January 29th, 2017, 11:03 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2017 From: mwanza tanzania Posts: 20 Thanks: 0  3y^432y192=0
It has come to my notice that this equation 3y^432y192=0 gives a value of (pi) a mathematical constant which is approximately to 3.1425.......can this equation be used to give a value of pi to any number of decimal places needed instead of known equation pi=circumference of a circle divide to its radius? kadomole
Last edited by skipjack; February 1st, 2017 at 09:03 AM. 
January 30th, 2017, 02:11 AM  #2 
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Whereas pi is 3.14159265358979..., your equation has solution 3.14248520690..., and so the two are rather different. To get closer to pi, your equation would need to be changed, and to get very close to pi would require very substantial changes.

January 30th, 2017, 06:55 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 1,893 Thanks: 130 Math Focus: Trigonometry and Logarithm 
Isn't pi transcendental?

January 30th, 2017, 07:17 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: May 2016 From: USA Posts: 997 Thanks: 410 
As has been pointed out, $y \approx 3.14248 = 3.14159 + 0.001 0.00011 \implies y  \pi \approx 0.0089.$ In fact, y is an algebraic number, and $\pi$ is a transcendental number so the two are not even in the same subset of the real numbers. 
February 1st, 2017, 07:09 AM  #5 
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pi is not an algebraic number, so pi cannot be a root of any polynomial with rational coefficients.

February 11th, 2017, 06:15 AM  #6  
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February 11th, 2017, 06:33 AM  #7 
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February 11th, 2017, 06:39 AM  #8 
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Calculating pi is a bit like the guy who spent years sticking together over a million matches to come up with a miniature 'London Bridge': got queer looks, some respect for his tenacity...but only 5 bucks at the corner pawnshop.... This stupidity seems to have started in England (where else!) in the early 1900's. A British mathematician William Shanks worked it out to 707 decimal places doing calculations by hand for over 20 years. POOR BILL: an error in the 528th place was discovered in 1945...wonder if they changed the inscription on his tombstone 
February 11th, 2017, 07:52 AM  #9 
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February 11th, 2017, 11:50 AM  #10 
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Oh, for goodness' sakes. $3y^4  32y  192 = 0 \implies 3.1424 < y.$ $\pi < 3.1416 \implies \ 3.1416 < \ \pi.$ $\therefore (3.1424  3.1416) < (y  \pi) \implies 0.0008 < (y  \pi) \implies$ $\pi < y  0.0008 < y \implies \pi < y.$ $\therefore \pi \ne y.$ 

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