miscdas at boxfrog.com miscdas at boxfrog.com
Thu May 22 12:37:01 EDT 2003

Gary Rathbone writes: 

>> Hope I don't get flamed for this, but I don't agree.
>> :-)  Someone feel free to dispute me if I'm wrong, but
>> I think Rev is correct. Isn't -10^2 the same as -10*-10 
> Totally agree with you...
> I read -10^2 as (-10)^2 not -(10^2) 
> As the interpretation seems to be in the eye of the beholder, then to save
> creating any doubt I'd always recommend parenthesis. 
> Gary Rathbone BSc MBCS

I'm from the other camp. If I have negation in my numbers, it may not be 
clear to everyone that looks at them that I expect the power to take 
precedence. So, to ensure we all get the same results, I would use (-10^2) 
to get positive results and -(10^2) to get negative results and avoid the 
use of -10^2 altogether. 

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