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Re: Not getting numeric answer to simple division

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  • Subject: [mg56643] Re: Not getting numeric answer to simple division
  • From: "Steven Shippee" <droukas at>
  • Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 00:46:45 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: "Steven Shippee" <slshippee at>
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Most, if not all, suggestions to getting approximate answers suggested or
recommended using N, e.g.,

3/7  //N

I've gotten into a habit of using a period when I want an approximation,


Is this OK or a bad habit to get into - I ask because none of the more
seasoned users recommended it.

Thanks in advance,

Steven Shippee

"Paul Hughes" <psidoc at> wrote in message
news:d4sp98$apu$1 at
> Does anyone know how to get a numeric answer to a simple division problem?
> Even if I have a very complex problem, the moment I place the division
> symbol '/' into the equation, my answer always comes out as   a/b in
> some form.
> Paul

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