# Math Lesson Where is pi on the number line?

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Formulae (infinite sums or products) for pi
Where is pi on the number line?
(Suitable for year 7 to 10)
3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288
41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164
062... ... ...
This non-terminating and non-recurring number is the
most famous of all numbers. Many past (and present)
mathematicians were fascinated by this number.
Some spent much of their lives on the calculation of
this number. It is called pi, and its symbol is  .
It is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its
C
diameter, i.e.   .
d
A= 
C
d
r=1
It is also the area of a unit circle (a circle of radius 1
unit).
The following fractions were used to calculate the
approximate value of  .
25
The Babylonians, 2000BC,  
8
 16 
Ahmes, Egyptian, 1600BC,    
9
22
Archimedes, Greek, 250BC,  
7
377
Ptolemy, Greek, 110,  
120
355
Zu Chongzhi, Chinese, 480,  
113
2
Francois Viete, French, 1592,

1

2
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1



......
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
John Wallis, English, around 1600,
 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10
           ......
2 1 3 3 5 5 7 7 9 9 11
Gottfried Leibniz, German, 1673,
 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
          ......
4 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17
Others,
 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
         ......
4
1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15
 3
1
1
1



 ......
4
2  3 4 4  5 6 6  7  8
2 1 1 1
1
1
1
 2  2  2  2  2  2  ......
6 1
2
3
4
5
6
2
2
2
2

2
3
5
72
112
 2
 2
 2
 2
 2
 ...
6
2  1 3  1 5  1 7  1 11  1
2 1 1 1
1
1
1
 2  2  2  2  2  2  ......
8 1
3
5
7
9
11
Although the value of pi can be calculated by any of
the above definite processes, there is no apparent
pattern at all in the decimal expansion of pi.
Nowadays with the help of fast computers and
improved computational algorithms,  can be
calculated to a huge number of decimal places. The
lattest record is 206 158 430 000 decimal digits, it
was declared in 1999 by Kanada and Takahashi.
103993
,
33102
1,019,514,486,099,146

.
324,521,540,032,945
Johann Lambert, Swiss-German, 1750,  
Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian, 1910,  
99 2
2206 2
63 17  15 5

.

257  15 5 
Exercise
(1) Change the above fraction-approximations of pi
to decimals, correct to as many decimal places as
possible.
(2) Use the above formulae to calculate the decimal
value of pi, correct to as many decimal places as
possible.
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