* is multiplication (shift+8 keys)

+ is addition (the + / = key)

– is subtraction (the – / _ key)

^ is exponent (shift+6 keys)

( ) modify order of operations (shift+9 and shift+0 keys)

This is with a standard US layout Mac keyboard

]]>It looks like using the ^ power symbol in Spotlight is a new feature in Snow Leopard, as it works when I tested it on my SL MacBook Pro but not on my Leopard iMac.

]]>am running OS X(10.5.8).

In Spotlight, when I enter the expression 3.54*(12/3)^3 it produces no result.

It’s been some forty years since math ed, but I understand this expression to mean: multiply 3.54 by the result of 12 divided by 3 to the power of 3.

Further, when I use the calculator (scientific) I get the result (3.54 * pow((12 / 3), 3)

= 226.56).

any thoughts?

Disclaimer: I am not now nor have I ever been a mathematician, computer programmer or full-time Mac user. ]]>

I still find myself trying to do calculations in Quicksilver. Unfortunately, 10.6 broke that and many other QS plugins.

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