Monday, 4 June 2012

Storytelling... um.... Monday?!

Oops, running a bit late for Sian's Storytelling Sunday this month - but hey, at least I made it!

I thought of telling the story of how we nearly-just-about saw the Olympic flame last week - but I'll save that one for now.

I thought of telling the story of our very British Jubilee picnic on Saturday - but I think I'll save that one, too.

I thought of telling you more about our recent holiday - but I didn't have time to sort through the photos, so I guess I'll have to save that one as well!

So instead, here's a video I came across this morning. Being a geeky mathematician type it made me laugh out loud, so I immediately thought of sharing it with you - hope you enjoy it, too!

And as it isn't really a story, I'll link it to the memory it recalls of my first experience teaching maths to an A-level class, while I was on my first teaching practice. I can't remember what the lesson was actually about, but at one point pi was mentioned and we discussed how many decimal places you'd need for different degrees of accuracy. The pupils asked me how many digits of pi I actually knew, and were very impressed when I was able to write it to 35 decimal places! (Feel free not to be impressed at all.... As I said, geeky mathematician type! Though, according to the vid, this maybe makes me more of a physicist - I'll leave you to discover why....)

16 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great to see you joining up! I'm only good to the very standard five places for pie.
Rinda

furrypig said...

great idea using a video instead of the standard words/pic glad you made it xxx

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Lovely to see you Mel :o) My first answer would probably be apple. Once I realised it was pi without the 'e' I'm afraid I could only give you 2 decimal places and that required a bit of dredging!

Sian said...

Monday? Sunday? What's the difference :) I think you can probably guess that my answer would be the same as Fiona's. Though I like cherry too..

Thanks for joining in today Mel. Much appreciated!

The Creative Beast said...

LOL! I may not understand all the math but the corporate interpretations of pi are funny because they are true!! ;)

I do hope you'll share your story of the Jubilee - it's been exciting to watch on this side of the pond =-)

Ladkyis said...

PI that's a mathematical thing, yes? hee hee, I love the video.

OH, OH you can write it to 35 places??? wow, I could probably read it that far but I wouldn't know if it was correct or not.

K said...

35! I'm impressed.... I generally fake the whole knowing what the decimal points are & make them all up :D Haven't been caught out yet ;-)

Melissa said...

Thanks for the laugh this evening, Mel!

Cheri said...

The legal response would be: "Off the record, I believe it's 3.14???? But let me look into that and get back to you." Personally, I prefer apple. with vanilla ice cream. Much tastier than numbers.

Missus Wookie said...

I don't think I can go past 3 decimel places and know that there was a discussion about this at a recent party (yeah thrilling conversations around here...) but I'll show the video to Princess and Wookie later!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I only manage 2 decimal places. But I never need to be any more specific on the rare occasions I need to use pi

heart.hearth.home. said...

Lovely to see a comment and video from you Mel. Glad your eyes are improving.
I bought the Life of Pi once but got confused after the first page... I do admire you brainy boffins!

Alison said...

Pi is a foreign language to me Mel...rhubarb for me any day!
Alison xx

Ginger said...

I like Alison`s comment - It`s all foreign, but I`m happy there are people who do know what it is, because our world is a better place for it ;)

Louise said...

oh my 35 places!! I have just gone over PI this week with my son helping him with his maths homework.....we got there in the end.

Missus Wookie said...

ok So I finally got around to showing it to Wookie & Princess - Wookie says that it is spot on.... except for the engineers of course ;) Trilby took not of the url domain and Princess refused to be drawn.

Princess's relieved to have finished Maths A level - except for C4 on Thursday. We hang around with people who think C4 is an explosive so are looking forward to hearing what happens Thursday evening.