Questions regarding calculators such as the TI-83 (Plus), HP 50g, and other calculator models.

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Why does my calculator show $2^{-329} = 0?$

On my calculator, I usually get a $0$ when I divide something by $2$, a lot of times if that makes sense, but I was just wondering why does $2^{-329} = 0?$
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Calculator algorithms

Does there exist a good reference on the algorithms used by calculators, especially on the trigonometric and transcendental functions? I would still like to know how Casio generates its random ...
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“Why do I always get 1 when I keep hitting the square root button on my calculator?”

I asked myself this question when I was a young boy playing around with the calculator. Today, I think I know the answer, but I'm not sure whether I'd be able to explain it to a child or layman ...
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Why would a calculator have base 5?

I have a calculator that I found recently that has a base 5 option. It has options labelled HEX, BIN, DEC, OCT, and PEN. My son set it on PEN, and no numbers above 4 worked anymore. Playing around ...
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How to calculate $e^x$ with a standard calculator

Is there a simple method for calculating the $e^x$ ($x\in\mathbb{R}$) with a basic add/subtract/multiply/divide calculator that converges in reasonable time, preferably without having to memorize ...
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How do I find, algorithmically, which parts of a given function are interesting to graph?

I'm building a program that does 2D graphing, and was wondering: How can I determine the default zoom level and x/y extents to display on screen, in such a way as to maximise the 'interesting' parts ...
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What is the definition of $2.5!$? (2.5 factorial)

I was messing around with my TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator and discovered that it will actually give me values when taking the factorial of any number $n/2$ where $n$ is any integer greater ...
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Base-2 exponentiation bug on Citizen SR-270X for $2^{255}$?

According to my calculator, $2^{255} = 0.5$. Also, for the range $2^x, x\in[254.5, 255.5)$ the result spans $[0.3535533906, 0.7071067812]$. Outside of that, the answers seem correct. Curiosly, ...
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A question about calculators (are $\sin^2 49^{\circ}$ and $\cos^2 49^{\circ}$ irrational?)

Are $(\sin 49^{\circ})^2$ and $(\cos 49^{\circ})^2$ irrational numbers? When you enter, $(\sin 49^{\circ})^2$ in a calculator, it shows a long number (and if it is irrational, then clearly the ...
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How can I find the value of $\ln( |x|)$ without using the calculator?

I want to know if there is a way to find for example $\ln(2)$, without using the calculator ? Thanks
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Calculate ln(x) using 8-digit calculator

I have a bit of a unique problem. Well, maybe not a problem because I'm really just curious about it, but... I have a simple 8 digit calculator. It has +, -, x, /, and a constant operation function. ...
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Why do I disagree with my calculator?

I followed the order of opperations but my answer disagrees with my calulator's. Problem: $331.91 - 1.03 - 19.90 + 150.00$ Calculator answer: $460.98$ My answer: $162.98$ Why the ...
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TI-83 Plus: Is it possible to find the eigenvalues on this calculator?

I searched the Internet and can't seem to find a source on how to find the eigenvalues on a TI-83 Plus calculator. Can anyone give me a hand?
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What type of input does trigonometric functions take in

I see in my Book that 45 deg is equivalent of π/4 . Ι also do the conversion if I simply convert degrees into radians like this 45* π/180 = π/4 radians and ...
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Calculator question involving $\log_2$?

I have a question, I have a calculator that does $\log$ but I think it does it it in a base ten format for example $\log_{10}(100)=2$ I am wondering how I can solve $\log$ using a base of 2 for ...
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Getting the Total value from the Nett

I just cant figure out this formula, I thought I will take expert advice to write formula for my php script. I have a value of $\$80$. $\$80$ has come from a total sale of $\$100$ and $ 20\%$ ...
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What exactly do the sin, cos, tan buttons do on a calculator?

I understand they mean sine, cosine, tangent, but what exactly is the calculator doing when I enter an angle and press those buttons? Edit: To help others better understand my question, my question ...
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Texas TI-alternatives

I've been using a Texas TI graphing calculator at school and am wondering if there are programs for the PC that function similarly (with similar features) as those calculators. I don't need an ...
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How does my $10\times10$ abacus work?

How does this $10\times10$ abacus work? More specific: Counting: is it common to count from 1 to 100, or from 1 to 9.999.999? How does addition work? How does multiplication work? Are there any ...
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How do you plot $x = y^2 - 6$ on a graphing calculator?

I have a graphing calculator app (Graphing Calculator+) that only allows me to enter $x$ as a variable, but I need to graph $x = y^2 - 6$. I haven't used a graphing calculator in awhile. Is this ...
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Negative × Negative = Positive… right?

The wife and I were doing homework together, and we noticed something really strange when charting quadratics with a TI-series graphing calculator: ...
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Calculate remainder on Casio fx-991 ES Calculator

Is it possible or not to calculate remainder through use of Casio fx-991 ES Calculator. If possible then how for example :- I have to calculate remainder of ...
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Calculating the percentage of the difference between two values

If I have the following two different values for x: x = 0.022 x = 0.020 And, if I want to calculate the percentage of the difference (change) in x, will it be? ---> 0.022 - 0.020 = 0.002 ---> ...
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In my calculator why does $\sqrt4 -2=-8.1648465955514287168521180122928e-39?$

I have tried this on my Windows 7 calculator with $\sqrt9 -3 $ it too gives some weird answer- ie$1.1546388020691628168216106791278e-37$. And so for any $n$(positive) $\sqrt n^2-n= wierd_ .answer$ Why ...
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is there a CIS button on graphic calculators (Casio/TI)

Is there a cis (CosX + iSinX) Button in CASIO graphic calculators ? if so where its ? if no is there any turn around for it ? PS. I got a CASIO fx-9860G Thanks
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How can I see alternative trigonometry solutions on a calculator?

When doing inverse trigonometric equations on a calculator, only the lowest positive solution is shown. How can I see alternative solutions (specifically for a Casio FX85ES)? Current behaviour: ...
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Simplfy a complex matrix into a real one

I encounter systems of linear complex equations (At most 3 equations) in my circuit analysis course. The calculator I am using is Casio fx-991ES and it only accepts real elements when in matrix or ...
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How to determine end behavior with my TI-83

So, I need to determine the end behavior of $P$ for this equation: $$P(x) = −x^5 + 3x^2 + x.$$ If possible, how is this done?
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Solving $x$ for $y = x^x$ using a normal scientific calculator (no native Lambert W function)?

Solving $x$ for $y = x^x$ using Lambert W function is clear enough thanks to this handy answer, but as I'm using the solution in a network support document I need it in a form that can be solved on a ...
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Computing a very large number

I've been making a program that can delay for any number of nanoseconds 0-65534 to any power 0-65534. That is to say, the shortest possible delay is 0^0 nanoseconds (1) and the longest possible delay ...
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How can I evaluate an expression like $\sin(3\pi/2)$ on a calculator and get an answer in terms of $\pi$?

I have an expression like this that I need to evaluate: $$16\sin(2\pi/3)$$ According to my book the answer is $8\sqrt{3}$. However, when I'm using my calculator to get this I get an answer like ...
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How can I generate a random number on my ti-84 without the rand function

Is there an equation that is possible where I enter a seed, and it will give me the number from the seed. I want it to give me the same results as the rand function would give with the seed as 0. I ...
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In a Calculator, Which Button Should be Bigger: $\sinh()$ or $\rm asin()$?

I am making a calculator app and would like to know: Which of the following functions would be used more often: $\sin()$ $\sinh()$ $\text{arsin}()$ ($\sin^{-1}$) $\text{arsinh}()$ ($\sinh^{-1}$) ...
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When the denominator is larger than the numerator, why does the modulo equal the numerator?

As an example, why does 1 modulo 2 equal 1? According to Google's built-in calculator: 1 % 2 = 1 5 % 40 = 5 12 % 2000 = 12 Why is the remainder not "0", ...
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From $\tan\varphi = -3/2 = -1,5$ to $\varphi\approx 123,69^\circ$

Sorry for this question but what do I have to type into my counter to come from $$\tan \varphi = -1,5 $$ to $\approx 123,69^\circ$ and $\approx 303,69^\circ$? Thanks!
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TI83+. Math-> Solver. Why does it give different solutions?

Not sure if anyone still uses this one.... Recall the keystrokes: Math 0:Solver Up arrow Enter equation Press ENTER You will now be at a prompt displaying the equation, and a line saying x=### ...
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How to calculate Mortgage calculation

I have this formula for Mortgage calculation and now i want loan amount value using with same formula. ...
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Checking for symmetry in a graph on the TI-84 Plus

I was using the TI-84 Plus calculator to check for Y-Axis symmetry in the graph of "cos(2X+1)" and as I had to do it fast (I was in the middle of a test), I quickly noted that it was symmetrical. I ...
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Numbers too large for my calculator, probability. Old calculator or should it be done another way?

It's basic binomial probability, the problem is that the numbers are to large for my calculator. Is this the point of the task, to force me to use another method? It doesn't seem lightly, because n ...
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Ti-83 Probability of events occurring

First time here, more frequent over at StackOverflow. So not sure if calculator questions are accepted here, but I'll ask. Is there a quick way to solve problems like this in the ti-83: 82% shot ...
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calculate x using regression equation

I calculated the cubic regression for a set of numbers following the instructions on this site: http://epsstore.ti.com/OA_HTML/csksxvm.jsp?nSetId=71235 I am wondering how do I evaluate using the ...
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Weird computation error when using fnInt (numerical integral) on TI-84 Plus

Today in Calculus class I was bored so I decided to try and approximate $\pi$ by evaluating $ \left( \displaystyle \int_{-a}^a e^{-x^2} dx \right)^2$ on my calculator for larger and larger values of ...
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Graph of $(e^x-1)/x$ as x->0

This question may be as much computer science as math, as I don't believe the reason is mathematical; however an odd thing a classmate of mine pointed out: if you look at a graph of the function in ...
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Calculator for real and complex parts of a polynomial.

Does anyone know of a nice calculator for calculating the real and complex parts of a complex polynomial. Say, for example, I want to write the polynomial $p(z)=z^3+2z^2+1$ as a function ...
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Gr. 11 Functions - Limiting domain and range on a graphing calculator

I'm trying to do a homework assignment on my graphing calculator app for my ipad (Quick graph+). (Edit by Willie: The images are originally posted here http://imgur.com/a/XRj4g I've included them ...
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Advanced math software for the TI-89 (discriminant of a general polynomial?)

I was wondering if this question should be posted in this forum or in Stack Exchange, but reading both "What kind of questions can I ask here?", in Math I found Software that mathematicians use ...
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Weird stuff happening with complex numbers on a ti-84

So, I'm trying to do some calculations for my Electrical engineering homework. This requires a bit of algebra with complex numbers. I have been finding that some of the calculations that my calculator ...
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Multivariable polynomial long division calculator

Is there code/online calculator that divides polynomials in multiple variables? The answers are always other polynomials, but they have many variables.
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How do calculators handle $\pi$?

When the calculator displays the digits of $\pi$, how does it arrive at that answer? Also, at what digit does the approximation of $\pi$ stop at?
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Is there a calculator out there that shows the full answer instead of shortening it?

I'm looking for a calculator that shows a full answer regardless of it's length. For example the assignment 2^1000 will output: ...