Justin Carlton
PI DAY
3/14/13
* Definition of pi: Pi is the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet. It is equal to 3.141592 when shortened, but never ends.

* Archimedes-One of the major contributions Archimedes made to mathematics was his method for approximating the value of pi. It had long been recognized that the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter was constant, and a number of approximations had been given up to that point in time. Archimedes was the first person to calculate the value of pi.

* Ptolemy- Ptolemy was an observer and mathematician who had written on astronomical topics such as conjunctions. He devised proofs and theorems in which he was able to evaluate pi. His calculations were pi= 3+17/120=3.14166.

* William Jones- Jones was a mathematician, known for his proposal for the use of the symbol π for pi to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

* PI Jokes
Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Answer: Pumpkin Pi!
Q: What was Sir Isaac Newton's favorite dessert? A: Apple pi!

Mathematician: Pi r squared
Baker: No! Pie are round, cakes are square!

* A transcendental number is a number that is not the root of any integer polynomial, meaning that it is not an algebraic number of any degree. Every real transcendental number must also be irrational, since a rational number is, by definition, an algebraic number of degree one. Ferdinand von Lindeman first called pi a transcendental number

* Irrational number is a real number that cannot be expressed as a rational number. In 1761 Lambert proved that Pi was irrational, that it can't be written as a ratio of integer numbers.

Web pages used:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pi...

...π (sometimes written pi) is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in the Euclidean plane; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.14159265 in the usual decimal notation. Many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π, which makes it one of the most important mathematical constants.
π is an irrational number, which means that its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction m/n, where m and n are integers. Consequently, its decimal representation never ends or repeats. It is also a transcendental number, which implies, among other things, that no finite sequence of algebraic operations on integers (powers, roots, sums, etc.) can be equal to its value; proving this was a late achievement in mathematical history and a significant result of 19th century German mathematics. Throughout the history of mathematics, there has been much effort to determine π more accurately and to understand its nature; fascination with the number has even carried over into non-mathematical culture.
Probably because of the simplicity of its definition, the concept of π has become entrenched in popular culture to a degree far greater than almost any other mathematical construct. It is, perhaps, the most common ground between mathematicians and non-mathematicians. Reports on the latest, most-precise calculation of π (and related...

...π (sometimes written pi) is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. It is approximately equal to 3.141593 in the usual decimal notation (see the table for its representation in some other bases). The constant is also known as Archimedes Constant, although this name is rather uncommon in modern, western, English-speaking contexts. Many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π, which is one of the most important mathematical and physical constants.[5]
π is an irrational number, which means that its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction m/n, where m and n are integers. Consequently, its decimal representation never ends or repeats. It is also a transcendental number, which implies, among other things, that no finite sequence of algebraic operations on integers (powers, roots, sums, etc.) can be equal to its value; proving this was a late achievement in mathematical history and a significant result of 19th century German mathematics. Throughout the history of mathematics, there has been much effort to determine π more accurately and to understand its nature; fascination with the number has even carried over into non-mathematical culture.
The Greek letter π, often spelled out pi in text, was adopted for the number from the Greek word for perimeter "περίμετρος",...

...What is π?
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines π as "1: the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet... 2 a: the symbol pi denoting the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter b: the ratio itself: a transcendental number having a value to eight decimal places of 3.14159265"
A number can be placed into several categories based on its properties. Is it prime or composite? Is it imaginary or real? Is it transcendental or algebraic? These questions help define a number's behavior in different situations. In order to understand where π fits in to the world of mathematics, one must understand several of its properties: π is irrational and π is transcendental.
The History of π
In the long history of the number π, there have been many twists and turns, many inconsistencies that reflect the condition of the human race as a whole. Through each major period of world history and in each regional area, the state of intellectual thought, the state of mathematics, and hence the state of π, has been dictated by the same socio-economic and geographic forces as every other aspect of civilization. The following is a brief history, organized by period and region, of the development of our understanding of the number π.
In ancient times, π was discovered independently by the first civilizations to begin agriculture. Their new sedentary life style first freed up time for mathematical pondering, and the need for permanent shelter necessitated the...

...Before I talk about the history of Pi I want to explain what Pi is. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines Pi as "1: the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet... 2 a: the symbol pi denoting the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter b: the ratio itself: a transcendental number having a value to eight decimal places of 3.14159265" A number can be placed into several categories based on its properties. Is it prime or composite? Is it imaginary or real? Is it transcendental or algebraic? These questions help define a number's behavior in different situations. In order to understand where Pi fits in to the world of mathematics, one must understand several of its properties pi is irrational and pi is transcendental.
A rational number is one that can be expressed as the fraction of two integers. Rational numbers converted into decimal notation always repeat themselves somewhere in their digits. For example, 3 is a rational number as it can be written as 3/1 and in decimal notation it is expressed with an infinite amount of zeros to the right of the decimal point. 1/7 is also a rational number. Its decimal notation is 0.142857142857…, a repetition of six digits. However, the square root of 2 cannot be written as the fraction of two integers and is therefore irrational.
For many centuries prior to the actual proof, mathematicians had thought that...

...The History of Pi
Throughout the history of mathematics, one of the most enduring challenges has been the calculation of the ratio between a circle's circumference and diameter, which has come to be known by the Greek letter pi. From ancient Babylonia to the Middle Ages in Europe to the present day of supercomputers, mathematicians have been striving to calculate the mysterious number. They have searched for exact fractions, formulas, and, more recently, patterns in the long string of numbers starting with 3.14159 2653..., which is generally shortened to 3.14. William L. Schaaf once said, "Probably no symbol in mathematics has evoked as much mystery, romanticism, misconception and human interest as the number pi" (Blatner, 1). We will probably never know who first discovered that the ratio between a circle's circumference and diameter is constant, nor will we ever know who first tried to calculate this ratio. The people who initiated the hunt for pi were the Babylonians and Egyptians, nearly 4000 years ago. It is not clear how they found their approximation for pi, but one source (Beckman) makes the claim that they simply made a big circle, and then measured the circumference and diameter with a piece of rope. They used this method to find that pi was slightly greater than 3, and came up with the value 3 1/8 or 3.125 (Beckmann, 11). However, this theory is probably a...

...The History of Pi
The History of Pi
Most individuals who have a general mathematical education that touches on the basics of geometry commonly know pi. The definition of pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of the circle (Smoller, 2001). The majority of the population, however, does not realize the history associated with the symbol, which not only spans throughout the centuries but throughout the millenniums. The Babylonians, Egyptians, Archimedes of Syracuse, Leonardo of Pisa, Francois Viete, Leonhard Euler, Asian mathematicians such as Liu Hiu, Tsu Ch’ung-Chih, Arya Bhatta, Gottfried Leibniz, Isaac Newton, William Jones, John Machin. George Buffon and Srinivasa Ramanujan, have all played a role in the enriched past of this important mathematical symbol.
The ancient Babylonians dates back to the 18th century BCE and reigned in Mesopotamia. The Babylonia, even though it declined drastically in the 17th century, existed until 539 when the Persians consumed Babylonia (Kjeilen, 2009). During this time, they made magnificentstructures with archways that held religious emphasis. The Babylonians used a developed mathematical system, which included six as the root number as opposed to 10 which are commonly used today (Kjeilen, 2009). Even though the Babylonians has a variation on their mathematical system, they calculated the area of a circle by taking three times the square of its radius. One old...

...History of Pi
There are many people who have discovered and proved what pi is. As time goes on people discover more and more of the seemingly random numbers. Four of the people who proved pi are the Liu Hui, Archimedes of Syracuse, James Gregory, and the Bible.
The first proof I will be talking about is Liu Hui’s. Liu Hui was a Chinese mathematician whose method for proving pi was to find the area of a polygon inscribed in a circle. When the number of sides on the inscribed polygon increased, its area became closer to the circumference of a circle and pi. For finding the side length of an inscribed polygon Liu Hui used a simple formula. (13Ma3)
To find the side length of an inscribed polygon of 2n sides, if the side length of a polygon with n sides is known he used the following formula:
In this formula k stands for a temporary variable, and Sn stands for the side length of an inscribed polygon with n sides. (13Ma3)
We will start with a hexagon inside of a circle. The radius of the circle is one, the area is pi. The side length of the hexagon is 1. To calculate the next k value, all we need to do is do an addition and a square root like in the following:
The area of a regular polygon is A=1/2nsa. The n stands for number of sides, s stands for side length, and a stands for apothem. As the number of sides increases, the apothem becomes closer and closer to the radius so...

...Pi is an ancient and wonderful Number to the World of Mathematics invented with the Geometrical structure Circle.
CIRCLE
It is felt that the creation of the Circle is not created by the man himself but came through the inspiration of Nature itself. The shape of Sun, Full Moon, Eyes are some examples for it.
Some basic things :
There are 3 major parts to remember.
Radius : The straight line drawn to the Circumference of the Circle from the Centre point.
Diameter : Diameter is the straight line drawn from one point of the circumference to another point of the circumference through the center point (Origin) .
Circumference:
Circumference is the curved line drawn from the origin of the Circle having equal radii.
It is evident that so many people from ancient period tried to understand the nature of a Circle.
They found the relationship between the Circumference and radius of the Circle.
Circumference increases with the increase in Radius or Diameter
Pi is the ratio of Circumference of the Circle to its Diameter .
The value of Pi (Its value is Constant) is very essential factor to know the Area of a Circle.
Finding the Value of Pi is not a simple thing because the measurement of the Circumference is not so easy.
So many people tried to know the value of Pi by
different mathematical methods.
It is believed that the Egyptians and...