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:
Syntax::tsntxi: "5.(-3)" is incomplete; more input is needed.
Syntax::sntxi: Incomplete expression; more input is needed.
although this works:
and so does this:
but this won't work:
n = -3;
Why does Mathematica work this way? Especially with using variables as the exponent?