Recovery Reader The March 2020

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FROM THE DESK OF Dan Larson

EXPLORING BUSINESS WITH PI ( Π )

As my children were growing up, my son (the math guy) would always be excited about March 14 each year.

He would rattle off so many digits of pi, sing The Pi Song, and of course, we had to have pizza on pi day. We talk of how everything comes full circle: first growing the pie, then having a slice of the pie, right? So it is in our businesses, too. We grow the pie, then get larger slices of the pie. We market our businesses, increase sales and receivables, and of course, get paid — it’s a circle. Several years ago, a quickly growing landlord exclaimed how excited he was about the many properties he had purchased and rented. However, one month, many of his tenants were VERY late on their rent, and HE had issues meeting all the mortgage commitments! One payment was “easy,” but 12 were not. Growing that pie also meant growing his receivable management. Luckily, we helped him correct those stray “digits” and keep his circle intact. We often talk of growing the pie. No matter how the business grows, the ratio will always be pi. That one late receivable or rent payment might seem minor right now, but in the pi of things, it is important to manage each digital ($) slice. If slices of your pi are losing digits, give me a call. We can calculate recovery and help keep your pi intact. And in that circle, there are infinite digits of opportunity and options.

HAVE YOUR PI AND EAT IT, TOO! Spend Time With Your Family on International Pi Day For thousands of years, pi (π) has been a source of inspiration and mystery. On March 14, International Pi Day, you can share that inspiration with your family! This holiday is often overlooked, but it’s actually a fantastic educational opportunity. Here are some fun ways to engage your kids’mathematical and creative curiosities.

SOLVING THE UNSOLVABLE

Pi is a constant number, meaning it continues for infinity — or does it?

That’s the question. Nobody has ever calculated the exact ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter; we just get new approximations. Your child might ask why we can’t find the answer with computers or your smartphone, but a Japanese mathematician used technology to help solve the mystery. In 600 hours and by using a HITACHI SR8000/MPP supercomputer, Yasumasa Kanada has revealed nearly 1.2411 trillion digits of pi, but the number still remains unresolved. For many, pi is a symbol for an essential truth: There are some things we can only get closer to knowing. Your child might be intrigued by the idea that every circle they’ve ever seen has an unsolvable mystery.

SEEING PI

Math affects the real world and how we define it. There’s no better way to show this than with pi! Take a piece of string and measure the diameter of a circular object with your child. Use that length and multiply it by 3.14. If your child is old enough, they can do the math themselves. With the results, measure out a new thread of string, and place it in a circle around the object - Dan Larson

Have a great month and maybe an apple pie!

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