What day is Pi Day?

Today is Tuesday, Pi day (3/14)! Pi day is a national holiday celebrating mathematics, pi, and yes sometimes some baked pie and Pi-zza…

As 3/14 is a Tuesday, so are April 4, May 9, June 6, July 4, August 8, September 5, October 31, November 7, and December 26th!

Last year Pi day was on a Monday, the year before, a Saturday. Back in 2000, Pi day was Tuesday… Check out the math trick that lets you find the day of the week for various dates throughout history!: Check out James Grime’s full explanation of the trick:

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The Tic-Tac-Toe Magic Square trick

In Mathematics Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner, the author presents an interesting card trick to create a magic square (where all rows and columns add to the same number), using an interesting interactive game with a participant. After playing a game of tic-tac-toe, your friends will be surprised to see they set up the cards in a 3×3 grid summing the number on the cards to 15!

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Happy Pi Day 2022

Once again it is Pi day, a great time to make pie – or order a Pizza or Pie (check if your local restaurants have a special Pi day deal 🙂 )

This year Pi day comes on a Monday, which hasn’t happened since 2016! There are some interesting tricks to calculating what any given day of the week was, and I’ll leave you with a video that James Grime published with some math tricks for the day of the week for any given date:

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Happy Twosday! and a Surprising Pi trick

In Ben Sparks’ video he shows a very interesting trick. On a decimal angle calculator run:


If your calculator has more than the standard Ubuntu calculator’s digits of accuracy you could add even more repeating 5’s. The answer is approximately PI with extra zeros…


Since today is Twosday (2-22-2022 in any date format), here is a similar Tuesday math trick for the Python console:

from math import sin

It is also .0003142… or approximately Pi!

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Sum/product of consecutive numbers and other math shortcuts

If you have studied some of the old SAT questions at some point you may have gone through questions like –

4 consecutive numbers sum to 166. What is the product of the numbers? or…

3 consecutive even numbers sum to X. What is their product?

The way the tutors and the online tutorials show seems to always be to algebraically solve this – for example 4 consecutive numbers would solve x+x+1+x+2+x+3 = 166, collect terms and solve…

However there is another way that works for this and works for other similar problems.

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