# confusion on legendre symbol

i know that $\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)=1$ since $1^2\equiv 1 \pmod2$ now since $3\equiv 1\pmod2$ we should have $\left(\frac{3}{2}\right)=\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)=1$ but on Maple i get that $\left(\frac{3}{2}\right)=-1$ why?

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 The command \pmod produces the appropriate spacing and font for this. – joriki Mar 2 '12 at 9:17

Since the distinction is merely historic, I guess it makes sense for math software to treat them all the same; Wolfram|Alpha returns $-1$ for JacobiSymbol(3,2). See the Wikipedia article for the definition for even lower arguments; the interpretation that a value of $-1$ indicates a quadratic non-residue is no longer valid in this case.