Engineer's comma

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Interval information
Expression [math]\pi/3[/math]
Size in cents 79.840355¢
Names pi over 3,
engineer's comma
Special properties reduced
Harmonic entropy
(Shannon, [math]\sqrt{n\cdot d}[/math])
~4.68824 bits
Comma size medium

Pi over 3, or the engineer's comma[idiosyncratic term], is a transcendental ratio of 79.84 cents.

The name "engineer's comma" was proposed by Eliora.


π/3 occurs in the Pitave system, which uses a an increase of frequency by a factor of π = 3.14... as an interval of equivalence. Tempering it out means that the pitave is equated to the tritave, 3/1.


1 step of 15edo is a very close approximation of this interval.