May 19th, 2018, 08:48 AM  #11 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 13,638 Thanks: 954 
I emailed this (about 15 years ago) to someone on the Internet who wanted opinions on the stupidity of these mathematicians who keep calculating PI forever and ever. (at bottom is a little true anecdote between me and a wise older friend, Mason Johnson). .................................................. ............................................... Hi. Well, they remind me of 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...over 20 years. POOR BILL: an error in the 528th place was discovered in 1945...wonder if they changed the inscription on his tombstone. In Aug/89,YASUMASA KANEDA carried PI to 536,870,000 places, filling 110,000 pages of computer paper taking 67 hours and 13 minutes on Japan's fastest supercomputer. ...gee, I would have bet my 20 against your 10 that some Chineese fellow would have done this...doesn't the rumor say they're the best...like, every respectable computer store has one constantly working on a computer keyboard, all visible from the front store window. Did a search on PI the other day: they're proudly announcing the crashing of the 2 billion mark...WOWWEE. MY SOLUTION ============ Purpose: make Pi=3.14 even. First, let's use a circle of diameter 12 inches. Next, let's use 3.14159 as 'the going' PI. Then: 3.14159 x 12 = 37.699 inches. 3.14000 x 12 = 37.680 inches. Difference: .019 of an inch (about thickness of 4 sheets of paper). So, after drawing your 1footdiametercircle, all you need to do is make 4 little nicks of .00475 inch (.019/4)(thickness of one page) at each 90 degree and no one will ever know.... WHO CAN I SUGGEST THIS TO IN THE PI KINGDOM?? DENIS AND MASON (a keepitsimple wise elderly friend) =============================================== DENIS: Hey Mason, just decided to take this amazing course. MASON: Ya? What's it called? DENIS: The Sylva Method of Mind Control. MASON: Hmmm...what will you learn there, Denis? DENIS: Amazing things, Mason; I'll be able to control my own mind and make it do all sorts of things. MASON: Well...can you give me a couple of examples? DENIS: Sure. At the demonstration, they told me I'd be able to figure out what my dog is thinking; also, when I get a letter in the mail, I'll hold it at both ends with my fingertips, concentrate, and I'll be able to tell what is in the letter...imagine that! MASON: Gee. Tell me, Denis, how much is this course costing you? DENIS: Only 325 bucks, Mason. MASON: Well, why don't you buy yourself a plastic letter opener instead: only 79 cents at KMart.... NOTE: Fortunately, refunds were allowed before the 1st official lesson!! 
May 19th, 2018, 11:01 AM  #12 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2015 From: USA Posts: 2,203 Thanks: 1157 
$\begin{align*} &\lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \dfrac n 2 \sin\left(\dfrac {2\pi}{n}\right) = \\ \\ &\lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \pi \dfrac{\sin\left(\dfrac {2\pi}{n}\right)}{\dfrac{2\pi}{n}} = \\ \\ &\pi \lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \dfrac{\sin\left(\dfrac {2\pi}{n}\right)}{\dfrac{2\pi}{n}} =\pi \end{align*}$ Where the limit evaluation comes from the well known fact that $\lim \limits_{x\to \infty} \dfrac{\sin(x)}{x} = 1$ So yes. This magic number is indeed a sort of $\pi$ and reaches it in the limit 
May 20th, 2018, 09:13 AM  #13  
Senior Member Joined: May 2008 Posts: 297 Thanks: 81  Beer soaked opinion follows. Quote:
It feels easier to recreate without consulting a textbook especially when you've forgotten more than half of what you've learned from plane geometry. You just sketch the unit circle and voila; everything seems clear.  
May 29th, 2018, 09:22 AM  #14 
Newbie Joined: May 2018 From: Idaho, USA Posts: 9 Thanks: 1 
Hello, I’m sorry I have not been a long time, I had some really rough things happen. I was looking at everybody’s equations they recommended. I did a little experiment, and I tried your equations. I also did an equation that I told you about earlier that I made up, which is 2.37765r^2. After doing all your equations, and mine, I realize that we are all right. All these equations, even mine, get the same answer. If there was a mixup, I apologize. Thanks for helping me out with the formulas. Jared 

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