       Derivatives D[ ] as Functions inside Tables; Need Help!

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• Subject: [mg13102] Derivatives D[ ] as Functions inside Tables; Need Help!
• From: siegman at ee.stanford.edu (AES)
• Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 03:44:07 -0400
• Organization: Stanford University
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```I'm trying to define a function f1[a,x] and its derivative f2[a,x],
where from my point of view x is the independent variable and   "a" is
a parameter I'll change on different runs.  So I write, as a simple
example:

Remove["Global`*"]

f1[a_,x_] :=a Cos[x] + a^2 Sin[x]

f1[a,x]

f2[a_,x_] := D[f1[a,x],x]

f2[a,x]

a=2

f1[a,x]

f2[a,x]

Table[{x, f1[a,x], f2[a.x]} // N, {x,0,4}] // TableForm

and everything looks fine -- except the function f2[a,x] will not
evaluate inside the Table[ ].  I don't understand this -- help in
understanding will be much appreciated.

siegman at ee.stanford.edu

```

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