Computer Science: An Overview: Global Edition (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1292061162
ISBN 13: 978-1-29206-116-0

Chapter 12 - Theory of Computation - Section 12.1 - Functions and Their Computation - Questions & Exercises - Page 542: 3


function that cannot be described in terms of an algebraic formula.

Work Step by Step

Mathematicians call such functions transcendental functions. Examples include the logarithmic and trigonometric functions. These particular examples can still be computed but not by algebraic means. For example, the trigonometric functions can be calculated by actually drawing the triangle involved, measuring its sides, and only then turning to the algebraic operation of dividing.
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