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Subscripted variables and FindRoot?

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  • Subject: [mg26688] Subscripted variables and FindRoot?
  • From: Mike Yukish <may106 at>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 00:47:36 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Penn State University, Center for Academic Computing
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I love using subscripted variables for readability, but they seem to
have their limitations. FindRoot[ ] seems to burp when presented with a
function that takes a subscripted variable as input. Also, and probably
related, how do you declare a subscripted variable as a pattern for a
function? Patterns and subscripts seem to clash.

This is no problem...

foo[x_]:= x^2

This is a problem (read Xy as x-subscripted-y)

foo[Xy_] := Xy^2

Where it does not recognize compute z^2 when presented with


Any hints on how to work with them?

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