For sin(4pi), my calculator gives -2^-13.

Obviously, that is really close to the correct value of 0, but it just says 0 for ANY other multiple of pi I've tried.

Weird right?

TI-83 plus.. common calculator. Anyone have issues like this?
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 Ha! Just tried it on my TI-83+ (from 1997), and it shows the same thing. Says the same for Sin4pi. Sin6pi returns 2E-13, and sin8pi returns -4E-13. My TI-36X Pro, which I use almost exclusively now, returns 0.
 Yep, I get those same results as you, never tried those, so my capital ANY was not a very meaningful "ANY," heh. When it showed this error, I actually decided to graph "sin x" on it, then find the value when x = 4pi.. still returns -2e-13 that way. Weird.

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 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor hmmmm transcendentals likely calculated by a series... and 10-13 is about 1/(2^43) i'm guessing their internal binary arithmetic is good to ~43 bits. Anybody got an old HP31? old jim
 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor Staff Emeritus It must be doing the 4*pi calculation first, incorporates some rounding error, then takes the sin of that.

 Quote by Moonbear It must be doing the 4*pi calculation first, incorporates some rounding error, then takes the sin of that.
But it works fine for something like pi/2 or even 10pi.
 Try 8 pi.

um, so, I was kind of bored this evening and I saw this thread. Since I love excel and graphs... and numbers, I just started punching multiples of pi into my TI- 83 Plus calculator and noting down the results from 1pi to 100pi.

I got these graphs

the first is the whole shebang, the second is a zoom in on the first portion of the graph

it's interesting I guess, but I don't know enough about calculators to have any idea of why it does it like this. I'm gonna keep going, since I have nothing else to do tonight, and see what happens on out from 100pi.

also there is the excel file if anyone feels like looking at the numbers and messing with them
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