Hey, it's March 14! And, I've been doing a bunch of arguably grown-up things in the physical world, so I need a super-straightforward topic if there's going to be a Monday Quiz. Therefore, today's topic is:
1. What is π, anyway? Not the numbers, but their significance.
2. What's 2πr?
3. What's πr2?
4. What's 4/3 πr3?
5. If all you had was the 2πr formula, you could reason out pretty quickly that π was going to be between two and four. How?
6. If all you had was the πr2 formula, you could do the same thing. How would that work?
7. True or False: Although it had long been established that π must be between 3 and 3.25, it could not be calculated with precision until the advent of modern computers.
8. True or False: Because each successive digit of π requires an order of magnitude of computer power to calculate, an accurate figure to 1000 decimal places reached in 1970 has, as of 2015, only been extended to 1200 decimal places known with absolute certainty.
10. A fellow named Rajveer Meena holds the world record for memorizing and reciting π to the greatest number of decimal places. About how far out do you suppose he got? Oh, go on, guess. It's only the Monday Quiz.