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STATE OF RHODE ISLAND | |

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY | |

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2024 | |

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S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N | |

PROCLAIMING MARCH 14TH AS A DAY TO COMMEMORATE THE HISTORY OF THE | |

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1 | WHEREAS, The mathematical constant π (pi) is an irrational number that represents the |

2 | ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter; and |

3 | WHEREAS, The history of π dates back to ancient civilizations, with contributions from |

4 | mathematicians such as Archimedes, Liu Hui, and Aryabhata; and |

5 | WHEREAS, The symbol π was first used by the Welsh mathematician William Jones in |

6 | 1706, and later popularized by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in the 18th century; and |

7 | WHEREAS, The calculation of π has been an ongoing pursuit of precision, leading to the |

8 | development of various methods and algorithms including, but not limited to, Archimedes' |

9 | method, infinite series, and modern computer-based techniques; and |

10 | WHEREAS, The celebration of Pi Day on March 14th (3/14) has become a global |

11 | tradition, symbolizing the first three digits of π and promoting an appreciation for mathematics, |

12 | science, and education; and |

13 | WHEREAS, The first 100 digits of Pi are as follows: 3.1415926535 8979323846 |

14 | 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 |

15 | 3421170679, which can be approximated to be 3.14; and |

16 | WHEREAS, The transcendental and infinite nature of π reflects the boundless |

17 | possibilities and challenges inherent in the pursuit of knowledge; now, therefore be it |

18 | RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby acknowledges and |

19 | honors the historical significance of π, recognizing its enduring importance in the realms of |

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1 | mathematics, science, and education; and be it further |

2 | RESOLVED That this Senate hereby encourages educational institutions, community |

3 | organizations, and individuals to celebrate Pi Day by engaging in activities that promote the |

4 | understanding and appreciation of mathematics, fostering a spirit of curiosity and exploration; |

5 | and be it further |

6 | RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby declares March 14th to be a day to commemorate |

7 | the history of π and encourages citizens to reflect upon the contributions of mathematicians |

8 | throughout the ages in advancing our understanding of this fundamental constant. |

9 | RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to |

10 | transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Nikki Greene, President of the Rhode Island |

11 | Mathematics Teachers Association. |

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