## Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

An enlightening discussion about pi and tau.

### Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

In section 5, the area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle:

A = n * sin pi/n * cos pi/n = (n/2) sin 2pi/n = (n/2) sin tau/n

Isn't that simpler with tau?

(Sorry I haven't better mastered posting equations here yet.)
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josephlindenberg
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### Re: Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

josephlindenberg wrote:In section 5, the area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle:

A = n * sin pi/n * cos pi/n = (n/2) sin 2pi/n = (n/2) sin tau/n

Isn't that simpler with tau?

(Sorry I haven't better mastered posting equations here yet.)

Here it is for you (you can quote the post to see the syntax):

$A = n\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{n}\right)\cos\left(\frac{\pi}{n}\right) = \left(\frac{n}{2}\right)\sin\left(\frac{2\pi}{n}\right) = \left(\frac{n}{2}\right)\sin\left(\frac{\tau}{n}\right)$

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### Re: Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

Thanks!
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josephlindenberg
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### Re: Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

Depends if you prefer to divide by 2 or not
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### Re: Area of a regular n-gon inscribed in a unit circle

I'd rather divide by 2 than have to calculate a whole second trig function and then have to multiply that by the first trig function.

The TAU version takes fewer calculator button presses, fewer CPU cycles to calculate, less room on the paper, less writing, less pencil lead, and less remembering. But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln liked the play just fine.

Your Pi Manifesto paper is really well done, but this equation doesn't belong in it. It belongs in Hartl's Tau Manifesto.
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