It is Pi day

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So let’s look at the history of Pi:

Pi (π) has been known for almost 4000 years—but even if we calculated the number of seconds in those 4000 years and calculated π to that number of places, we would still only be approximating its actual value. Here’s a brief history of finding π.

The ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for π, which is a closer approximation.

The Rhind Papyrus (ca.1650 BC) gives us insight into the mathematics of ancient Egypt. The Egyptians calculated the area of a circle by a formula that gave the approximate value of 3.1605 for π.

The first calculation of π was done by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world.

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How to overcome math anxiety?

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See the wonderful advice on working towards eliminating math anxiety for your child. Best quote:

The article gives a list of reasons people have anxiety and a few suggestions how to overcome math anxiety. You might like to know writers have suggested that a young Albert Einstein was rubbish at mental arithmetic, a teachers even famously said he wouldn’t amount to anything! However with the help of his mother and a different style of teaching at a new school he was propelled towards his genius discoveries.

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Getting through school with dyscalculia

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In our link for today the story from someone who kept her troubles with math a secret. Unfortunately our school system is such that this can go unnoticed. A major reason why Dyscalculia is not diagnosed more often. Here is how she explained getting through school without anyone noticing her math troubles:

The reason that I was never tested was that I passed all my classes with As and Bs. My parents figured that I just hated math. They assumed that I just needed to apply myself. Now the reason that I got good grades was that I copied everyone’s homework and was a great student. My test scores would give me away, but the teachers were always okay to bump up my grade or give me extra credit. I was in the honors classes track, so surely I was such a good student so eager to learn that I could not get a C grade or lower.

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Living with a learning disability

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Read the story in the link for today where someone recall their youth that got majorly impacted by a learning disability. Best Quote:

After much hemming and hawing, I went and did a series of tests with trained doctors and teachers who told me that I had dyscalculia. Finally, I realized that my inability to not be able to perform in maths was not because I was dumb or didn’t pay attention. My brain couldn’t grasp these concepts, and it wasn’t my fault at all!  

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