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Re: sqrt(x^2) = x

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  • Subject: [mg61193] Re: [mg61154] sqrt(x^2) = x
  • From: curtis <gardyloo at>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 01:42:38 -0400 (EDT)
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This *might* work for "simple" x -- I haven't tested it thoroughly.
Probably the gurus on the site will tell you about Hold on the sqrt
function. Anyway, on your output, try


  As far as I can tell, this will just pattern-match without regard as
to the positiveness or even realness of the argument a.


Francisco Javier wrote:

>Dear all, I am new in this group
>How can I tell Mathematica that I want to simplify all expressions like 
>Sqrt[x^2] as x, whithout taking into account that x is or not a 
>positive real number?
>Thank you very much

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