Mashable’s collection of “10 YouTube Videos for Math Geeks.”

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Big Game Doing a Number on You? III Roman Numeral Websites

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Ruling on the field: it's good to learn for learning's sake!

This article discusses the Super Bowl’s famous usage of roman numerals and how young people can’t read them. If you, too, can’t make heads or tails of all the V’s, L’s, and X’s, just advance your cursor down the field below for some DIY roman numeral learning.

“Roman Numerals” from Eric W. Weisstein at MathWorld – A Wolfram Web Resource.

“Roman Numerals” from the Nova Roma organization’s website.

“Roman Numeral and Date Conversion with Roman Calculator & Roman Numerals Test” from Steven Gibbs’ webpages. Play with a roman numeral calculator and test your roman numeral knowledge. (Site is no longer updated, but these activities are in operating order.)

Websites above are listed on librarian-screened Infomine.
Article linked here is “Deciphering the Super Bowl: XLVI is Greek to kids,” Leanne Italie, AP, 1/30/12.
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College as Rude Awakening?


About 40% of students who drop out of college do so because they learn their academic abilities — indicated by early grades — are lower than they’d expectealarm clockd.  That’s the news from this article, linked from today’s Inside Higher Ed.  It refers to a study from The University of Western Ontario that suggests students work hard, but overestimate themselves.

The study was conducted on US college students.

Todd Stinebrickner, co-author of the study (“Learning About Academic Ability and the College Drop-Out Decision”), also suggests that students should be better prepared “fundamentally” [in math and science subjects in particular].

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