The Fifth Annual
Outside the SLU QRC
Brought to you by:
SLU Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics
A description of the rules and scoring for the 2013 Piathlon can be found here.
In celebration of Pi day (March 14th), the St. Lawrence Universities Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics hosts the annual Piathlon! This is the only known Piathlon in the world.
What is a piathlon, you ask? A biathlon involves completing two events. A triathlon involves completing three events. Thus, it follows that a piathlon involves completing pi events!*
There are prizes (gift certificaters to the SLU bookstore) awarded to the top teams! 100$ (first place team), 50$ (second place team), and 20$ (third place team). There is also a special award for the individual who can recite the most digits of pi.
In 2010, over 80 students participated and the winning team estimated Pi to within 5 decimal points! In 2011, the first, second and third place teams all estimated Pi to within (at least) 6 decimal places! In 2012, the first place team estimated Pi to within 12 digits! That's right...TWELVE freaking digits.
Pictures from Piathlons Past
Piathlon....be there or don't!
*The department recognizes the impossibility of actually performing pi events.