[Maxima] strange behaviour with simple decimals
belanger at truman.edu
Wed Apr 11 12:48:34 CDT 2007
Daniel Lakeland <dlakelan at street-artists.org> writes:
> You may be interested in this supplement to a common calculus
I'll read that.
> In general, pocket calculators use decimal arithmetic because the
> people using pocket calculators expect them to behave that
> way. Computers use binary arithmetic because it is more efficient to
> create computers that use binary numbers.
But computer programs could use any base they want, at the cost of
some efficiency. I would (perhaps foolishly) expect a computer
algebra system to do numerics better than, say, a simple C program.
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