Problem calculating an expression with roots
02-03-2015, 11:59 AM (This post was last modified: 02-03-2015 12:39 PM by Snorre.)
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 Snorre Member Posts: 101 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: Problem calculating an expression with roots
Hello Reto,

In Home it seems to be related to evaluation order: 1/3 is evaluated to the approximated floating 0.333 first. There seems to be no further internal test if the exponent is rational.
If you enter it as ³√(-8) you'll get -2.
(The other way around is similiar: (1/3)NTHROOT(-2) is not the same as (-2)^3)

The CAS seems to evaluate (-1)^(p/q) to the first complex solution as long as the denominator q is ≤4 (autosimplification turned off).
Sorry, can't tell you why (just guess).
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