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    pi

    My calculator gives the value of pi as: 3.14159365359

    My calculator give the value of 22/7 (3-1/7) as: 3.14285714286


    22/7 has a repeating decimal as the value and, as far as I know, pi goes on forever.

    Anyway -

    for most purposes in my life - as in drafting a pattern - 22/7 - works well enough for most calculations.
    0.00126 - a bit more than one-thousandth of an inch variation will probably work well enough with 'a scant quarter inch' seam

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    The calculator value is much more accurate. 22/7 is an approximation for use with fractions. As you say, however, either one is close enough to get you scant quarter seamline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    My calculator gives the value of pi as: 3.14159365359

    My calculator give the value of 22/7 (3-1/7) as: 3.14285714286


    22/7 has a repeating decimal as the value and, as far as I know, pi goes on forever.

    Anyway -

    for most purposes in my life - as in drafting a pattern - 22/7 - works well enough for most calculations.
    0.00126 - a bit more than one-thousandth of an inch variation will probably work well enough with 'a scant quarter inch' seam
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    Pi...i like mine cherry!!! (Lol)

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    Huh?? LOL that is very odd.
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    ooh, good one, hahaha

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    My Granddaughter is taking college math and not getting it. I'm no good, I think the basics are plenty for the average person. I learned fractions by using them in cooking and baking, doubling recipes made them second nature to me. I do love calculators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    My Granddaughter is taking college math and not getting it. I'm no good, I think the basics are plenty for the average person. I learned fractions by using them in cooking and baking, doubling recipes made them second nature to me. I do love calculators.

    Spelling use to be the easiest thing for me but as I age, not so much.
    I teach math and will suggest that your granddaughter first see if there is a tutoring center at her college that can help. These are often staffed by math geeks who work there as part of their work-study financial aid. If not, there is a book called Algebra to Go (available on Amazon) that will help. It is part of a series that includes Math on Call and a couple more. These are not workbooks but are math reference books. I always find that they explain things clearly and simply, and use easy-to-understand drawings to help. Pi can be pretty straightforward if you have a good calculator and approximate it as 3.14, but some professors want it approximated as something longer then you end up rounding all of your answers and then the trouble begins......
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    I still think that 22/7 is a good APPROXIMATION of the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's diameter.

    It seems very logical to me from a metaphysical/numerological viewpoint.

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    Who cares about one-thousandth of an inch!! Quilting is supposed to be fun, not requiring a math geek. If all the seams are the same, the quilt will look fine.

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    Pi I would like apple please alamode!

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    Just trying to say that 22/7 (3-1/7) is a close enough approximation to whatever the 'actual' value of pi is for most of my purposes.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 11-19-2012 at 07:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    Just trying to say that 22/7 (3-1/7) is a close enough approximation to whatever the 'actual' value of pi is for most of my purposes.
    I totally agree with you.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Math was not my strong suite. I know how to use the 60 degrees on my quilting ruler to get a diamond, but don't ask me to explain it mathimatically.

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