Can you calculate Pi using a Solver?

12092019, 01:44 PM
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RE: Can you calculate Pi using a Solver?
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Using A Minicalculator to Find An Approximate Value for Π, E. J. Bolduc (University of Florida) "One of the many ways to use a minicalculator in a classroom is in the calculation of an approximate value for n using a variation of the method of Archimedes … if a circle of radius 1 is chosen, then the area of any inscribed polygon is less than Π and the area of any circumscribed polygon is greater than n. He finally arrived at the fact that 3(10/17) < Π < 3(1/7). We can use the idea that, as the numbers of sides of an inscribed polygon increases, the perimeter of the polygon approaches the circumference of the circle and the ratio of the perimeter to the diameter of the circle is an approximation for Π … We now have our iterative formula, S’ = √2r²  r√4r²  S²" I leave the recursion and subsequent calculation to the reader, but after nine iterations, the equation yields 3.141592… BEST! SlideRule 

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