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Real numerical computations

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  • Subject: [mg71701] Real numerical computations
  • From: José Carlos Santos <jcsantos at fc.up.pt>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 04:04:08 -0500 (EST)

Hi all,

With Mathematica, if I type

N[(-1.)^(1/3)]

I get

0.5 + 0.866025 i

This is correct, of course, but I would like to get -1. instead. How do
I tell Mathematica that I want a real result (if there is one)?

Best regards,

Jose Carlos Santos


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