Re: RE: Re: Q: Simplify with "much less"assumptions

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg35683] Re: [mg35657] RE: [mg35622] Re: [mg35600] Q: Simplify with "much less"assumptions*From*: "Eric L. Strobel" <fyzycyst at comcast.net>*Date*: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 04:46:42 -0400 (EDT)*Reply-to*: fyzycyst at mailaps.org*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

on 7/24/02 2:06 AM, DrBob at majort at cox-internet.com wrote: > When you say, "x is much less than y", do you mean close to 0? Or close > to -Infinity? In either case, there's no good definition of "simplify" > unless you mean to take the Limit, and that only works if the function > has a limit at 0 or -Infinity. You can use Limit or you can simply > substitute x->0. > > Be clear on what you want, and I think the solution will become obvious. > > Bobby > > -----Original Message----- > From: Xuguang(Heather) Zhang [mailto:xuguang_zhang at hotmail.com] To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net > Subject: [mg35683] [mg35657] [mg35622] Re: [mg35600] Q: Simplify with "much less" > assumptions > > > AW: [mg35600] Q: Simplify with "much less" assumptionsThank you, bode. > Maybe the last example I gave is too simplified. In fact, the problem I > always meet with is as follows: > F(x,y,w,z) is a function of x,y,w and z where x,y,w and z are greater > than zero. I want to simplify F(x,y,w,z) under the assumption that x is > much less than y. > Can you please tell me how to do that? Thank you. > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Matthias.Bode at oppenheim.de To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net > Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 8:48 AM > Subject: [mg35683] [mg35657] [mg35622] AW: [mg35600] Q: Simplify with "much less" > assumptions > > > Hello Heather, > > try: > > 1 + x^2 /. {x -> 0} > > It will give you the 1 you wish. > > Best regards, > Matthias Bode. > > Von: Xuguang(Heather) Zhang [mailto:xuguang_zhang at hotmail.com] > Gesendet: Montag, 22. Juli 2002 08:11 > An: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net > Betreff: [mg35600] Q: Simplify with "much less" assumptions > > > > > Hello, everybody, > > I have one question regarding simplify answer with assumptions. For > example, I have "1+x^2". The assumptions is x is much much less than > 1. > Therefore x^2 can be neglected under the above assumption. What I get > after simplification should be "1" only. Can anybody tell me how do > this > in Mathematica? It seems there is no "much less" or "much greater" > symbol in Mathematica. Thank you all. > > Heather > I think, from the general usage of the term "much less than", at least as far as my experience, that the correct interpretation is: x/y -> 0 This, of course, also suggests a way to handle the problem. If Heather can recast the problem from F(x,y,w,z) to F(x/y,w,z), and then evaluate the desired expression with the limit ( desiredExpression /. {x/y -> 0} ), then the problem should be solved. Or did I miss something? - Eric. -- Eric Strobel (fyzycyst at NOSPAM^mailaps.org) ===================================================================== I'm searching for myself... If I get back before I return, please make sure I stay here. =====================================================================