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Re: Abs function

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  • Subject: [mg47318] Re: Abs function
  • From: "David W. Cantrell" <DWCantrell at>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 05:22:56 -0400 (EDT)
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Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at> wrote:
> tha mean that the derivative of Abs[] can be different for
> real and complex arguments. For real arguments you have
> D[Abs[x], x] // FullSimplify[#, Element[x, Reals]] &
> Sign[x]

It's interesting that that works as desired, considering that

In[1]:= Assuming[Element[x, Reals], Simplify[D[Abs[x], x] ]]

Out[1]= Abs'[x]

doesn't work as desired. Anyway, perhaps my prior suggestion of rewriting
in terms of UnitStep is still of some use since

In[2]:= Integrate[Abs[x], x] // FullSimplify[#, Element[x, Reals]] &

Out[2]= Integrate[Abs[x], x]

doesn't work as desired.

BTW, I didn't mention it in my prior post, but perhaps the nicest form
for that real antiderivative is just 1/2*x*Abs[x]. Could anyone manage
(without going to lots of trouble) to get Mathematica to give that form?

David Cantrell

> nikmatz wrote:
> > i try to find the derivative of abs function
> >
> > D[Abs[x],x]
> >
> > and Mathematica answer
> > Abs`[x]
> >
> > what mean that

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