Calculator Bug Member

The native calculator while on Scientific Calculator mode doesn't properly apply exponents to expressions containing negative numbers.  -3^(2) should be -9 as opposed to (-3)^(2) which would be 9.  Pop both of these expressions into a Google search bar to assure yourself that I am right and then test the Samsung Calculator and you will see that it is flawed.

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Re: Calculator Bug Member

I'm replying to my own post because the system applied a hard return at a confusing place on the original post.

Here is how it should have read:

The native calculator while on Scientific Calculator mode doesn't properly apply exponents to expressions containing negative numbers.
-3^(2) should be -9 as opposed to (-3)^(2) which would be 9.
Pop both of these expressions into a Google search bar to assure yourself that I am right and then test the Samsung Calculator and you will see that it is flawed.

Re: Calculator Bug Member

Nice catch.

It looks like the calculator is not applying the order of operations correctly.
-3^2 is equivalent to -1*3^2 = -9,which the calculator does correctly.

It appears to be treating -3^2 as equivalent to (-3)^2, which is wrong.
Of course, if you "encourage" the calculator by putting parenthesis in the right places, -(3^2) then it'll come up with correct answer...

Re: Calculator Bug Novice

Most calculators will show this (incorrect) interpretation of -3^2, including the fun one supplied with Windows (try it!)