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Re: can't MATHEMATICA simplify simple expressions?


Your desired result is only correct in certain cases.

FullSimplify[(a^2)^(3/2), Element[a, Reals]]
Abs[a]^3

FullSimplify[(a^2)^(3/2), a > 0]
a^3

David Park
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From: Cole Turner [mailto:REMOVEcole.tuner at liwest.at]
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net

if I enter:

FullSimplify [ (a^2)^(3/2) ]

(in correct MATHEMATICA syntax, the program does not yield the correct
result, a^3 ... 

why is that?

thanks!
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