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Re: Basic conditional statement question.

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  • Subject: [mg48688] Re: [mg48653] Basic conditional statement question.
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2004 02:44:12 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Either of these will work for you, I think:

If[a == 0, Null, Print["such and such"], Print["such and such"]]
"such and such"

If[ !TrueQ[a == 0], Print["such and such"]]
"such and such"


On Wed, 9 Jun 2004 04:17:30 -0400 (EDT), Scott <jujio77 at> wrote:

> Here is a question I would think has a simple solution.  Let's say I
> have some variable "a" which is an integer, but I haven't defined it
> in Mathematica.  I want to run a conditional statement on it.
> Basically
> If[a!=0,Print["such and such"]]
> When I do something like this, Mathematica I asume is spitting out a
> null statement, because it doesn't do anything.  So, how can I define
> "a" such that Mathematica knows it isn't =0 yet, still some integer.
> The reason I ask is I am calculating Christophel symbols (and such)
> and many of them =0, so I want to only output those that are not equal
> to zero.
> Thanks for any help,
> Scott

DrBob at

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