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On constants and D's behaviour

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg52428] On constants and D's behaviour
  • From: Nicolas Girard <nicolas.girard at strasbourg.fr>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 01:40:21 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Dear people,
just a thought, from a frustrated mind:

given that one can explicitely tell a symbol is a constant by modifying
its attributes, then why the hell doesn't the partial derivative D take
advantage of it, and treat nonconstant symbol as.... nonconstants, by
default ??

Cheers,
Nicolas


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