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Re: Subscript Variable

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  • Subject: [mg20302] Re: Subscript Variable
  • From: William Golz <wgolz at>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 03:39:36 -0400
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I have had a similar problem, but have not found a workaround. Subscripted
variables in 3.0 exhibit some very unexpected behavior. You can, however,
define them as f1, f2, where the numerals are not subscripts.

CORNIL Jack Michel wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a problem about subscript variables.
> First Question :
> If I use a variable named Subscript[x,1] ,
> (typed in with Ctrl _)
> I can affect a value to this variable, get value of expressions
> involving this variable, clear this variable with . but not with Clear[]
> !
> This variable is not given when I ask Names["x*"] and I cannot get
> information on it with ?.
> Second Question :
> If I use such a variable in order to define a function with
>   f1[x_]=x^2+1
> I cannot clear the variable with f1=.
> (of course, just above f1 means Subscript[f,1])
> Thanks a lot for any help
> J.Michel CORNIL

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