Question about exponent shorthand

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg83803] Question about exponent shorthand*From*: Curtis Osterhoudt <cfo at lanl.gov>*Date*: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 05:38:36 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: LANL*Reply-to*: cfo at lanl.gov

Hi, all, I've just got used to using the character shortcut *^ to stand for "times 10 to the power of". As expected, these two expressions work: 1*^5 --> 100000 1*^-5 --> 1/100000 But putting parentheses around the exponent (as I'd prefer to do for readability) leads to Input: 1*^ (-5) Output: Syntax::sntxb:Expression cannot begin with "1.(-5)". Syntax::tsntxi:"1.^" is incomplete; more input is needed. Syntax::sntxi:Incomplete expression; more input is needed. This is on In[45]:= $Version Out[45]= "6.0 for Linux x86 (32-bit) (June 19, 2007)" Any clues? -- ========================================================== Curtis Osterhoudt cfo at remove_this.lanl.and_this.gov PGP Key ID: 0x4DCA2A10 Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html ==========================================================

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