typesetting piecewise function

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg19761] typesetting piecewise function*From*: Henrik Weimer <henrik at rice.edu>*Date*: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 03:53:09 -0400*Organization*: Rice University*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hello! I use Mathematica 4 for a lot of my technical writing. One common problem I have is defining a piecewise function. In mathematical notation one commonly uses a large opening curly brace with all the cases listed to the right. In Mathematica I can try to do this but the curly brace does not scale to the full hight of the matrix of cases on the right. Here is an example: \!\(\* RowBox[{\(\[ScriptCapitalN][\[ScriptX]]\), "=", RowBox[{"{", GridBox[{ {"1", RowBox[{ RowBox[{ RowBox[{ StyleBox["if", "Text"], " ", "0"}], "<", "\[ScriptX]", "<=", "1"}], ","}]}, {"0", StyleBox["otherwise", "Text"]} }]}]}]\) If I use a regular opening paren instead of the curly brace it scales fine (I guess Mathematica thinks this is a matrix). Is there a way of getting this to look right with a large opening curly brace or something similar? Thanks, Henrik Weimer henrik at rice.edu