Answers for Chapter 10 Sample Problems

1. Kohler follows Archimedes
Kohler got the ratios p/d of 2.6, 3, and 3.1 for the 3-, 6- and 12-sided inscribed regular polygons. To generalize this ratio, let N = the # of sides of the polygon and since we are doubling the # of sides N = 3*2f, d= the diameter of the circle, and s = the length of one side of the polygon.
From the diagram at the right, sin(180/N) = s/2/d/2 and s = d*sin(180/N) or in radians, s = d*sin(Pi/N). A program in Basic to get the first 10 ratios would be:
10 f = 0
20 N = 3*2f
30 Print N*sin(Pi/N)
40 f = f + 1
50 IF f>10 THEN STOP
60 GOTO 20
Running the program we get the infinite sequence 2.59807, 3, 3.1058, 3.1326, 3.1393, ... and after 10 loops, we get 3.14159... . Notice the first 3 are very close to what Kohler had. And notice that we are correct to 5 places for Pi!

4. Iterating the square root of a number.
This is the graph of iterating the squart root of 10 (at the right).
A program in Basic, to get 19 iterations,
would be:

6. Finding the square root of N by the iteration of the averaging method.
Gayla, a 6th grader wrote this program to get the square root of N , starting with G

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