When I define the following variables and function and then evaluate that function at given values:

c = 3*10^10;
k = 1.381*10^-16;
h = 6.626*10^-27;

g[x1_, x2_, x3_, x4_, x5_, x6_] = (2*h*c^2)/(x2^5*x6)*(x3 + x4*x1 + x5/2*x1^2)^-1 + 1.

g[0.2, 3737, 0.1435, 0.9481, -0.0920, 42.0*10^13]

I get the following output:

1. + 0.0000119268/(x2^5 (x3 + x1 x4 + (x1^2 x5)/2) x6)


I tried a simpler function to see if I get the same output and I did. I entered the following:

h1[x_, y_] = Log[x + y];
h1[1, 1]

which yielded Log[2]

What is going on here?

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    – lericr
    Mar 4, 2022 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ Please note that it is not equal to 1, Rationalize[g[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1], 0]==62255051/62254754 $\endgroup$
    – cvgmt
    Mar 4, 2022 at 1:12
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    – user49048
    Mar 4, 2022 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ And an added comment, these numbers are a bit familiar. They remind me of quantum mechanics stuff or quantum field theory stuff. Should that be the case, you can also work in Natural Units and make your life easier with the constants $\endgroup$
    – user49048
    Mar 4, 2022 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ What is the different result you were expecting? $\endgroup$ Mar 4, 2022 at 14:42

1 Answer 1


To understand what's going on, I think I have understood the question of the OP correctly, I think it's educational to do the computation step by step, while keeping in mind the comment by @cvgmt.

If you sub in all the values except for the x6 you have the following:

((2*h*c^2)/(x2^5*x6)*(x3 + x4*x1 + x5/2*x1^2)^-1 + 1.) /. 
      x1 -> 0.2 /. x2 -> 3737 /. x3 -> 0.1435 /. x4 -> 0.9481 /. 
  x5 -> -0.0920 // Rationalize

1 + 4.93984*10^-23/x6

Now, if we check

4.939843951797836`*^-23/x6 /. x6 -> (42.0*10^13)

we get


So, we want Mathematica to keep this and not Chop it to zero.

Borrowing the code from the wondeful answer by kirma

SetAttributes[RationalizedN, HoldFirst];
RationalizedN[expr_, n_: $MachinePrecision] := 
      x_ :> RuleCondition[Hold@Evaluate@Rationalize[x, 0], 
        InexactNumberQ@Unevaluated@x]], Hold@expr], n];

we can run the following

RationalizedN[g[0.2, 3737, 0.1435, 0.9481, -0.0920, 42.0*10^13], 50]

which yields



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