Students have shown great enthusiasm for having a special celebration of transcendental numbers such as Pi and e. These days have been opportunities to talk about more abstract concepts such as infinite sequences and give the students a glimpse of the more philosophical aspects of mathematics. This year was perhaps our biggest celebration with hundreds upon hundreds of fabulous entries to mark Tau day ( Tau = 2 x Pi = 6.28….) so we celebrated on June 28th.
The decimal goes on forever without a constantly repeating pattern. This amazing number – paramount for A level maths, economics and science – has myriads of patterns to explore which we did so by assigning a colour to each digit and then we are making a chain of origami out of these colours to represent the chain of digits.
We have art competitions, music, poetry and baking competitions all based around the concept of Tau and its patterns. Ines was once again crowned champion reciter with an amazing 220 digits of Tau – closely followed by Yemesi with 187 digits. Well done to everyone who took part – we have some budding KS3 reciter to challenge Ines in the future! Among the amazing entries were artefacts made such as this Tau – too! Very cleverly made with each symbol assigned to a digit to depict the sequence.