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RE: log vs root



One design objective was to keep the introduction of new
elements to a minimum. Initially, one "repetition counter" type of
element was used in all such settings - partial derivatives, log bases,
roots.

The notion "degree of a log" seemed to stretch the common
use of "degree" too far, so "logbase" was introduced.
The distinction between degree and degree occuring inside
a root element seemed unnecessary.


Stan Devitt
Waterloo Maple Inc.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor
> [SMTP:roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca]
> Sent:	Friday, March 13, 1998 10:29 PM
> To:	www-math@w3.org
> Subject:	log vs root
> 
> Why does log have a logbase element, but root doesn't have a rootdgree
> element?  This seems like an inconsistancy. 
> 
> -- 
> Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
>     <URL:http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/%7Eroconnor/>
> "And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message"
> -- Anindita Dutta, "The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy"


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