It’s Pi Day: How Will You Celebrate?

Have the writers of cards missed the boat here, or is there already a line of cards acknowledging Pi Day on March 14? If not, we just figured out our way to make millions! Today celebrates the role of mathematics in our everyday activities, and Ford engineers are getting in on the party, because mathematics is a very important tool when it comes to the technology behind Ford vehicles.

Think about it: Technology such as driver assistance technologies is based on sensors, cameras and radar, and the vehicle, such as the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion, becomes able to see, perform mathematical equations, and make a decision and respond. Mathematics is also at the root of maintaining proper lane position via the Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, and the guidance you receive about whether vehicles are in your blind spot with the Blind Spot Information System, or BLIS®. Even the adaptive front airbags vent and tether to conform to a specific occupants size, position and seatbelt usage by way of mathematical formulas. The Fusion’s airbags, including the dual first-row knee ones, deploy based on math formulas performed in milliseconds that measure the force of impact and the time it takes to hit the sensors.

Math also factors in for aerodynamics, rolling resistance and the right inflation point for tires, which all speak to delivering the best fuel economy possible. For example, the hybrid version of the Fusion is anticipated to get at least 47 mpg in the city.

So, Ford engineers are putting on their party hats today, since you could say it’s a day all about them! And they won’t spend it just doing long division with one hand tied behind their backs – they are spreading Pi Day cheer to the World Wide Web and local schools.

Starting today (3/14) at 11 a.m. EDT, Ford engineers will post a different math equation every 3 minutes and 14 seconds to www.reddit.com and ask the community to solve each one. The first person to correctly answer one of the 42 total equations wins “Reddit Gold,” which gives users special exclusive features for their account.

In addition, the engineers are letting high school students see firsthand how math was used to develop the new Fusion. Students from the innovation-focused Henry Ford Academy and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies in the Detroit area will hear the engineers talk about how math helped shape the car. The students will then be challenged to answer three mathematics equations using actual measurements from the car.

Tell us, are you a math nerd, or does math make you run for the hills?

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32 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
David Brown Hows this calculation ford is it right? 19 years work + 30,000 pounds = pension Right you with me and then this Is the weird part pension + ford = nothing+stolen pension
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert S How do I get a Pi day T-shirt?
2 year(s) ago via
WONDERS WILL NEVER END!
2 year(s) ago via
David N I will eat some
2 year(s) ago via
Grey Tolleson Pie ala mode.....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard Gary Mincher Pie R not square, Pie R round..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ray Anderson Everyone knows pie are round.. cake are square..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrea Ingargiola I would eat a pie, but I have to get ready for bathing suit season. There is no hiding in the summer.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Steve Bielawski I'm taking my Mercury Sable for a nice ride to go see an opera at the movie theatre.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alan Maxwell Everyone know Pi R Round... Cornbread R Square.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
I libe my 2012 focus
2 year(s) ago via
rebecca not seeing the math problems on reddit. what does one need to do?
2 year(s) ago via
Derek Godwin id like to have one of those shirts
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Linda S Awesome - 1979 Chemical Engineering grad - put me in the Nerd category and proud of it!!! Great to see you promoting importance of Math!! would not be where I am today without it -- and retiring tomorrow from ExxonMobil after 33 years. Shirts for sale?
2 year(s) ago via
Tara Medina-Carder I took the day off from ohio assembly plant where we make the econoline van to celebrate my daughters first birthday!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Allison Oja I will celebrate by cooking a frozen pizza tonight. Nice and round !!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stefan Weber ok.. but the question is: where I can buy this Ford-Pi-Tshirt????
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Christopher Ridle I celebrated pi day with a mechanical design final exam, pi was present.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sari Jennings It's also my husband's birthday and our anniversary. (I have a thing for Pi!) We'll hop in the Ranger and go somewhere fun tonight!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Holst I drove my new 2012 Focus past 3,141.59 miles on the odometer this morning on the way to work...seriously
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Fernando Perez Pi r square......
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jorge Boss Sanchez Lol i forgot about that!!! My school has an event like that today i think
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
DianeandBob Barstow By eating pie of course, silly question!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rodger Barnhill I sure would like to have one of those shirts in XL to wear while driving my Moodel A!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brenda A I love math!! I have a teaching endorsement in math!...Love it!
2 year(s) ago via
Rijanto Jos yeah...I want the shirt.... ford shirt..!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Szymanski I'm busy working on a Ford Die for Chicago Stamping!.... Lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Charter Actually I might break down and finish the 4th beer hahaha
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michelle Prior Galati I want one of these shirts. Where can we buy them?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Charter I will celebrate by eating 3.14 slices of pizza and having 3.14 glasses of beer. ;)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shawn Arneson 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091456485669234603486104543266482133936072602491412737245870066063155881748815209209628292540917153643678925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572703657595919530921861173819326117931051185480744623799627495673518857527248912279381830119491298336733624406566430860213949463952247371907021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005681271452635608275771342757789609173637178721468440901224953430146549585371050792279689258923542019956112129021960864034418159813629774771309960518707211349999998372978049951059731732816096318595024459455346908302642522308253344685035261931188171010
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Rick White Pie?
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