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After learning about the Taylor series
you can find an interesting expression
for Pi very easily.
1/(1+w) = 1 - w + w2 - w3 + ...
Now subsitute x2 for w:
= 1 - x2 + x4 - x6 + ...
Then integrate both sides (from x=0 to x=y):
arctan y = y - y3/3
+ y5/5 - y7/7 +...
and plug in y=1, to get
Pi/4 = 1 - 1/3 + 1/5 - 1/7 + ...
There are other pi formulas that converge faster.
An alternate way to present this is to start with the
well-known formula for Pi, and then present this as a
The Math Behind the Fact:
Well, we glossed over the issue of why you
can integrate the infinite series term by term,
so if you wish to learn about this and more about Taylor
series, this material is often covered in a fun course called
How to Cite this Page:
Su, Francis E., et al. "Taylor-made Pi."
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