Oaklee celebrates Pi Day
As an events specialist at Tree Pittsburgh, Oaklee loves holidays. Though squirrels don’t typically eat pie, she makes an exception for pi day. Before indulging, though, Oaklee has to do a little math.
Think back to your days of math class, specifically geometry. Do you remember how to find the area of a circle?
Area = π x r2
(Where r is the radius of the circle)
This math comes in a handy in a few different ways in forestry and arboriculture. Let’s say Oaklee wants to figure out the area of the canopy of the tree above him. Oaklee takes 7 hops from the base of the tree out to the edge of the canopy. If each hop is 1 foot, then the radius of the canopy is 7 feet. We’ll assume the tree has a perfectly round canopy. Then the area would be π * 72. So the tree Oaklee is under in the picture above has an area of 153.9 square feet. Nice job, Oaklee!
Another way Oaklee can use pi is to figure out the diameter of a tree. Remember this equation?
C = π * d
Where C is the circumference and d is the diameter of the circle.
If Oaklee measures the circumference of the tree to be 35 inches, then the diameter of the tree is 11.14 inches.
Whew, all that math was exhausting. Time to eat some pie! Happy Pi Day, yinz.