AW: How to extract a solution from Mathematica's answer to "Solve"

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• Subject: [mg49383] AW: [mg49363] How to extract a solution from Mathematica's answer to "Solve"
• From: Matthias.Bode at oppenheim.de
• Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 06:38:48 -0400 (EDT)
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```Hi Rainer,

I apologize for the typo in line 3(the cut & paste curse):

sol = Solve[x^2 - 6*x - 16 == 0, x]
sol01 = sol[[1,1,2]]
sol02 = sol[[2,1,2]]

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Gesendet: Freitag, 16. Juli 2004 12:07
An: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Betreff: [mg49363] How to extract a solution from Mathematica's answer to
"Solve"

I have a question concerning the Solve command. Assume I have solved
an equation using Solve. Mathematica returns the solutions in the
following form (example for 2 solutions):

{{x->-2}, {x->2}}

Now, assume I wish always to pick the first of these two solutions and
store it in a variable (to be able to continue working with it in the
Notebook). Is there a command to "extract" the second solution and to
store it in a variable. Since the response is in a form of a matrix
{{...},{...}}, I have tried things like MySolution = %[[1]], but it
always fails.

I appreciate any helpful commands!
Thanks
Rainer

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