The Pi Trivia Game

by Eve Andersson

     

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Finally this is your chance to pay tribute to the magnificent transcendental number that we have all grown to love! Here are 25 questions (given to you 5 at a time), picked randomly from my pi question database. Get ready for the thrill of your lifetime, the ultimate challenge, The Pi Trivia Game!

1. One of the best-known series representations of pi is the Gregory-Liebniz formula, which is:




2. What rapidly converging formula for calculation of pi was found by Machin in 1706?




3. What 1768 proof about pi is the German mathematician Johann Lambert famous for?




4. One way to approximate the value of pi is to have a computer pick two random numbers, x and y, each between -1 and 1. If it does so N times, and if, for M of those times x^2 + y^2 < 1, then pi is approximately equal to 4*M/N (presumably becoming more accurate as N increases). This method of approximation is an example of:




5. Who, in 1882, proved the transcendence of pi?





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