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volcan
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Gackhammer
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Which constant should be taught in school, tau(pro) or pi(con).

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volcan
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/12/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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volcan

Pro

round 1:acception and reasoning

round 2:main arguments

round 3: rebuttal

Tau is a math constant twice as much as pi.
Gackhammer

Con

This one's a bit peculiar, but I'll accept.

Thesis: The mathematical constant pi is one of the most phenomenal numbers in all of mathematical education and scientific application, and it's current format of education should remain as the status quo.

This one should actually be pretty fun.....

Good Luck Bro, Do It To It!
Debate Round No. 1
volcan

Pro

Thanks for accepting this debate.

Pi is a ratio comparing a circle"s circumference with its diameter, which is not a quantity mathematicians generally care about. In fact, almost every mathematical equation about circles is written in terms of r for radius. Tau is precisely the number that connects a circumference to that quantity. And tau makes things in math easier to explain things like radians easier to explain. For example, with pi-based thinking, if you want to designate a point one third of the way around the circle, you say it has gone two thirds pi radians. Three quarters around the same circle has gone one and a half pi radians. Everything is distorted by a confusing factor of two. By contrast, a third of a circle is a third of tau. Three quarters of a circle is three quarters tau. At its heart, pi refers to a semicircle, whereas tau refers to the circle in its entirety.
Gackhammer

Con

Gackhammer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
volcan

Pro

Ok the other thing thats better about Tau is that it makes many formula simpler. A lot of formulas use a 2 pi which can be replaced with like the gaussian distribution and stirling's approximation.
Gackhammer

Con

Gackhammer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Taust 3 weeks ago
Taust
If pi is more fundamental than tau, a semicircle is more fundamental than a circle. Calling tau 2`0; is like calling a circle a double semicircle. Every formula is more elegant with tau. Radian angle measure makes sense, the connection between area of a circle and triangles is made apparent, Euler's identity becomes e^i`4;=1 and represents a full rotation rather than half of one, and almost every formula is simpler.
Posted by Bahamute619 2 years ago
Bahamute619
I don't understand what you are asking. They teach both in school.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 2 years ago
lannan13
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