Tau vs Pi Smackdown

Who wins the tau vs pi debate? Two mathematicians share their view of whether tau or pi is better in a video from the Numberphile Pi series. Spoiler alert: Pi wins.

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Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class create a graphic organizer comparing tau and pi
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with Euler's identity, as well as the formulas for the area and circumference of circles
  • Speakers make use of calculus in some of their arguments
Pros

  • Debate style makes video interesting to watch
  • Incorporates different areas of mathematics
Cons

  • None