       Re: can't MATHEMATICA simplify simple expressions?

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• Subject: [mg51555] Re: can't MATHEMATICA simplify simple expressions?
• From: "Dana DeLouis" <delouis at bellsouth.net>
• Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 22:22:26 -0400 (EDT)
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```I believe with square roots, there are usually two answers.  For example,
here we see that the answer could be + - 2.

In:=(a^2)^(3/2) /. a -> 2

Out=8

In:=(a^2)^(3/2) /. a -> -2

Out=8

Two ideas.

In:=

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

Out=a^3

In:=

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

Out=a^3

HTH

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Dana DeLouis

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"Cole Turner" <REMOVEcole.tuner at liwest.at> wrote in message
news:cl4tg0\$8g7\$1 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!

> --

> Johnny: [plugging back in the runway lights]

>          "Just kidding."

>                   ('Airplane!', 1980)

>

```

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