OverviewThis function group provides a basic set of functions for performing mathematical computations, as well as a set of named constants providing useful values. These functions are part of the standard function set built into PHP, and can only be disabled by either modifying the source code or by using the disable_functions directive in php.ini.
Named constantsPHP provides the following named constants. Not all constants are available in all versions of PHP, and only M_PI is available in any version of PHP 3.
NotesThese functions are dependent upon the underlying system limits when working with numbers. For instance, this means that if your system supports 32-bit integers, you will not be able to work with integers larger than 2147483647 or smaller than -2147483647 (PHP supports only signed integers). Similarly, floating-point precision will be limited to whatever the system supports. In most cases this is a 64-bit value.
If you require greater precision or larger/smaller numbers, please check out the Arbitrary Precision (BC) Mathematics functions.
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