Wanted: a trick

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg3869] Wanted: a trick*From*: Jinchul Park <jinchulp at usc.edu>*Date*: Sat, 4 May 1996 02:14:48 -0400*Organization*: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hello, Experts: I'd like to ask you a very simple question. I know it seems dumb, but please help me to have the answer to the question. *********************** My problem is a = b = Exp[1 + 1.234 k] (k is a variable). I want to find t by dividing a by b such as 0. k t = a/b. What I get is E. How come the result is NOT '1' ? In other words, why '0. k' is not calculated as '0'? Is there any way to make 0. k as 0? Also, in a simple symbolic calculation, 1.5 k - 1.5 k = '0. k' not '0.' On the other hand, k - k = '0.' Would you tell me what I need to do to get just '0' instead of '0. k'? Thank you in advance. J.C. ==== [MESSAGE SEPARATOR] ====