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Re: Re: newbie question on functions

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  • Subject: [mg51848] Re: [mg51794] Re: newbie question on functions
  • From: Christopher Purcell <christopherpurcell at>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 01:25:47 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <cm22t7$gk1$> <cm4r7j$6lm$> <>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

You probably meant to use Append in your example of unexpected 
behaviour, since AppendTo works as one might hope.


But AppendTo actually does what its name suggests:


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On Nov 2, 2004, at 3:05 AM, AES/newspost wrote:

> In article <cm4r7j$6lm$1 at>,
>  David Bailey <dave at> wrote:
>> Yes, of course you can save the result of a calculation. For example:
>> result=intensity[4.,5.]
> For the original "newbie" poster:
> For newbies, or less expert users like me, it's easy to think that
> something like
>     AppendTo[list, expr]
> is a "command" that will do what it says: append expr to list.  Takes a
> few bad experiences to realize that you actually have to say
>     list = AppendTo[list,expr]
> Same general principle applies more broadly.

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