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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Stefy,

Thanks for the reply. The idea that √ and 'square root' don't mean quite the same thing was new to me so I've been thinking about it.

So how does the principle value concept work then?

Bob

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

From complex analysis I think you write the number in polar form, then use De Moivre's theorem to find the principal value, with the angle between -π and π (and r is non-negative).

In this case, we get 1 + i√3 as the principal value.

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Thanks zetafunc.

So, in practice, does it really matter?

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Does it matter in which sense?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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This is a solved example from the book, but has no negative and positive sign in it finall answer though I expect;

Example 10.26

Make u the subject of the relation

V = 1/4(25-U^2)^1/2.

And

Make V the subject.

E = V + 1/2MV^2.

What do you make of this?

Why do suppose the book did not bring both signs at all, in each case?

Thanks.

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bob bundy wrote:

Thanks zetafunc.

So, in practice, does it really matter?

Bob

If one is not careful, it can lead to incorrect solutions to integrals like the one in #48 (if the method of evaluation is to use a contour with the residue theorem).

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EbenezerSon wrote:

Make u the subject of the relation

V = 1/4(25-U^2)^1/2.

And

Make V the subject.

E = V + 1/2MV^2.

The above is a problem in a book, it is solved in it, but the letter which should be the subject in each case carries a square, and to my suprise the right hand side eqution has no positive and negative sign in front of the root signs and it really baffles me why the signs are absent.

Do anyone have an idea why the signs where omitted by the book?

Thanks.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I am getting

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Yes that's fine.

But I suppose when you solve it down the RHS must take 'the square root sign'

and a positive and a negative sign as well. Strangely only the root sign is present.

What do you think is like that in the book?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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In that case it was not necessary to take a square root at any time.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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So you mean there will be no square at the RHS at all? The book has it there.

My problem with it is, why there is no positive and negative sign in front of the root sign at the RHS in the book.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The above is a problem in a book, it is solved in it, but the letter which should be the subject in each case carries a square

You said the subject is squared.

I took your quote to mean you wanted to solve for U^2. If you want to solve for U then we will take a root.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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But if I am solving for U, and take root of both sides, I think there will come a root sign to the the R.H.S, in front of the root sign there must be positive and negative sign present, is that not it?

Thank you Bobbym.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, if you solve for U, then there will be a ± in front.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Thanks, Bobbym

I cant tell why the book did not bring that.

Thanks once more.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It just means one is positive and the other is negative.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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It seems you did not get what I mean.

I mean the book solved for U but there was no positive and negative sign in front of 'the root sign' to the R.H.S.

what do you think it did not have it?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Because sometimes it is left out.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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If for inştance, a student does that would not a teacher mark him down?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes he/she might mark them down.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Thanks.

In the case of pythagoras theorem, I rarely see those sign in the final solution.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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When dealing with the Pythagorean theorem you are usually working on a triangle. Triangles can not have negative lengths.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Okay, Thanks bobbym.

Then I suppose, in change of subject, speed, velocity, time etc. Can't be negative in practise and therefore, if one is asked to make any of the above subject of a relation, should be in the postive form instead.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Speed is a scalar, so it can not be negative. Velocity is a vector, it can be negative. According to the physicists, time can take a negative value.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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On what basis can time take a negative value?

I haven't heard that before, did he prove why?

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