Why do calculators get this wrong? (We don’t know!)


From Standup Mathematician.

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These are all of the almost-π calculations I showed:
11^6 ÷ 13 ≈ (156158413/3600)π
17^5 ÷ 11 ≈ (366494029/8920)π
11^6 ÷ 17 ≈ (119415257/3600)π
19^9 ÷ 2^3 ≈ (65249503235207/5082)π
5^9 ÷ 3 ≈ (1226819353/5920)π
7^9 ÷ 19 ≈ (2623750469/3881)π
13^5 ÷ 7 ≈ (154266801/9137)π
21^6 ÷ 5 ≈ (27818908094/5095)π
23^9 ÷ 5^4 ≈ (4030701961529/4394)π

Sheena’s tweet

The reddit post

Farey sequence

This is the ‘best rational approximation’ algorithm I used:

I’ve tested it on the Casio FX-83GT PLUS and Casio FX-991EX CLASSWIZ. Let me know what calculators you have checked!

– At 8:30 I say "13" when I mean "11". Ignore what I say: the on-screen number is correct!
– Let me know if you spot anything else.

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A transcendental number is not the root of any integer polynomial!

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