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Re: Simplify

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg32038] Re: Simplify
  • From: "Robert Nowak" <robert.nowak at ims.co.at>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 04:29:32 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <9vmrje$hh7$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

try
a  = -1
b = 2

In[7]:=
(a^b)^(1/b) /. {a -> -1, b -> 2}
Out[7]=
1

yous see: Sqrt[(-1)^2]  ==  1 != -1

maybee you wish the following
In[2]:=
(a^b)^(1/b) //PowerExpand
Out[2]=
a

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<Matthias.Bode at oppenheim.de> wrote in message
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> Dear Colleagues,
>
> why should I not expect MATHEMATICA to (Full)Simplify
>
> (a^b)^(1/b) or a^b^(1/b) to a?
>
> Best regards,
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