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Thanks for the more explicit update, that clarifies something for me - I should have checked atan2(0,0) first!

In sage.symbolic.pynac.pyx, we have the following for the py_atan2(0,0) case.

else:
if sgn_x > 0:
return 0
elif x == 0:
raise ValueError, "arctan2(0,0) undefined"


Pynac is how we handle symbolics. So the problem is that you have a symbolic arctan2, which has (0,0) plugged in, and then is evaluated. Compare:

sage: atan2(0,0)
0
sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True)
arctan2(0, 0)
sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True).n()
ValueError: arctan2(0,0) undefined


Since Maxima also doesn't like this

sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True).simplify()
-----------------------------------------------------
TypeError: Error executing code in Maxima
CODE:
sage1 : atan2(0,0)$Maxima ERROR: atan2: atan2(0,0) is undefined. -- an error. To debug this try: debugmode(true);  Mathematica also returns various things, depending on where you look, that are not zero. I say you are right about atan2(0,0). At the very least we need consistency. Maybe Ginac/Pynac says it's zero? Anyway, this is now ticket 11423. I don't know that this will help your computation. You may need to try something more sophisticated - like other branch cuts for the arctangent :( What would you like to get from this computation - perhaps in a simpler case that still has atan2(0,0), in principle. Thanks for the more explicit update, that clarifies something for me - I should have checked atan2(0,0) first! In sage.symbolic.pynac.pyx, we have the following for the py_atan2(0,0) case. else: if sgn_x > 0: return 0 elif x == 0: raise ValueError, "arctan2(0,0) undefined"  Pynac is how we handle symbolics. So the problem is that you have a symbolic arctan2, which has (0,0) plugged in, and then is evaluated. Compare: sage: atan2(0,0) 0 sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True) arctan2(0, 0) sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True).n() ValueError: arctan2(0,0) undefined  Since Maxima also doesn't like this sage: atan2(0,0,hold=True).simplify() ----------------------------------------------------- TypeError: Error executing code in Maxima CODE: sage1 : atan2(0,0)$
Maxima ERROR:

atan2: atan2(0,0) is undefined.
-- an error. To debug this try: debugmode(true);


the zero behavior seems most wrong. Mathematica also returns various things, depending on where you look, that are not zero. I say you are right about atan2(0,0). At the very least we need consistency. Maybe Ginac/Pynac says it's zero? Anyway, this is now ticket 11423.

I don't know that this will help your computation. You may need to try something more sophisticated - like other branch cuts for the arctangent :( What would you like to get from this computation - perhaps in a simpler case that still has atan2(0,0), in principle.