pi - The ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter.

Compiled by Paul Bourke


100 Decimal places

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679

Base 2

11.0010010000111111011010101000100010000101101000110000100011010011

Approximations

22/7 is correct to 3 decimal places (used by Egyptians around 1000BC)

In the 3rd century Archimedes approximated a circle by a 96 sided polygon and determined that 3 + 10/71 < pi < 3 + 1/7.

666/212 is correct to 4 decimal places.

355/113 is correct to 6 decimal places.

104348/33215 is correct to 8 decimal places.

Nearly one of the roots to 9x4 - 240x2 + 1492 = 0

Series Expansions

The following is attributed to the English mathematician John Wallis in 1655.

           4 * 4 * 6 * 6 * 8 * 8 * 10 * 10 * 12 * 12 .....
pi =  8 * -------------------------------------------------
           3 * 3 * 5 * 5 * 7 * 7 * 9 * 9 * 11 * 11 ....

This one by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in 1671

pi = 4 * (1 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + 1/9 - 1/11 + ....)

And this one by the Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler.

pi = sqrt(12 - (12/22) + (12/32) - (12/42) + (12/52) .... )

Some more involved expansions are given below.

pi =

pi =

pi =

If a needle of unit length is randomly thrown onto a plane which is covered with parallel lines 1 unit apart the probability that the needle will intersect a line is 2/pi.

The probability that two integers chosen at random have no common factors greater than 1 is 6/pi2

More decimal places

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862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284
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252716201052652272111660396 




PHI, the golden ratio

(Also known as the golden mean)

Written by Paul Bourke
May 1990, Updated January 1995


Definition

Break a line segment into two such that the ratio of the whole to the longest segment is the same as the ratio of the two segments. From the diagram below.

The condition can expressed as a/b = 1/a. This can be rearranged and expressed as a quadratic.

There are two solutions, phi-1 and -phi where

This is the original Greek definition, often phi-1 is used instead.

Solution of a quadratic

Normally the quadratic for which phi is the quoted solution is

The solutions being phi and phi-1

Relationships

phix+1 = phix + phix-1

Continued fractions

phi =

phi = sqrt(1 + sqrt(1 + sqrt(1 + sqrt(1 + .....))))

Relationship to the Fibonacci series

Consider the first order Fibonacci series

x0, x1, x2 ..... xi ..... where xi = xi-1 + xi-2
The ratio

This tends to phi as i tends to infinity. That is, the ratio of consecutive terms in such a series approaches phi, this is true independent of the starting points of the series. The zero order series starts with 1 and 1 as below.

1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 etc

the ratio of consecutive pairs are

1 0.5 0.67 0.6 0.625 0.6154 0.619 0.6176 0.6182 etc

The ratio of terms of this series as converged to 3 decimal places after only 10 terms.

2 dimensional golden ratio

An alternative definition which is the 2D version of the original definition based on the line segment is: "find a rectangle such that when a square is removed the remaining rectangle has the same proportions as the original". The solution to this is a rectangle with the ratio of its sides being phi.

These rectangles can be inscribed in a so called logarithmic spiral also known as equiangular spirals. Such spirals and occur frequently in nature, for example: shells, sunflowers, and pine cones. The limit point of the spiral is called the "eye of God".

Phi Pyramid

Unique sequence

Find an additive series such that

The only solution is the series

Note: the terms of the series describe a 1,phi Fibonacci sequence.

Phi to 1000 decimal places
1.618033988749894848204586834365638117720309179805762862135448
  622705260462818902449707207204189391137484754088075386891752
  126633862223536931793180060766726354433389086595939582905638
  322661319928290267880675208766892501711696207032221043216269
  548626296313614438149758701220340805887954454749246185695364
  864449241044320771344947049565846788509874339442212544877066
  478091588460749988712400765217057517978834166256249407589069
  704000281210427621771117778053153171410117046665991466979873
  176135600670874807101317952368942752194843530567830022878569
  978297783478458782289110976250030269615617002504643382437764
  861028383126833037242926752631165339247316711121158818638513
  316203840052221657912866752946549068113171599343235973494985
  090409476213222981017261070596116456299098162905552085247903
  524060201727997471753427775927786256194320827505131218156285
  512224809394712341451702237358057727861600868838295230459264
  787801788992199027077690389532196819861514378031499741106926
  088674296226757560523172777520353613936




sqrt(2) - square root of two


1000 decimal places

1.41421356237309504880168872420969807856967187537694807317667
9737990732478462107038850387534327641572735013846230912297024
9248360558507372126441214970999358314132226659275055927557999
5050115278206057147010955997160597027453459686201472851741864
0889198609552329230484308714321450839762603627995251407989687
2533965463318088296406206152583523950547457502877599617298355
7522033753185701135437460340849884716038689997069900481503054
4027790316454247823068492936918621580578463111596668713013015
6185689872372352885092648612494977154218334204285686060146824
7207714358548741556570696776537202264854470158588016207584749
2265722600208558446652145839889394437092659180031138824646815
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7398552561173220402450912277002269411275736272804957381089675
0401836986836845072579936472906076299694138047565482372899718
0326802474420629269124859052181004459842150591120249441341728
5314781058036033710773091828693147101711116839165817268894197
5871658215212822951848847




e - base of the natural logarithm

Compiled by Paul Bourke


Definitions

If you are paid 100% interest on an investment which is compounded continuously then you will multiply your investment by e each year. Mathematically

Also

e =

Another nice characteristic of e, what function equals it's own derivative, the answer is f(x) = ex

1000 decimal places

2.71828182845904523536028747135266249775724709369995957496696
7627724076630353547594571382178525166427427466391932003059921
8174135966290435729003342952605956307381323286279434907632338
2988075319525101901157383418793070215408914993488416750924476
1460668082264800168477411853742345442437107539077744992069551
7027618386062613313845830007520449338265602976067371132007093
2870912744374704723069697720931014169283681902551510865746377
2111252389784425056953696770785449969967946864454905987931636
8892300987931277361782154249992295763514822082698951936680331
8252886939849646510582093923982948879332036250944311730123819
7068416140397019837679320683282376464804295311802328782509819
4558153017567173613320698112509961818815930416903515988885193
4580727386673858942287922849989208680582574927961048419844436
3463244968487560233624827041978623209002160990235304369941849
1463140934317381436405462531520961836908887070167683964243781
4059271456354906130310720851038375051011574770417189861068739
6965521267154688957035035

The following relationship links i = sqrt(-1), pi, and e together

ei pi = -1




ln(10) - natural logarithm of ten


1000 decimal places

2.30258509299404568401799145468436420760110148862877297603332
7900967572609677352480235997205089598298341967784042286248633
4095254650828067566662873690987816894829072083255546808437998
9482623319852839350530896537773262884616336622228769821988674
6543667474404243274365155048934314939391479619404400222105101
7141748003688084012647080685567743216228355220114804663715659
1213734507478569476834636167921018064450706480002775026849167
4655058685693567342067058113642922455440575892572420824131469
5689016758940256776311356919292033376587141660230105703089634
5720754403708474699401682692828084811842893148485249486448719
2780967627127577539702766860595249671667418348570442250719796
5004714951050492214776567636938662976979522110718264549734772
6624257094293225827985025855097852653832076067263171643095059
9508780752371033310119785754733154142180842754386359177811705
4309827482385045648019095610299291824318237525357709750539565
1876975103749708886921802051893395072385392051446341972652872
8696511086257149219884997




Sumerian Arithmetic

Written by Paul Bourke
March 1999


The ancient Sumerian mathematics was based upon a weird mixture of base 6 and 10. In our decimal system a number is decomposed into multiples of powers of ten. In the general case one finds solutions for the ai coefficients so that following sum equals the number in question.

an 10n + an-1 10n-1 + ..... + a2 102 + a1 101 + a0 100

So for example 8562 = 8 * 103 + 5 * 102 + 6 * 101 + 2 * 100

Arithmetic in other bases follows the same system, for example, in base 6 a number is represented as follows.

an 6n + an-1 6n-1 + ..... + a2 62 + a1 61 + a0 60

For example, the base 10 number 8562 would be written as 103350

8562base 10 = 103350base 6 = 1 * 65 + 0 * 64 + 3 * 63 + 3 * 62 + 5 * 61 + 0 * 60

The Sumerian system was built up of an alternating mixture of the two bases, 10 and 6, which has been referred to as a sexadecimal system. A number was decomposed as follows:

a4,4 64 104 + a3,4 63 104 + a3,3 63 103 + a2,3 62 103 + a2,2 62 102 + a1,2 61 102 + a1,1 61 101 + a0,1 60 101 + a0,0 60 100

a4,4 12960000 + a3,4 2160000 + a3,3 216000 + a2,3 36000 + a2,2 3600 + a1,2 600 + a1,1 60 + a0,1 10 + a0,0 1

Using the earlier example

8562base 10 = 13742Sumerian = 1 * a2,2 + 3 * a1,2 + 7 * a1,1 + 4 * a0,1 + 2 * a0,0

Unlike the general case which can be used to represent any number no matter how large, the Sumerian system stopped at 12960000. Indeed this was a highly significant number to them, similar to our infinity.




Square Root Algorithms

Written by Paul Bourke


Interesting solution to finding the sqrt of an integer

Add up all the odd numbers from 1 while the sum is less than or equal to the number whose square root is being sought. The number of odd numbers needed is the square root.
For example, the integer square root of 23 = 4

1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 16
1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 = 25

Algorithm example

long sqrt(r)
long r;
{
   long t,b,c=0;

   for (b=0x10000000;b!=0;b>>=2) {
      t = c + b;
      c >>= 1;
      if (t <= r) {
         r -= t;
         c += b;
      }
   }
   return(c);
}
Contribution by Lionel Dangerfield

I recently noted your site that addressed finding the integer square root of a number using the fact that the sum of the first N odd numbers is N^2. Were you aware a modification of this method can be used to obtain the actual square root of any number? I used this method (source unknown) some 45 years ago using a "hand crank" mechanical calculator to which this method was easily accommodated.  I have searched the web for documentation of this method and yours was the closest one found. It is, of course, totally useless today but, nevertheless somewhat interesting or perhaps amusing. Assuming that you may have an interest, note the following:

There is actually a series of  correlated subtractions; the first determines the digit(s) to the left of the decimal point. The second the first digit to the right, the third the second digit to the  right, etc. SERIES I: If  N is the number, start by subtracting the odd numbers 1,3,5,7,9 etc. from N until the remainder  (R) after a subtraction is less than the next odd number in sequence. At that point, the number of subtractions is equal to the digit(s) of the square root to the left of the decimal point. SERIES II: To begin the next series, multiply the current remainder (R) by 10 and fix the first odd number to be used in this series equal to the last used odd number in the previous series plus 1.1 and continue as noted above. When the remainder (R) is again less than the next odd number in sequence, the first digit to the right of the decimal point is equal to the number of subtractions in that series.  SERIES III: Next again multiply the remainder (R) by 10 and fix the next odd number as the last odd number used plus (this time) 0.11. Continue as noted above except in the next series add 0,011 to the last used odd number. In the next series add 0.0011 etc. This narrative sounds much more complex than it should. Note the following:

EXAMPLE:
Find the sq. root of 28.5156
Series I
28.5156 - ( 1+3+5+7+9) = 3.5156  Five subtractions so the first digit is 5
Note the next odd number , 11, is > 3.5156

Series II
R * 10 = 3.5156 * 10 = 35.156
The next odd number is 9 + 1.1 = 10.1
35.156  -  (10.1 + 10.3+ 10.5 ) =  4.256  Three subtractions so the next digit is 3

Series III
R * 10 = 4.245* 10 = 42.56
The next odd number is 10.5 + 0 .11 = 10.61
42.56 - (10.61 + 10.63 + 10.65 + 10.67) = 0   Four subtractions so the next digit is 4
Since the remainder is zero, the square root of 28.5156 = 5.34

This method appears to work for as many decimal places as you wish to carry it out. I have no clue as to why this appears to work.