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Pi Day comes first in NZ

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Yes, it’s true – Pi Day does come early in New Zealand, and a day later for our students in the USA. Other than being able to find your birthday in Pi, why is Pi important enough to deserve a day of its own — and a search engine to draw attention to it? Click on the diagram to find out:


And don’t forget to check out the amazing Damiel Tammet, who learned Pi to 22,000 decimal places in just one sitting! As one student said,

WOW!!!!!!. Daniel along with Kim Peek absolutely FASCINATE ME!!!!!!!!. I have an above average IQ. I’m good at Math & memorization. I also see numbers as well as the Months of the year as Colors as well. I once memorized the first 104 digits of Pi in 2 hours or so but 22,000 after reading them once…………..GEEZ. MAJOR RESPECT & ADMIRATION!!!!!!!”

More about Daniel on Wikipedia here.

A student asked, “What is Pi and when will we ever use it?” Check out the answer from one of our Math Movie trailers here.
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NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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