[Matrix-SIG] Power of trigs
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 09:17:08 -0600
From: Dave Stinchcombe <email@example.com>
>This morning I needed to write a quick and easy root finder, so obviously I
>grabbed Numeric Python.
>I have a problem though. I wrote the line:
>where nus is a constant of 0.3. phi is an array holding a list of values
>I'm searching through. The problem comes that this line fails when phi is
>greater than pi/2.
>Now obviously this is due to the fact I'm trying to calculate a complex (or
>at the very least an imaginary) number. But I want to. Can any one give
>some suggestions as to how to cope, or in some way make python also believe
>in complex numbers.
Power will return complex numbers if one of the arguments is complex,
otherwise it assumes you want a real answer and raises an exception. Two
things that should work to convince power that you mean business are: