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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I like the constant 3 + (1/5) much better.

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**L'Hopital****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-07
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Agnishom wrote:

Why is pi day wrong?

it isn't. however, my maths teacher's birthday is on pi day, so i must remove her bragging rights somehow. joking aside, i believe that we should us tau for angles and pi for areas.

*Last edited by L'Hopital (2014-03-20 21:23:06)*

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Is she Einstein?

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**L'Hopital****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-07
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Agnishom wrote:

Is she Einstein?

no. far from it...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is she Bohr?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Agnishom wrote:

Why is pi day wrong?

Tau is the name given to a constant which is twice pi, I think.

*Last edited by ShivamS (2014-03-21 11:34:54)*

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**eigenguy****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-18
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(I am amazed that list of useful symbols at the top of the page doesn't include pi!)

tau = 2 pi, the measure of a full circle. There are those who argue that tau would be a better choice than pi, but I haven't found that their arguments hold much water. For every calculation it simplifies, it makes another more complex.

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**L'Hopital****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-07
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eigenguy wrote:

(I am amazed that list of useful symbols at the top of the page doesn't include pi!)

tau = 2 pi, the measure of a full circle. There are those who argue that tau would be a better choice than pi, but I haven't found that their arguments hold much water. For every calculation it simplifies, it makes another more complex.

exactly! hence my suggestion of a dual system, or at least using tau for angles.

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