Memory error mixing exact numbers and decimal ones

asked 2017-02-14 11:42:39 -0600

franpena gravatar image

Hi,

I wonder why this code gives an error in Sage 7.5.1:

f(x)=3*sin(2*pi*(1.75-2*x))
if abs(f(0.7)) < 1e-12:
     print 1

MemoryError: Not enough memory to calculate cyclotomic polynomial of 428914250225777
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Checking whether a given expression is close to zero symbolically can be very challenging. Still, it does seem surprising that this would come in with something that seems simple ... as a workaround, try f(0.7).n() instead. (The pi is not approximated otherwise, which is presumably what is leading to this problem.)

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2017-02-14 15:36:10 -0600 )edit