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It's interesting that there are different behaviors for 9^1/2 and 9^3/2 (as lurflurf points out). 



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Of course the problem with DWIM is that different people sometimes have different ideas about "meaning". Ideally, there should be a way to get the computer system to tell you exactly how it interpreted your input, e.g. by adding parentheses or whatever. 



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One good thing about Alpha is that it shows you "what it thought you meant" (in "pretty" form) as an intermediate step.




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"In C there are 23 rules of precedence. The smart programmer knows that multiplication and division comes before addition and subtraction and then puts parenthesis around everything else". 


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