# Failure to check simple conditions using boolean tests

Hi folks,

I am currently designing a microeconomics course using SageMath (9.6) on CoCalc. For one exercise, I would like to use boolean tests to determine whether a production function is exhibiting increasing/constant/decreasing returns to scale.

Doing so, I ran into the following oddities (probably linked to one another), which I was hoping someone could help me with :

```
a = var("a")
assume(a > 1)
assume(a, "real")
# Check that 'a' is positive
print(a.is_positive()) # First oddity
# Check that sqrt(a) < a
print(bool(a**(1/2) < a)) # Second oddity
```

False

False

Both statements should obviously be true. I am getting the same results when running the code on SageMath 9.1 and SageMath 9.4. Am I missing something or are we dealing with a bug ?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I believe I was able to find the answer to my question in another thread :

https://ask.sagemath.org/question/8378/assume-seems-not-to-work-for-a-specific-case/?answer=12756#post-id-12756

Long story short, Maxima is behind both

`assume()`

and`solve()`

. However, it does not rely on the assumptions made elsewhere in its solver. If I understand correctly, this therefore means that the`a`

I describe in my assumption(s) is somewhat distinct from the one I initiated and called in the booleans, which is quite interesting.