Determining the Value of PiDate: 8/5/96 at 16:17:33 From: Patrick Caswell Subject: How do You Get Pi? How can you determine a value of Pi? Is Pi the circumference of a circle divided by the radius? Date: 8/5/96 at 17:33:55 From: Doctor Paul Subject: Re: How do You Get Pi? Not quite. Pi can be found by dividing the circumference by the diameter. Note: it has been proven that Pi is irrational. This means it cannot be expressed as a whole number divided by another whole number. So if you are planning on measuring the circumference and dividing it by the diameter, both numbers cannot be whole. If they are, one of two things has happened: 1) You are dealing with an oval 2) You have disproven every great mathematician in history. *grin* -Doctor Paul, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
Search the Dr. Math Library: |
[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]
Ask Dr. Math^{TM}
© 1994-2015 The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/