Posted at 01:05 AM ET, 03/14/2012

# Mmm pi(e): Celebrate the mathematical constant on Pi Day, 3.14

If pizza P has a diameter of 28 inches, it’s approximately 28 * 3.14 inches around, or 87.96 inches. That’s more than 7 feet of crust-cumference! (Courtesy of Mike Cain)
Secant, tangent, cosine, sine! 3.14159!

If this little rhyme brings back anxieties from middle school algebra class, don’t despair. This year, the Maryland Science Center is celebrating Pi Day — the annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi — the right way: with pizza and baked goods.

To find the approximate volume of your slice of Key Lime heaven, figure out multiply pie height H by the area of the pie divided by the number of slices, N. Volume = H(πR^2/N). Or you could just eat it maybe, I think it’s getting warm. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Mmm, pi(e).

The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Wednesday — March 14, or 3/14, corresponds to the first three digits of Pi — and include a pie-eating contest, a pizza pie toss, a pi recitation contest, pi-themed crafts and a search for circular objects in the museum.

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

If the Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore, is a little out of the way Wednesday, here are ways to nerd out in the D.C. area:

Pastry party: Local blogger/baker Emily Hilliard of Nothing in the House is teaming up Wednesday with Radio CPR DJs to host a Pi(e) Day party in Mount Pleasant. Expect live music, DJs, a pi(e) walk, and all-you-can-eat pie.

Pi Day, It’s Pi Day…: Lounge 201 in Northeast is hosting a Pi Day party featuring pies from Georgetown’s Pie Sisters and pizza from District of Pi.

How will you celebrate Pi Day? Tell us in the comments below.

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