Maclaurian series

1. May 1, 2009

cragar

so when i type ln2 into my calculator does it compute ln2 using a maclaurian series?

2. May 1, 2009

snipez90

yes, very likely. but why are you using a calculator :P

3. May 1, 2009

cragar

im not , i just want to know how the calculator comes up with the answer.

4. May 1, 2009

Skins

When you do mathematics you don't use calculators.

5. May 1, 2009

HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
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.

6. May 1, 2009

o thanks