Re: number types

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• Subject: [mg21650] Re: number types
• From: Harald Giese <giese at dkrz.de>
• Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 03:59:59 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: Institut fuer Meereskunde, Universitaet Hamburg
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```Naum Phleger wrote:
>
>     I feel sort of silly asking something that should be so clear but after
> LOTS of trying I can't seem to get it right.
>
> How can I make Mathematica know that a variable is real or positive so that
>
> Conjugate[a] gives a
>
> Sqrt[ a^2 ] gives a
>
> when I evaluate integrals with a in them it doesn't give me an If statement
> like
>

Hi,

You have to tell Mathematica the property within the expression:

In[1]:= Simplify[Conjugate[a], a \[Element] Reals]
Out[1]= a

In[2]:= Simplify[Sqrt[a^2], a \[Element] Reals]
Out[2]= Abs[a]

> If[ Im[a]=0, answer I want   , unevaluated integral ]
Please note: "Equal[]" is abbreviated as "==", not "=".

Regards,
Harald

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