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It's March 14 - National Pi Day

Marcia Douglas

Friday, March 14, 2014 • 12:44pm

What is Pi?

Pi or π is a mathematical constant equal to approximately 3.1415926. In Euclidean Geometry, it is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although seemingly abstract, it has many uses in math, physics and engineering.

Many school aged students and professionals need to remember the extended version of this mathematical number in order to complete work projects or school problems successfully. No easy task if you must simply commit it to memory!

Why Do We Call March 14th “Pi Day”?

We call it Pi Day because the date can be numerically annotated as 3.14!

 

What’s The LearningRx Warren Way to Celebrate Pi Day?

With a nod to our amazing brains - - and some “pie”!

In honor of Pi Day, why  not indulge in a piece of your favorite pie. While you do, consider how simple it can be to remember the extended version of this famous number when you apply mnemonic devices, like we train in our LearningRx programs. These strategies date back to the ancient Greek and Romans and are both easy to learn and very efferctive.

Let’s start with some simple number images. You might remember them from childhood rhyming games or songs like This Old Man.

We can use these simple, rhyming number images to help us remember a list of items for shopping, for a test, etc. by visually linking the number image to another object.  We can also visually link the images to one another to remember a long sequence of numbers like a credit card, social security card, phone number, locker combination, etc. Still another way we can remember a long sequence of numbers it to create a story like narrative using the numbers.

We’ll show you how simple it can be to remember the abstract number that is Pi using the last strategy. Here goes!

 

The tree wanted to get more sun so he walked out the

door and grew toward the sun. As he grew his branches

he hit a hive and the bees stung his spine. He first tried to

get them off  with his shoes but that didn’t work, so he

started hitting them with sticks. He finally ran away

from the hive. (3.1415926)

 

Sure, it requires some creativity, but when you take a moment to create a short story like this, you will remember the number faster, easier and probably for a lot longer than you would have were you simply to try to burn it into your memory by repetition!

Remember, for strategies like this to work best, you need to practice using them so that they become habits that help you remember everything better, naturally!

Interested in learning more strategies like this or how to develop the underlying brain skills required to quickly process and handle information better for school, life or work?  Contact us at LearningRx Warren, 9”08.22.BRAIN. Be one of the first 25 to call and win a free copy of the book, “Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child” ($19.95 value). Be sure to mention “Pi Day” for a chance to win a raffle for a free brain skills assessment, too!

 

 

 

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