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Re: Re: This should evaluate to zero

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  • Subject: [mg39999] Re: [mg39956] Re: [mg39926] This should evaluate to zero
  • From: Dr Bob <drbob at>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 04:46:00 -0500 (EST)
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Replacing the "exact" computation with an approximate one doesn't show that 
the original expression is zero.  It only shows it is zero to machine 


On Thu, 13 Mar 2003 03:02:09 -0500 (EST), Y.A.Tesiram 
<yas at> wrote:

> Hi,
> As you have written it, your expression is exact. Forcing a numerical
> approximation of the expression with
> N[ArcSinh[1]-Log[3363+2378*Sqrt[2]]/10]
> gives
> 0.
> -- a very very small number which for all purpose and sense is zero.
> Rather than use integers in your expression you can use reals by writing
> the decimal point. Mathematica will retrun a very very small number
> depending on the setting of the variable $MaxExtraPrecision and the very
> small number can be carried through in subsequent calculations. Some
> degree of care must be taken in deciding what level of numerical 
> precision
> is needed and the actual problem at hand.
> Yas
> On Wed, 12 Mar 2003, jf alcover wrote:
>> Bonjour,
>> Methinks that the following expression should evaluate to zero,
>> but it does not, even with
> FullSimplify :
>> ArcSinh[1]-Log[3363+2378*Sqrt[2]]/10
>> Could anyone explain ?

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Bobby R. Treat

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