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*Subject*: [mg105018] How to instruct Math to take a certain (e.g. real) type of results
*From*: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at iee.lu>
*Date*: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 06:57:41 -0500 (EST)
Dear Community,
I came to a problem, that I cannot check the solution y=0 of equation
In[345]:= eq = (-8 + y)^(1/3) + (8 + y)^(1/3) == y^(1/3);
eq /. y -> 0
Out[346]= False
just because the expression
In[347]:= eq[[1]] /. y -> 0
Out[347]= 2 + 2 (-1)^(1/3)
Mathematica does not interpret as zero. And if I ask it to give a
numerical answer
In[348]:= 2 + 2 (-1.)^(1/3)
Out[348]= 3.+ 1.73205 \[ImaginaryI]
It returns the complex root out of the three possible.
My question is the following:
1) How should I instruct Mathematica to take a certain root that I want
of say, (-1)^(1/3)?
2) I think there is a general possibility instruct Mathematica that all
calculations should be done on reals only. Is it right?
Thank you, Alexei
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