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Mathematica strange behaviour finding a cubic root
Posted: Dec 16, 2012 1:06 AM
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How can I make Mathematica provides the same answer for
(-1/2)^(2/3) = ((-1/2)^2)^(1/3) ?

What follows is a Mathematica session:

In[1]:= (-1/2)^(2/3)

1 2/3
Out[1]= (-(-))

In[2]:= N[%]

Out[2]= -0.31498 + 0.545562 I

In[3]:= ((-1/2)^2)^(1/3)

Out[3]= 2

In[4]:= N[%]

Out[4]= 0.629961


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