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Re: ARghh!!

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  • Subject: [mg18865] Re: ARghh!!
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 03:30:05 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <7n12tn$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

"O. Matt Umurhan" wrote:

> I am having the worst time dealing with a complex numbered expression.
> The problem is this:  I have a numerical expression I wish mathematica
> to evaluate, the expression happens to be complex.  So, I have it
> do the evaluation and for output it gives me, for example,
> Out[122]=       ((1+ 2 I) - (43 - 4 I))
> when the ouput ought to read:
> Out[123]=      -42 - 2 I

Actually, you mean -42+6I.  I don't see why you are getting an
unsimplified result. If you enter ((1+ 2 I) - (43 - 4 I)) into an input
cell it does evaluate as expected. Perhaps you need to show some of the
steps leading to this unsimplified result?

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