this thread is for Rpenner

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by Jason.Marshall, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. rpenner Fully Wired Valued Senior Member

    To claim my attempts to educate are a waste of time would make me think you think Jason.Marshall is incapable of learning or that learning is valueless or that my time is too valuable to be spend answering Jason.Marshall's questions. Is this your position? Even if it is a waste of my time, what business is it of yours who have never found value in my posts?
    How are physical measurements, with necessarily finite precision, going to establish that the ratio of circumference to diameter is exactly π? What is needed are procedures that generalize to any level of precision. Archimedes gave us such a method, but needed regular 96-gons to demonstrate 3 + 10/71 < π < 22/7. But lots of numbers satisfy 3 + 10/71 < x < 22/7, for example: 355/113 and all numbers of the form (22 n+223)/(7 n+71) where n > 0. Today's modern methods give higher precision answers with much less labor than those of Archimedes but in doing so leave the student without connection to the geometrical problem. So I use antique methods in modern notation. Post #6 gives a result from analysis that π ≠ 3.125, post #14 gives a demonstration of how to proceed from Pythagoras via Newton to a ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle of any radius and relates that to an infinite sum of positive quantities, which prove 3.125 < π. Posts #15 and #18 demonstrate that in the limit of arbitrarily many sides, the perimeter and area of polygons approach a common behavior which is that of the circle, but also that they all share a relation of 2 A = r P. Archimedes developed the first topic:
    The book is puerile and wrong, demonstrating its wrongness is not necessarily trivial depending on the education level of the reader and one would have to have only a superficial understanding of the topic to think the value of π could be settled with a single physical measurement. You have not been elected to judge Jason.Marshall for the rest of us, but instead we are all free to judge his motivation and understanding by his interactions on this forum.
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  3. QuarkHead Remedial Math Student Valued Senior Member

    Am I alone in seeing a certain irony in this?
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  7. Jason.Marshall Banned Banned

    Hey I took a quick look at your explanations it looks thorough as usual what I would expect from you that is why I asked you specifically to answer my question. Right now am currently working on another project so I wont be able accurately respond with full comprehension of everything you are expressing mathematically as accurately as I would like to at the moment but once I do I will let you know what I have concluded and thanks for taking to time to explain yourself thoroughly and objectively and actually taking the question seriously.
  8. RJBeery Natural Philosopher Valued Senior Member

    One of my faves

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  9. rpenner Fully Wired Valued Senior Member

    \( \begin{pmatrix} n - \frac{1}{2} \\ - \frac{1}{2} \end{pmatrix} = \frac{\Gamma \left(n + \frac{1}{2}\right)}{\Gamma \left( \frac{1}{2}\right) \, \Gamma \left(n + 1\right) } =\frac{(2n-1)!!}{(2n)!!} = \prod_{k=1}^{n} \frac{2k-1}{2k} \)

    I coded up a python version 2.6 script that does this calculation with exact arithmetic with ratios of integers almost 6800 digits long. python is installed by default on current Macintoshs and is available for free for Windows and Linux. This program prints in approximate decimal for visual convenience.

    import fractions
    sum = fractions.Fraction()
    binomial = fractions.Fraction(1,1)
    term = binomial * 2
    sum += term
    print str(0) + " -> " + str(float(sum))
    for n in range(1,4625) :
            binomial = binomial * ( 2 * n - 1 ) / ( 2 * n )
            term = binomial * 2 / ( 2 * n + 1 )
            sum += term
            print str(n) + " -> " + str(float(sum))
    print len(str(sum.numerator))
    print len(str(sum.denominator))
    print sum > fractions.Fraction(25,8)
    print sum.limit_denominator(10**6)
    print float(sum - fractions.Fraction(25,8))
    print float(sum - sum.limit_denominator(10**6))
    with (partial) output of :
    0 -> 2.0
    1 -> 2.33333333333
    2 -> 2.48333333333
    3 -> 2.57261904762
    4 -> 2.63338293651
    5 -> 2.67812725469
    6 -> 2.71283278354
    7 -> 2.74076247104
    8 -> 2.76386607283
    9 -> 2.78338929189
    4616 -> 3.12498611799
    4617 -> 3.12498791614
    4618 -> 3.12498971371
    4619 -> 3.1249915107
    4620 -> 3.1249933071
    4621 -> 3.12499510292
    4622 -> 3.12499689815
    4623 -> 3.12499869281
    4624 -> 3.12500048688
    where 1604619/513478 is a better approximation to the sum of 4625 terms than 25/8 is.

    By contrast, a nearly identical perl computation, which uses IEEE approximate math, gives: "4624 -> 3.12500048687689" which is in good agreement, but not all the digits may be trusted. //Edit: and as it turns out, the correct rounded version ends 690 not 689.
    my $sum = 0;
    my $b = 1;
    $sum += (2 * $b) ;
    print 0, " -> ", $sum, "\n";
    for my $n ( 1..4624 ) {
    $b *= ( 2 * $n - 1) / ( 2 * $n );
    $sum += (2 * $b) / ( 2 * $n + 1);
    print $n, " -> ", $sum, "\n";
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2014
  10. Jason.Marshall Banned Banned

    Just one more quick question Rpenner the human calculator lol is there a reacurring pattern in the square root of "10368"
  11. rpenner Fully Wired Valued Senior Member

    There are recurring patterns in every irrational quadratic surd if you know where to look.
    For example \( \frac{1}{x/72 - 1} = x/72 + 1 \) has as it's solutions \( x = \pm \sqrt{10368} \).
    This follows from \(a(0) = \frac{1}{2}, a(n+1) = \frac{1}{2 + a(n)}, 1 + \lim_{n\to\infty} a(n) = \sqrt{2}\).
    Another recurrence is \(a(0) = 0, a(n+1) = \frac{1}{ \frac{202}{167} + \frac{1}{202 + a(n) } }, 101 + \lim_{n\to\infty} a(n) = \sqrt{10368}\).

    There of course is no recurring pattern in the decimal digits of 10368.
    As with Farsight, theorist-constant12345 and others, what you find remarkable, physicists and to a greater degree mathematicians will find ordinary and professionally required.
    Did you actually have a question?
  12. Jason.Marshall Banned Banned

    Nice exactly, I was thinking of it in a simpler form the side c hypotenuese/ it's side a or b .When side a and b or equal lengths is the symbolic representation for the exact ratio of the square of two, just wanted to see how it would be expressed correctly but I knew this one would be easy for you that's why I said it was a quick question lol thanks bro.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014
  13. rpenner Fully Wired Valued Senior Member

    Take your pick: \(72^2 + 72^2 = \left(\sqrt{10368}\right)^2\) or \(72^2 + \left(\sqrt{10368}\right)^2 = \left(\sqrt{15552}\right)^2\)
    But these are not primitive triangles, but scaled up versions of \(1^2 + 1^2 = 2\) and \(1^2 + 2 = 3\).
    Then \(6^2 + \left(\sqrt{10368}\right)^2 = 102^2\) is a scaled up version of \(1^2 + \left(\sqrt{288}\right)^2 = 17^2\).

    More interesting for the lack of common factors between terms are:
    \(49^2 + \left(\sqrt{10368}\right)^2 = 113^2\) and
    \(2591^2 + \left(\sqrt{10368}\right)^2 = 2593^2\)

    But I would not call that a recurrence.
  14. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    Well said.

    Also, I venture to suggest, one attribute of mathematicians who love their subject is that they find it hard to resist the challenge of proving or disproving a mathematical contention, purely for the fun of the exercise. Mathematicians, in my limited experience, are often playful. Which I think is exactly as it should be.

    I have learnt a bit from this thread, even if others have not.
  15. Jason.Marshall Banned Banned

    Here is something I was thinking about but cant seem to understand why its most likely another easy question for you Rpenner so here we go I noticed that if you multiply the radian by 180 degrees let this be quantity #1 you get the quantity of radian square times pi let this be quantity#2, both quantity #1 and#2 or exactly equal??
  16. Russ_Watters Not a Trump supporter... Valued Senior Member

    Could you write that in equation form? The actual numbers?
  17. Jason.Marshall Banned Banned

    radian equals 180/pi lets call it r so...r * 180 = X then r ^2 *pi = Y then X=Y
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  19. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member


    That looks pretty meaningless. Multiplying and dividing the same numbers...

    No arc length and you seem to just use circle decoy.
  20. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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  21. Russ_Watters Not a Trump supporter... Valued Senior Member

    5,051 an equation, you use numbers, letters and an equals sign. Can you not write that in math?

    Anyway, putting it together, it looks like you mean this:

    r * 180 = pi * r^2
    solving for r:
    r= 180/pi

    So what?
  22. Farsight

    Actually no, my position is that Jason Marshall is some kind of plant, and this thread is the rpenner smoke and mirrors show. Because the simple answer is to tell "Jason Marshall" to go measure the diameter and circumference of a disk.
  23. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

    I guess my post two was too much of a dry hint.

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