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Question about exponent shorthand

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  • Subject: [mg83803] Question about exponent shorthand
  • From: Curtis Osterhoudt <cfo at>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 05:38:36 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: LANL
  • Reply-to: cfo at

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
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