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Factor and real numbers???
Hi According to the Mathematica Book, "Factor works only with exact Integer or Rational coefficients, not with Real numbers." Knowing this, can anyone explain the following (strange?) results? (I'm using Mathematica 2.2) In:= Factor[Pi x - Pi x^2] Out= Pi (1 - x) x In:= Factor[N[3/7,20] x - N[6/7,20]x^2] Out= 0.85714285714285714286 (0.5 - x) x In:= Factor[N[3/7,20] x - N[6/7,30]x^2] Out= 0.857142857142857142857142857143 (0.5 - x) x Regards Stefan Becuwe