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Re: Notation for Complex Conjugation

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  • Subject: [mg46040] Re: Notation for Complex Conjugation
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 18:20:46 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <bvg0gf$qid$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <bvg0gf$qid$1 at>,
 alan heider <mathphysabs at> wrote:

> I need to be able to write a function for c.c. that
> simply places an overbar above a symbol or removes an
> existing one, and especially needs to apply to
> products of variables where one may have an overbar
> and the other does not.  There is no internal
> representation of the variables such as a + ib, so
> this is strictly a typesetting matter.

Since you only want a format (for output only?) the following should do:


 Conjugate[z_] := OverBar[z]

 Conjugate[z] w



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