# Tagged Questions

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

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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 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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### “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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### Conflicting limit answers using calculator and wolfram alpha

I want to evaluate $\lim\limits_{x\to0} \dfrac{\tan(x) - \sin(x)}{(\sin(x))^3}$, Calculator says it's 0 when substituted with 0.0000000001. Wolfram Alpha says it's 1/2. The Problem Set says the ...
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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 pocket calculators calculate exponents?

I'd like to know specifically how a pocket calculator (TI calculators also apply) calculates $e^{0.1}$, and what methods or algorithms pocket calculators use in order to produce their answer.
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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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### 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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### How calculators do trigonometry [duplicate]

I need to use a calculator to find trigonometric ratios like $\sin(41),\cos(32)$. How do calculators work for trigonometry? Also, as calculators are invented by the human mind can we do it mentally? ...
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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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### Express “if true, then 1 else 0” in a formula suitable for Desmos calculator

In programming, often the value of True is also 1, and False is 0. This means that: (x>5)*4 will return 4 if x is greater than 5 (because ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Difference between $(-x)^{1/n}$ and $-x^{1/n}$?

I know these seems to be splitting hairs, but according to two different calculators, there's a real difference. For e.g, $(-8)^{1/3}$ computes to NaN, where $-8^{1/3}$ computes to $-2$. Though am ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Why Can my Phone Calculator do $e^{\pi\sqrt{-1}}$ but not $\sqrt{-1}$?

When I type in the identity $e^{\pi\sqrt{-1}}$ on my phone calculator (LG phone running Android), I get the correct result of $-1$ However, when I simply type $\sqrt{-1}$, it returns an error. Why ...
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### How to find high power numbers modulo

How can I find high power number modulo number. What If I have to do it with the calculator or if the calculator is not allowed in exam. For example: $174^{55} \pmod {221} \equiv 47$
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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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### 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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### Why does this always equal $1$?

One of my friends told me this. Take a calculator and continuously input $\cos\tan\sin\cos\tan\sin\ldots$ any number of times you want and finally in the place of the angle measure place any value of ...