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Whats the best way to show this?

  1. Nov 13, 2011 #1
    I need to take the 1.16 root of x, do I show it as;

    a) [itex]\sqrt[1.16]{x}[/itex]


    b) [itex]x^{\frac{1}{1.16}}[/itex]

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  3. Nov 13, 2011 #2
    they're both exactly the same, but I would say b) is easier to work with and gets your point across more clearly.
  4. Nov 13, 2011 #3

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    I like (a), but that's only because I almost never see it, and I didn't know how to do it in latex until just now.
  5. Nov 13, 2011 #4


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    To use a calculator for a certain value of x, 1. leads to 2., so use 2. without worrying about root symbols.
  6. Nov 13, 2011 #5
    yeah, I vote for b), too. More general and lends itself for easy inclusion into equations, polynomials, etc.
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