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# Happy Pi Day!

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Whether the circle is big or small, this ratio will always equal pi. The value of pi is approximately 3.14, which is why we celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3/14). We can never know the exact value of pi because it is an irrational number, meaning that its decimal form never ends or repeats.

Here's what we do know - Trident Technical College's instructors make learning subjects like math interesting and stress-free. More than 87 percent of TTC faculty members have advanced degrees, so you will benefit from their knowledge and experience. Plus, class sizes are small and free tutoring is available.

### 'Twas the Night Before Pi Day

Check out the video below for a dramatic reading and enactment of 'Twas the Night Before Pi Day by Frank Monterisi, math instructor and program coordinator at Trident Technical College. You can read the entire poem below the video.

'Twas the Night Before Pi Day
by Frank Monterisi, math instructor and program coordinator at Trident Technical College

‘Twas the night before Pi day and all through the den,
a mathematician was solving, not with a pen;

The steps were all checked with the finest of care,
in hopes that the solution, soon would be there;

The textbooks were nestled off to the side,
while visions of epsilons his mind could not hide;

He sweated and worried about whether he had a set to map,
oh boy does he wish he could just take a nap;

When out of nowhere the light-bulb lit up,
he reached for his pencil and grabbed his coffee cup;

Away to the drawer to get some more paper,
a solution has come that he wasn’t going to let taper;

The moon out the window and the whiteness of the snow,
gave the mathematician some clear places to go;

When, what to his wandering eyes should appear,
but a miniature symbol, the answer, my dear;

With a little deriving, so lively and quick,
he knew in that moment it definitely just clicked;

More powerful than e, and more round than phi,
he whistled and shouted, the answer is PI;

Not two, not three, and not even four,
and definitely not twenty-two over seven, oh heaven’s no more;

To the paper he wrote, to the pencils he had,
dash away dash away before he goes mad;

As many attempts had passed before with no successful way,
an obstacle came, he just had to yell out nay;

So finally an answer, to the other room he flew,
with the briefcase full of paper, and the answer too;

And then, in a twinkling, he heard from upstairs,
his wife calling him, be careful or you’ll lose all your hairs

As he paper clipped his work, and was turning around,
his solution in hand, it needed a bound;

He was dressed in his suit, from his head to his toe,
his clothes were all symmetric, his tie in a bow;

He tucked in his calculator into the pocket in the back,
he was ready to go to his office, he now had to pack;

His eyes – how they twinkled! he knew he had done it,
The answer they all were wanting, the pieces just wouldn’t fit;

He grabbed his keys, and off to the bathroom he went,
after checking his email, making sure his note got sent;

He entered in and brushed his teeth,
looking for a towel, which he found underneath;

The answer was pi, how could he not have seen that,
either way he was determined to not fall flat;

The number was perfect with its curl and two stems,
What a discovery! What a mathematical gem;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

He spoke not a word, and went back to his work,
and got in the car, drove out with a jerk;

He arrived at the school, first car in the lot,
the solution he would show, with a coordinate polar plot;

He sprang from his chair, to his fellow faculty gave a shout,
and down the hall they came, the lounge was cleared out;

All amazed they were, at the solution in their sight,
Happy Pi Day to all, and to all a good-night.

### Why choose Trident Technical College?

Interesting and experienced instructors are one reason but there are many more.

• One year at TTC costs less than half of the tuition at most four-year colleges and universities.
• S.C. lottery tuition assistance covers up to 50 percent of tuition and is not based on financial need. Most S.C. residents qualify.
• S.C. LIFE scholarship covers up to \$5,000 in tuition costs (Fall and Spring semesters).
• Trident Tech fits your busy life by offering online, evening and traditional classes as well as varied class modes and times.
• Most colleges and universities accept transfer credit from TTC.
• There are four convenient campuses: Main Campus in North Charleston, Berkeley Campus in Moncks Corner, Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston, and Mount Pleasant Campus.