To the editor:
People say we need to improve math education in our schools. I would suggest we start with journalism majors. The Journal-World has published some pretty egregious mathematical errors lately.
In the article about the Pi Day celebration, you defined pi as the ratio of the circumference of a circle. Period. Any ratio requires two numbers, so you should have said pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter.
You (or maybe it was a reader) said that recently Venus and Jupiter were parallel to each other. Points can’t be parallel, only lines or planes can be. You could have said the planets formed a line parallel to the horizon, or simply that they appeared near each other.
The old water tower to be used as a baseball museum in Muscotah was said to have a circumference of 22 feet. Circumference is the distance around the water tower, and if it’s 22 feet, the diameter would be about 7 feet. That’s pretty small for a museum. Judging from the picture, I’d guess that the water tower has a diameter of 22 feet.
Maybe you should hire a KU math or science major as an intern to review your articles for mathematical and scientific correctness. It’s embarrassing to see such errors in a university town.