Question about exponent shorthand
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- 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
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.
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