Re: How to write a loop

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg2553] Re: How to write a loop*From*: ianc (Ian Collier)*Date*: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 01:14:02 -0500*Organization*: Wolfram Research, Inc.

In article <48h4dh$rd5 at ralph.vnet.net>, "Enrico C. Walker" <ewalke1 at gl.umbc.edu> wrote: > I need to raise a number to some large exponent - i.e. 245 ^ 500. > I know that I may run into a problem by plugging it directly. so I'd like to find the result > by using some sort of programming loop such. > > DO 250 times > begin > > x = x * 245 ^ 2 > > end > PRINT X > > Can I do such programming in MATHEMATICA? Please advise. > > -RICO- There is no need to resort to loops. Any copy of Mathematica should be able to evaluate 245^500 without significant problems. It takes a matter of seconds on the Macintosh Quadra 700 on my desk. I hope this helps. --Ian ----------------------------------------------------------- Mathematica Training Wolfram Research, Inc. ----------------------------------------------------------- tel:(217)-398-0700 fax:(217)-398-0747 training at wri.com Wolfram Research Home Page: http://www.wri.com/ -----------------------------------------------------------