so when i type ln2 into my calculator does it compute ln2 using a maclaurian series?
yes, very likely. but why are you using a calculator :P
im not , i just want to know how the calculator comes up with the answer.
When you do mathematics you don't use calculators.
cragar, sorry for the rather silly answers you have got. No, calculator (and computers) do NOT typically use MacLaurin seiries for trig functions, exponentials, etc. I thought they did for a long time, then ran across a website that talked about a general class of numerical algorighms that are used for that. I had bookmarked the site but that was years (and a couple of computers ago) and I can't find it now. I will continue looking.
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