The number $\pi$ is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Understanding its various properties and computing its numerical value drove the study of much mathematics throughout history. Questions regarding this special number and its properties fit in here.

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Value of $\pi$ by Aryabhata

Aryabhata gave accurate approximate value of $\pi$. He wrote in Aryabhatiya following: add 4 to 100, multiply by 8 and then add 62,000. The result is approximately the circumference of circle of ...
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How to prove that $\cos(\pi÷11)+\cos(3\pi÷11)+\cos(5\pi÷11)+\cos(7\pi÷11)+\cos(9\pi÷11)=0.5$? [duplicate]

I need to prove that $$\cos\dfrac{\pi}{11}+\cos\dfrac{3\pi}{11}+\cos\dfrac{5\pi}{11}+\cos\dfrac{7\pi}{11}+\cos\dfrac{9\pi}{11}=\dfrac{1}{2}$$ How to do it?
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Patterns in pi in “Contact”

In Carl Sagan's novel Contact, the main character (Ellie Arroway) is told by an alien that certain megastructures in the universe were created by an unknown advanced intelligence that left messages ...
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Which is greater $e^{\pi}$ or $\pi^e$? [duplicate]

Recently I asked a question on Maths SE Proof that at most one of $e\pi$ and $e+\pi$ can be rational after solving this one one I was thinking whether $e^\pi$ is greater or $\pi^e$ ? On calculating ...
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How can I improve my explanation of why the ratio $\pi=\frac{C}{d}$ holds for all circles?

I'm trying to informally explain why $\pi$ holds for all circles. I would like to know if there is anything pertinent that I can add, or that is wrong with this explanation. It's an explanation, not ...
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Rational approximation of pi

I found this problem intriguing: $355 / 113 = 3.14159292035398\ldots$ gives the approximation of $\pi$ in $7$ correct numbers, say $C(355/113)=7$, but it number of digits in numerator + number of ...
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How to show$\frac{\pi}{4} = \frac{2\cdot4\cdot4\cdot6\cdot6\cdot8 \dotsm}{3\cdot3\cdot5\cdot5\cdot7\cdot7 \dotsm}$?

I am doing the exercises of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. In exercise 1.31 the following equation is casually shown as an approximation of $\pi$: $$\frac{\pi}{4} = ...
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Proof that at most one of $e\pi$ and $e+\pi$ can be rational

$e$ and $\pi$ are rather peculiar numbers. It turns out that, in addition to being irrational numbers, they are also transcendental numbers. Basically, a number is transcendental if there are no ...
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$e^{\pi\sqrt N}$ is very close to an integer for some smallish $N$s. What about $\pi^{e\sqrt N}$?

Heegner numbers (1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 19, 43, 67, 163 - let's use symbol $H_n$) are know for peculiar property that $e^{\pi\sqrt{H_n}}$ are almost integers: $$e^{\pi \sqrt{19}} \approx 96^3+744-0.22$$ ...
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How was this approximation of $\pi$ involving $\sqrt{5}$ arrived at?

The Wikipedia article for Approximations of $\pi$ contains this little gem: $$ \pi \approx \frac{63}{25}\times\frac{17 + 15\sqrt{5}}{7 + 15\sqrt{5}} $$ which is clearly in $\mathbb{Q[\sqrt{5}]}$. ...
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“Bizarre” continued fraction of Ramanujan! But where's the proof?

$$\frac{e^\pi-1}{e^\pi+1}=\cfrac\pi{2+\cfrac{\pi^2}{6+\cfrac{\pi^2}{10+\cfrac{\pi^2}{14+...}}}}$$ "Bizarre" continued fraction of Ramanujan! But where's the proof? i have no training in continued ...
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Geometrical interpretation of $\pi=\int_0^1\frac{4}{1+x^2}dx$.

How to show that $$\pi=\int_0^1\frac{4}{1+x^2}dx?$$ I know how to do it symbolically by using that $\frac{d}{dx}\arctan x=\frac{1}{1+x^2}$. But is there a geometrical interpretation of this result?
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A calculation that goes awfully wrong if we let $\pi=22/7$

Me and one of my friends had an argument and he said that using $22/7$ as value of $\pi$ is sufficient for any calculation. Can we always take it $22/7$, or is there some example of some calculation ...
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Simple proof that $\pi$ is irrational - using prime factors of denominator

Simple proof that $\pi$ is irrational Consider the Gregory - Leibniz series for $\pi/4$: $$\frac \pi 4 = 1 - \frac 1 3 + \frac 1 5 + \cdots $$ Let $A_n/B_n$ be the irreducible fraction given by ...
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How do I correctly measure the circumference of a circle

I found How exactly do you measure circumference or diameter? but it was more related to how people measured circumference and diameter in old days. BUT now we have a formula, but the value of PI ...
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$\pi$ in terms of $4$?

I'm trying to define $\pi$ in terms of $4$ by placing a unit circle inside a square, and subtracting the corners of the square. I'm attempting to use summation to define the area of a corner, then ...
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Integrating the normal distribution over rational numbers?

Is it possible to integrate the normal distribution over rational numbers? What is the value of such integral? Is it $\pi$ minus the integral over irrational numbers?
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Proof for $-4\pi^2+48\ne A+B\pi+C\pi^2$ when $(A,B,C)\ne (48,0,-4)$

I have to prove $-4\pi^2+48\ne A+B\pi+C\pi^2$ when $(A,B,C)\ne (48,0,-4)$ $A,B,C \in \mathbb{Q}$ As a part of question I try to solve.
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Finding Reference Angles in Precalculus?

I'm reviewing for an exam, and having some trouble with reference angles depending on the quadrant they lie in. For example, my book shows the following: I get the part about subtracting 12pi/6, ...
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$\pi + e$ is rational or $\pi-e$ is rational

I was asked to find the truth value of the statement: $$ \pi + e \; \text{ is rational or } \pi - e\; \text{ is rational } $$ I am only allowed to use the fact that $\pi, e $ are irrational ...
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What's the value of tau?

I've seen $\tau$ on a title of a YouTube video and I need help knowing what the value is. I'm serious. I've never heard of the value. So, what is it? Also, is it rational or irrational (this part ...
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Value of Pi derivation

Derive the value of Pi. I want with explanation. Is there any possible way? How do scientists calculate it?
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Does $\pi$ contain any zeroes?

Let's say we have two functions, $f$ and $g$. $f:\mathbb{R}\mapsto [0,1]$ where $0,1$ denote true, false respectively. $f(x)=1$ when $x$ contains any zeroes as a digit; $f(x)=0$ otherwise. Now let's ...
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How did Pi originate?

What methods/calculations were used to calculate the value of pi (3.14....). Was it simply determined by calculating the circumference of a circle then dividing by the diameter, or some other method?
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How come $\pi$ is usually approximated as 3.14 or 22/7?

I've heard that $\pi$ is usually approximated as 3.14, but it can also be approximated as 22/7, which is equal to 3.142857142857142857.... Guess what? $\pi$ can also be approximated as 355/113, ...
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Prove this inequality $ \sqrt{5} > \frac {13 + 4\pi}{24 - 4\pi} $ [closed]

$$ \sqrt{5} > \frac {13 + 4\pi}{24 - 4\pi} $$
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Does the perimeter of a 2-D object “count” toward its area?

I'm writing a quick Monte-Carlo simulation for a class in Matlab in order to estimate the value of pi as demonstrated in this gif: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pi_30K.gif However, I'm not sure ...
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Can $\pi$ be a ratio of angles?

I know that $\pi$ is the ratio between various measurements in 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. (For example, $V=\pi r^2h$ for a right circular cylinder can be written as $\pi=\frac{V}{r^2h}$) The golden ...
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Will the Declaration of Independence ever show up in pi? [duplicate]

If pi goes on forever and is completely random, if ascii would be mapped onto pi would you eventually find the Declaration of Independence in it? If so, by what digit of pi can we reasonably expect ...
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An Inequality involving integration

Show that $$\int_{0}^{\pi} \left|\frac{\sin nx}{x}\right| dx \ge \frac{2}{\pi}\left( 1 + \frac{1}{2} + \cdots + \frac{1}{n} \right)$$ How do I go about proving this inequality ?
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Evaluate the integrals in $\int_{0}^{1} \frac {x^4(1-x)^4}2\, dx \le \int_{0}^{1} \frac {x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}\, dx \leq \int_{0}^{1} {x^4(1-x)^4}\, dx$

Note that when $0\le x \le 1$ we have $$\frac 12 \le \frac 1 {1+x^2} \le 1.$$ Hence, $$\int_{0}^{1} \frac {x^4(1-x)^4}2\, dx \le \int_{0}^{1} \frac {x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}\, dx \leq \int_{0}^{1} ...
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Could we calculate pi using an iterative series

I know that, as a hobbyist mathematician, this is generally a term we can use to express pi \begin{equation*} \frac{\pi}{4} = 1 - \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{5} - \frac{1}{7} + \frac{1}{9} - \frac{1}{11} ...
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Is it known if $\pi + e$ is transcendental over the rational numbers?

I recall reading a comment on reddit that had stated that it is not known if $\pi + e$, (nor $\pi e$) is transcendental over $\mathbb{Q}$, nor even if it is irrational. Is this true? It strikes me as ...
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What is the probability of getting the exact number of expected digits ($0-9$) in $10^6$ digits of $\pi$?

I noticed that at $1$ million digits of $\pi$, none of the digits has the "perfect" expected $100{,}000$ occurrences. My question is what is the probability (if the digits are truly random) of at ...
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Relationship between Pi and Phi using the Great Pyramid of Giza?

In a documentation about the Great Pyramid of Giza, I heared following three theses about its measurements and the numbers $\pi$ and $\phi$ (the golden ratio). Measurement The Great Pyramid of ...
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How to make π degree angle?

Can we make π degree angle? π is a decimal and angles are divided into minutes and seconds, but, I think (I'm not sure), we can still divide 1 degree into decimal parts (we can divide 1 degree into ...
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(UPDATED) Why didn't Archimedes further approximate $\pi$ this way (or did he)?

Update is at bottom of my post. I saw on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rJdkhlWZVQ) a way to approximate $\pi$ starting with a hexagon inscribed inside a circle of unit radius. It uses ...
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$\pi$ normal to the base $10$ [closed]

If $\pi$ is normal to base $10$, why would we expect to find a string of ten $0$'s in its decimal expansion?
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Show that $\int_0^r \frac{\mathrm{d}t}{\sqrt{r^2 - t^2}} $ is independent of $r$

I'm trying to show that the integral $$\int_0^r \frac{1}{\sqrt{r^2 - t^2}}\mathrm{d}t$$ is independent of $r$, without using trigonometric functions (namely, $t=\cos s$ and such). Can it be done? ...
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Is this a true statement? [duplicate]

This is a 9GAG picture I saw tonight. The way it's put, it is evidently false, since 0.10100100010000… (the powers of 10 all in a row) is definitely decimal, infinite and nonrepeating (or in one ...
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Do the $2^n$ hyper-octants of a $n$-sphere always have a $n$-dimensional right angle? Is $\pi/2$ only fundamental in $2$ and $3$ dimensions?

In $2$ dimensions, a $2$-sphere can be divided into $2^2 = 4$ congruent pieces, the $4$ quadrants, each of angle $\pi/2$ radians. In $3$ dimensions, a $3$-sphere can be divided into $2^3 = 8$ ...
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A Mathematical Coincidence, or more?

According to the paper "Ten Problems in Experimental Mathematics", $$\int_0^\infty \cos(2x)\prod_{n=1}^\infty \cos\left(\frac{x}{n}\right)dx \quad = \quad \frac{\pi}{8}\color{blue}{-7.407 \times ...
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Proving that $\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{2^{-5k}(6k+1)((2k-1)!!)^3}{4(k!)^3} = {1\over\pi}$

While trying to prove that $$(1)\qquad x\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{2^{-5k}(6k+1)((2k-1)!!)^3}{4(k!)^3} = 1 \implies x=\pi$$ I got to a point, using W|A, where I have to prove that $$\color{red}{(2)\qquad ...
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Methods for calculating $\pi$ that use the sphere?

The area of the unit circle is $\pi$ and its circumference is $2\pi$. Consequently, many elementary methods for calculating and approximating $\pi$ use a geometric approach on the circle, such as ...
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Prove this formula for $\pi$

I have to use a certain approximation for $\pi$ for my computer science class, but I don't really understand what's going on, other than that this is related to the Taylor polynomial for arctangent. ...
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How prove $\pi^2>2^\pi$

show that $$\pi^2>2^\pi$$ I use computer found $$\pi^2-2^\pi\approx 1.044\cdots,$$ can see this I know $$\Longleftrightarrow \dfrac{\ln{\pi}}{\pi}>\dfrac{\ln{2}}{2}$$ so let ...
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Looking for a closed form for $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\left( \zeta(2k)-\beta(2k)\right)$

For some time I've been playing with this kind of sums, for example I was able to find that $$ \frac{\pi}{2}=1+2\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\left( \zeta(2k+1)-\beta(2k+1)\right) $$ where $$ ...
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Approximating Pirrational Numbers

A while back I wrote this question on PPCG.SE about the numbers I termed Pirrational numbers. They are defined as follows: Let $P_i$ be the $i$th Pirrational number for some $i \in \mathbb{N}_0$ ...
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A question about infinitie series and pi

This is the sequence that can be used to find an exact value of pi 4/1−4/3+4/5−4/7+4/9−4/11…..(to infinity) = 𝜋 Or (1/1−1/3+1/5−1/7+1/9−1/11….. (to infinity) )= 𝜋/4 Given that we have this ...
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$\lim_{n\to\infty}\sqrt{6}^{\ n}\underbrace{\sqrt{3-\sqrt{6+\sqrt{6+\dotsb+\sqrt{6}}}}}_{n\text{ square root signs}}$

We have the following representation of pi: $$\pi=\lim_{n\to\infty}2^n \underbrace{\sqrt{2-\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\dotsb+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2}}}}}}}}}}_{n\text{ square root ...