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Number limits, overflow, and roundoff

AP.CSP: DAT‑1 (EU), DAT‑1.B (LO), DAT‑1.B.1 (EK), DAT‑1.B.2 (EK), DAT‑1.B.3 (EK)

Problem

A scientist is running a program to calculate the volume of a cone:
radius ← 17.24
height ← 5.24
volume ← PI * (radius * radius) * (height / 3)
The code relies on the built-in constant PI. After running the code, the variable volume stores 1630.9266447568566.
Their supervisor checks their results by running the same calculation on their own computer. Their program results in a volume of 1630.9266447564448.
The two values are very close, but not quite the same.
Which of these is the most likely explanation for the difference?
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