04-10-2012, 12:59 AM

Hello all

After thumbing through the Series E tutorial, "Solving Problems With Your Hewlett Packard Calculator," I came across the following example in the 'Raising Numbers to Powers' section:

Calculate (-2.7)^{5}.

Although the Series E and following calcs can perform this calculation, why would this calculation result in 'Error' on Woodstocks and Classics?

My hunch is that the algorithm before the Series E was something like:

10^{(x X log y)}

and since y is negative and the algorithm takes the log of y, that is where the error comes in.

*Edited: 10 Apr 2012, 1:09 a.m. *