The Sixth Annual
March 30, 2015
Outside the SLU PQRC
Brought to you by:
SLU Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics
*Before reading further you should note that there will be many, many homemade pies at this event. If anything beyond that matters feel free to continue.
A description of the rules and scoring for the 2015 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 25$ (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 2014, that record was smashed with a team estimating Pi to within 12 digits! That's right...TWELVE freaking digits. In 2014 roughly 50 students participated and Pi was recited to 293 digits!
Pictures from Piathlons Past
Piathlon....be there or don't!
*The department recognizes the impossibility of actually performing pi events.