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Steven
09/20/10 4:41pm

Hi,

I'm experiencing an error with using the shortcut for scientific notation (*^) when negative values are used. For instance, it's fine when I write:
5*^3

but not
5*^(-3)
Syntax::tsntxi: "5.(-3)" is incomplete; more input is needed.
Syntax::sntxi: Incomplete expression; more input is needed.

although this works:
5*10^(-3)

and so does this:
5*^-3

but this won't work:
n = -3;
5*^n

Why does Mathematica work this way? Especially with using variables as the exponent?

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Error in inputting scientific notation Steven 09/20/10 4:41pm
Re: Error in inputting scientific notation yehuda ben-s... 09/22/10 01:14am
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