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My guess is that you're trying to call .n() or float not on the number but on the _equation_. For example:

sage: ans = solve((x-11/sqrt(13))**2,x)
sage: ans
[x == 11/13*sqrt(13)]
sage: ans[0]
x == 11/13*sqrt(13)
sage: ans[0].n()
TypeError                                 Traceback (most recent call last)
/Applications/sage/local/lib/python2.6/site-packages/sage/symbolic/ in sage.symbolic.expression.Expression._numerical_approx (sage/symbolic/expression.cpp:17880)()
TypeError: cannot evaluate symbolic expression numerically

You really want to get at the expression on the right:

sage: ans[0].rhs().n()

or maybe

sage: ans = solve((x-11/sqrt(13))**2,x,solution_dict=True)
sage: ans[0]
{x: 11/13*sqrt(13)}
sage: ans[0][x]
sage: ans[0][x].n()