Happy pi day - March 14th

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Happy pi day - March 14th

Post by ZX79 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:21 pm

It was reported today that the record for pi is 31 trillion digits.

I don't know if this has been established already, if not, as a pi day challenge:

What is the most accurate approximation of pi that can be calculated using either the expanded or unexpanded ZX80?

Here are some suggestions for calculating pi:


Note, 10 PRINT "3.141592653589793" or similar, does not count. :-)

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A Program to Calculate Pi

Post by GCHarder » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:26 pm

The author claims over 8000 decimal places in 16K. Presumably more with extended RAM.


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Re: Happy pi day - March 14th

Post by Moggy » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:36 pm

Very late in the day I know but somehow I missed this.

The author of this program also published it in Sync magazine minus the any key to continue thing but although the code looks the same it doesn't work very well. by that I mean every odd iteration the answer is miles out with PI starting as 3.14159... first time around then 3.175065.....then occasionally giving a correct result.

Is it possible any of our programming gurus could put me out of my misery because apart from the 2 different display methods it all looks the same to me?

The attached P file PI2 is the version published in Sync Vol 3 number 6 and P1 is the version kindly supplied by Greg.
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Re: Happy pi day - March 14th

Post by olofsen » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:02 am

Changing line 220 in pi2.p to the one in pi.p seems to help - so

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220 LET S=-1

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Re: Happy pi day - March 14th

Post by Moggy » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:46 pm

Many many thanks for this Erik. :D

Just 1 character incorrect causes such error! It is very pleasing that there's always someone who will help those such as myself who are not so smart, I really do love this community and have learned so much from it.

Thanks again, Erik.


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Re: Happy pi day - March 14th

Post by stefano » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:28 pm

Very late.. but this article must be in the loop:


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