Bye Bye Nerdie (CABF11, 3/11/01)
Lisa wonders why a bully attacks only nerds:
Lisa: Why does she only go after the smart ones?
That's like asking the square root of a million -
no one will ever know.
1) What is the square root of a million?
In the same episode,
Prof. Frink addresses fellow scientists at a conference:
Prof. Frink: Scientists ... Scientists, please! I'm looking for some order. Some order, please, with the eyes forward and the hands neatly folded and the paying of attention. π is exactly three!
Prof. Frink: Very sorry that it had to come to that, but now that I have your attention, we have some exciting new research from young Lisa Simpson. Let's bring her out and pay attention.
What is π according to your calculator?
3) Search the web for at least three different civilizations and
the value(s) of π that they used.
In the episode Marge In Chains (9F20, 5/6/93), Homer and Apu discuss
Lisa and Homer Enjoying π
Apu: In fact I can recite π
to 40,000 places. The last digit is one!
Homer: Mmmm, pie.
4) Devise a method in order to check and see whether Apu is correct.
5) Search on the web in order
to find the world record for calculating digits of
π and the method used.
6) How many
digits of π
can you memorize?
In Lisa's Sax (3G02, 10/19/97)
two girls at a gifted school play patty-cake while chanting the digits
of π :
Cross my heart and hope to die
Here's the digits that make π
7) Does the game ever end? Explain.
8) Does the game get repetitive? Explain.
9) Search for some recent results related to π and
normality and summarize what you find.
Kent Reporting on π
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald,
Appalachian State University
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