# Math Mail from ESC2!

## What's inside this month's letter...

1. Pi day fun
3. Get Lucky with the Rosenthal Prize
4. Welcome Aboard, Cindy!
5. Upcoming Math Workshops

## Digits of pi

Have you ever tried to see how many digits of pi you and your students can memorize? Although it is unlikely that you will ever need to know five hundred or two thousand four hundred twenty-two digits of any number, it can appear to be a very impressive accomplishment and a great way to celebrate pi day!
Benjamin Most recites 2422 numbers of Pi

Major Mnemonic System for Memorization

One way to memorize numbers is to encode them as sounds and make words out of them. Words can then be converted to sentences or images. Once a number is turned into a string of images or sentences, it can come to life as a story that is easily memorized and recalled. This may sound crazy but it works!

If you have never heard of the Major Mnemonic System, you might enjoy trying it out for pi day. Of course it takes a small investment of time to learn the code and practice using it, but it can be very fun and helpful for memorizing those important numbers in your life like birthdays, identification numbers, credit card numbers, and pi!

There are apps, websites, and YouTube videos that are dedicated to the Major Mnemonic system. The site listed below contains a page dedicated to memorizing the first 500 digits of pi. There is also a site that helps you translate. Enjoy!

Site: Pseudonumerology

Story of pi: Memorize the first 500 digits

Translate: Number / Word Converter

Could this be your year to complete the perfect bracket? Odds may be against you but that does not mean it's impossible!! The tournament's First Four starts tomorrow with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Texas Southern, and brackets are due before the beginning of Round 1 on Thursday March 17.

Although no one has ever gotten a perfect bracket, it is time to get excited about basketball and math. Check out the links below. Some are ready made activities and some contain information that could be used in any good basketball related math activity.

Education TI:

Mission Impossible: A Perfect Bracket

Desmos:

March Mathness 2022

Yummy Math:

March Madness Activities from Yummy Math

Communicating Mathematically:

A Little Bit of March Madness Math

Young Teacher Love:

NCAA.com:

The Absurd odds of a perfect NCAA bracket

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