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Pi or e?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by line6man, Jan 12, 2013.


What is your favorite mathematical constant?

Poll closed Jan 22, 2013.
  1. Pi. Approximately equal to 3.141592...

    40.0%
  2. Euler's number "e." Approximately equal to 2.718281...

    14.3%
  3. Other. (The golden ratio, Phi; the Euler-Mascheroni constant, Gamma; etc.

    31.4%
  4. The Carrot Constant.

    14.3%
  1. What's your favorite mathematical constant? :hyper::hyper:
     
  2. Pi, I use it almost everyday for my job, I can't remember the last time I had to use e.

    lowsound
     
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  4. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid

    Apr 10, 2009
    Canada
    I'm naturally inclined to say e :D
     
  5. Pi is for geometry-lovers. Go on and try some e. It will get you through Calculus.
     
  6. I love geometry, it is part of my everyday job. I can do calculus, but I really can't stand it.

    lowsound
     
  7. I love geometry, it is part of my everyday job. I can do calculus, but I really can't stand it and I was glad when I never had to touch it again.

    lowsound
     
  8. k31bassman

    k31bassman Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Nebraska
    i

    You didn't say it had to be real.....;)
     
  9. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    My mathematical constant:

    The amount of money I have will be < the amount of gear I want to buy.
     
  10. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    You're imagining things. :)

    My favourite physical constant belongs to Planck.
     
  11. He may be imagining things, but I bet that sometimes he can be so square that he keeps things real.:bag:
     
  12. Rush-2112

    Rush-2112

    Dec 14, 2008
    New York City
    Sweet thread :D

    As a fan of statistics, I'm gonna go with the Phi-coefficient, aka golden ratio. Tau is great too :hyper:


    Btw if you like Pi, you NEED to check out this vid:

    What Pi sounds like
    http://youtu.be/wK7tq7L0N8E
     
  13. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Very good.

    For those that haven't heard it..... there are 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary and those that don't.

    Best maths joke ever.
     
  14. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

    No love for i? I kinda like i, although it tends to be squared and then shows negative behaviors.
     
  15. A fascinating fact about &#966; is that its inverse is 1 less than itself, and its square is 1 more than itself. Knowing that, you can say &#966;[SUP]2[/SUP]-&#966;-1=0, so:
    (-(-1)+((-1)[SUP]2[/SUP]-4(1)(-1))[SUP]0.5[/SUP])/2(1)=(1+5[SUP]0.5[/SUP])/2
    &#966;= 1.618033...
    &#966;[SUP]-1[/SUP]= 0.618033...
    &#966;[SUP]2[/SUP]= 2.618033...
    Mindblowing!

    :D

    You use e in statistics, too.:hyper:

    For instance, normal distribution:
    f(x)=(&#963;(2*&#960;)[SUP]0.5[/SUP])[SUP]-1[/SUP]*e[SUP](-(x-&#956;)/2&#963;)[SUP]2[/SUP][/SUP]
     
  16. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
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  17. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    You're too late. How very irrational of you :)
     
  18. An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one says "I'll have a pint," and then each next one says "and I'll have half of what he's having." The bartender says "You're all idiots!" and pulls two pints.

    What does a frustrated mathematician say to his children when they misbehave? "If I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times!"

    How do you insult a mathematician? Tell him his brain is smaller than any &#603;>0.

    :hyper:
     
  19. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid

    Apr 10, 2009
    Canada
    You guys would probably like the Spiked Math webcomic.
     
  20. I like &#966; because it's the most aesthetically pleasing constant.



    :D
     



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