Re: why is this happening?

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• Subject: [mg99223] Re: why is this happening?
• From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
• Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 06:22:50 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Uni Leipzig
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• Reply-to: kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de

```Hi,
and you are sure that you not mean

Solve[k2/k1 + ld^2 + ld == 0, ld]

vs

Solve[k1 ld + k2 + k1*ld^2 == 0, ld]

or do you just like to ask why Mathematica
return different answers for nonequivalent input ?

Regards
Jens

sean_incali at yahoo.com wrote:
> Consider the following.
>
> Solve[k1 ld + k1 k2 + ld^2 == 0, ld]
>
> vs
>
> Solve[k2/k1 + ld^2 + ld == 0, ld]
>
>
> I expected to get the output I got from the first code.
>
>>From the second code, I was expecting something along the lines of
>
> ld ->-1 + (SquareRoot[1 - 4 (k2/k21)])/2
> ld -> -1 - (SquareRoot[1 - 4 (k2/k21)])/2
>
> since that is the answer.
>
> Why is Mathematica turning the second scaled equation into the
> unscaled one in the first before solving it?
>
> Thanks for any insight.
>
> Sean
>
>

```

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