sqrt question
04-06-2017, 05:46 PM
Post: #6
 Han Senior Member Posts: 1,883 Joined: Dec 2013
RE: sqrt question
(04-06-2017 04:51 PM)KeithB Wrote:  pier4r:

But we all know that sqrt(36) = sqrt(4*9) = sqrt(4) * sqrt(9), right?

So the reverse is true: sqrt(-4) * sqrt(-9) = sqrt(-4*-9) = sqrt(36). This, of course, is the only way to do it in the real numbers and get an answer.

You are mixing mathematical rules, and you are also ignoring order of operations.

1. $$\sqrt{a}$$ is usually only defined for $$a \ge 0$$. The multiplicative property $$\sqrt{a}\cdot \sqrt{b} = \sqrt{a\cdot b}$$ likewise only applies to non-negative values of $$a$$ and $$b$$. Another way of putting it is that this property is a result of the assumption that the domain of $$\sqrt{x}$$ is the set of non-negative real numbers.

2. The order of operations dictate that exponents are evaluated first. So $$\sqrt{-4} \cdot \sqrt{-9} = -6$$ -- however this assumes that we are not using the $$\sqrt{x}$$ function as described in #1. In fact, we have have implicitly assumed that the $$\sqrt{\quad }$$ operator is defined for negative values, and that the evaluation is $$i\cdot \sqrt{|x|}$$

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