Happy Square Root Day

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Tuesday is 3/3/09 and three is the square root of nine. The math-buffs' holiday only happens nine times each century. The next Square Root Day is April 4, 2016 — 4/4/16. Math lovers don't dispair. Pi Day is coming up — 3/14/09.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Quick review: the square root of nine? That would be three. So March 3rd, 2009 is Square Root Day. It only happens about nine times a century. Math mavens are searching for the best way to celebrate. A teacher in California is planning a contest. One proposed event: cutting root vegetables into squares. I'm not sure. The winner receives $339.

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