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Homework Help: Very easy question

  1. Jul 22, 2011 #1
    Is it correct ?
    $ \sqrt{(-1)^2} $ = $ \sqrt{(-1)}\sqrt{(-1)} $= $ i*i $=$ i^2 $ =$ -1 $
    or
    $ \sqrt{(-1)^2} $ = $ \sqrt{(1)} $=1
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2011 #2

    eumyang

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    You mean this?
    [itex]\text{1) }\sqrt{(-1)^2} = \sqrt{(-1)} \cdot \sqrt{(-1)} = i \cdot i = i^2 = -1[/itex]
    [itex]\text{2) }\sqrt{(-1)^2} = \sqrt{1} = 1[/itex]

    Note that the product property of radicals,
    [itex]\sqrt{ab} = \sqrt{a} \cdot \sqrt{b}[/itex]
    holds only if both a and b are non-negative.
     
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