thf at pvs.k12.nm.us
Thu May 22 12:30:00 EDT 2003
Hi Chris et al...
> Isn't -10^2 the same as -10*-10?
No. (pretty pedantic, huh? sorry to seem rude)
> It's basic Algebra.
Exactly. -10^2 is the same as -X^2.
Surely we don't want to say that:
-X^2 = -X * -X
-X^2 + X^2 = 2 X^2
and surely, I hope, we don't want that.
This is an elegance question, not a practical one, since using ()
will avoid the issue, but seems important nonetheless (or "especially
important because of that", I would say). [...even further off-topic
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