I know you can estimate the area of a circle by inscribing N-gons in the circle with higher and higher values on N. I tried this multiple times, but it didn't work out for me. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
I use a circle with radius 1. I start by making a triangle out of two radii and a side of the polygon. I then draw an altitude from the center of the circle to the side of the triangle, bisecting the angle. The new angles I name
. The altitude I call y, and I call the base z. The area of the triangle is A. So,
Now, since we can find A, the total area should be
.
Also,
since r=1.
Therefore, the area of the circle should be the limit as x approaches infinity of
However, this keeps giving me 180. If this were
, this would be right. But it's not, so it's not. And if it's wrong then I'm wrong. And if it's wrong I'm doing something wrong.
So what am I doing wrong?