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Re: newbie question about the symbol E

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  • Subject: [mg28324] Re: newbie question about the symbol E
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 02:01:02 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
  • References: <9arn5o$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


it's not possible to use E but you many use \[ScriptCapitalE] instead
that fit to the physical usual notation of the kinetic energy and the
Lagrangian :-)


"Martin P. Pos" wrote:
> I want to declare a function of energy E, say f[E], but mathematica doesn't
> allow me to use E as a symbol, because it is reserved for the exponential
> constant. In the frontend I use <esc>ee<esc> to enter that exponential
> constant, but i want E to be the variable of this function.
> Similar, I can declare a constant, e.g.:
> Subscript[E, F] := 10
> But when I do:
> Clear[Subscript[E, F]]
> mathematica responds:
> "Clear::ssym : eF is not a symbol or string"
> where eF is the exponential constant, subscript F.
> I want to enter the following formula:
> f[x_] := 1/(1 + E^((Subscript[x, F] - x)/(k*T)))
> where E should be the exponential constant and x should be E (capital e)
> Is there a way to do what I want, or is it not possible to use E?
> Regards, Martin P. Pos

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