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    How do I tell Maxima to give me an answer in decimals?

    How do I tell Maxima to give me an answer in decimals instead of a long algebraic (and numerical) answer? I want the default to remain the algebraic number (if that's what you call it) but I'd like to be able to see the decimal form for quick comparisons when needed.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s3a View Post
    How do I tell Maxima to give me an answer in decimals instead of a long algebraic (and numerical) answer? I want the default to remain the algebraic number (if that's what you call it) but I'd like to be able to see the decimal form for quick comparisons when needed.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
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    Thanks. Just to clarify, yesterday, I found numer:true$, that would be to change the default value for everything and what you just told me is just temporary for one of the outputs (or inputs), right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by s3a View Post
    Thanks. Just to clarify, yesterday, I found numer:true$, that would be to change the default value for everything and what you just told me is just temporary for one of the outputs (or inputs), right?
    Yes.

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