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Objective

To know about n the ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter

Procedure

1. Collected information about n from teachers, books and internet

2. Collected work done by various mathematicians on n.

3. Written value of n up to 50 places of decimal.

What is

It is the sixteenth letter of Greek alphabets. Old Greek texts used it to represent number 80. Many mathematical, science and engineering formulae involve n, which makes it one of the most important mathematical constants.

n = 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510

When was w first used in its present form?

It is believed that pie was first used to represent ratio of circumference of a circle to its diameter by William Jones in 1706 in his book Palmoriorum Matheseos. Leonhard Euler a swiss mathematician also used n in its present way.

What is value of w?

1. After the invention of wheel perhaps it was required to know the distance travelled by a wheel with particular diameter.

Initially it was found that the distance travelled by a wheel was a little more than three time the diameter. Further research showed that distance travelled by wheel was approximately equal to 3 times

diameter + %L = 11 of diameter. (2r)2 14

2. Ahmes – An an Egyptian Mathematician calculated the value of

256

n as —— using area. This is good approximation of value of n.

n = 3.1415926535

8979323846 2643383279 5828841971 693993751©

5820974944 5923078164

0628620899 8628034825 3421170679

3. Who gave n = —? Archimedes said that ratio of area of a circle

To that of square with side equal to circles diameter is close to

22

11:14. Solving this we get the value of n = —

Calculation

area of circle _ 11 area of square 14

nr2 11

or ——-  _ —

(2r )2 14

22

or n = —

4. Chinese Contribution

(a) Liu Hui in 263 used regular polygons with increased number of

3927

sides to approximate the value of n as_________

1250

355

(b) Zu Chongzhi gave value of value of n as ^^

n

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5. Indian Contribution

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(a) Aryabhata in 499 gave value of n as___________

v1 s 20000

(b) Brahmagupta in 640 gave value of n as V10

(c) S. Ramanujan gave value of n correct uto 8 places of decimal .

6. Yasumasa Kanada and his team in Tokyo calculated the value of n to 1.24 trillion decimal places.

Is n rational or irrational?

n is an irrational number was first proved by Johann Heinrich Lambert by showing that this continued fraction expansion holds.

tan(V) = ———–

a?

s2

3-

x2

5­7- ■■

Then Lambert proved that if x £ 0 is rational, then the right-hand side of this expression must be irrational. Since tan (n/4) = 1, it follows that n/4 is irrational and therefore that n is irrational

Ivan Niven and Mary Cartwright also gave their proofs.

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