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Remembering Pi

Date: 08/27/2001 at 22:34:12
From: Paul
Subject: An easy way of getting to Pi

I would like to find out two things:

1) Is there an easy way of finding Pi, only to 3.141592654, that is 
memorizable and not too confusing? I memorized 3.14 a long time ago, 
but for when I am not using a scientific calculator, is there an easy 
way to get i? I already know 22/7, but that is off by 0.00126. 

2) Why did I learn in fifth grade that pi was 3.14285714?

Thank you for your time and effort!

Date: 08/28/2001 at 09:26:40
From: Doctor Peterson
Subject: Re: An easy way of getting to Pi

Hi, Paul.

Ten digits are perfectly possible to memorize; people have gone a lot 
farther. I myself use 3.14159, which is more than enough for most 

3.14285714 is 22/7 to eight decimal places; you must have thought that 
was actually equal to pi. Just unlearn what you learned in fifth grade 
and replace it with the right value.

Another well-known approximation, which is quite easy to memorize, is 
355/113; this equals 3.14159292... and is as good as the decimal I 

Note that the odd numbers 1, 3, and 5 appear twice each, in a simple 
pattern: 113,355, denominator first. Nothing could be much easier than 

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