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Topic: Re: In "square root of -1", should we say "minus 1" or "negative
1"?

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Joe Niederberger

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Re: In "square root of -1", should we say "minus 1" or "negative
1"?

Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:40 AM
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R. Hansen says:
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I was thinking...
(3) * (-2) = (-2) + (-2) + (-2) = -2 - 2 - 2
Or the other way around ...
(-2) * (3) = - 3 - 3 (repeated subtraction) (I just realized so much for crabtree's subtracted once from itself theory, that was an unexpected bonus)
And with two negatives...
(-2) * (-3) = - (-3) - (-3) (thus, when you are subtracting a minus you are actually adding)
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That's kind of cute -- I like it.
But I think to make it solid you would have to
define multiplication of (+)x(-) and (-)x(+)
first, and treat them asymmetrically!

Cheers,
Joe N



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