Re: Evaluate[] not needed in With[]

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• Subject: [mg62974] Re: Evaluate[] not needed in With[]
• From: "Jens-Peer Kuska" <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
• Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 06:39:56 -0500 (EST)
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```Hi,

With[] does a (clever) ReplaceAll[] of the constants
you give, in its body before the body is evaluated.
This means that the argument of ParametricPlot[] in your
example is replaced by the value of hlines ..
and so you don't need a Evaluate[].

Regards
Jens

"Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at globalsymmetry.com>
schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:dnbnav\$5ti\$1 at smc.vnet.net...
|I started looking at Dr. Maeder's _Programming in
Mathematica_, and was
| doing quite well understanding everything until
I got to the first example
| in the first section of the first chapter.  He
gives an example of using
| ParametricPlot and tells us "Because
ParametricPlot evaluates its arguments
| in a nonstandard way, we need to force
evaluation of the variable hline by
| wrapping in into Evaluate[]."  He later tells me
I don't need to do that
| for a "constant" in a With[] expression.  The
following is a cobbled
| together example showing both forms:
|
| Clear[z, x, y, cz, hlines, vlines];
| z = x + y I;
| cz = {Re[z], Im[z]};
| hg = With[{hlines = Table[N[cz], {y, -1, 1,
2/8}]},
|      ParametricPlot[hlines, {x, -Pi/2, Pi/2},
|          DisplayFunction -> Identity][[1]]
|      ];
| vlines = Table[N[cz], {x, -Pi/2, Pi/2, Pi/12}];
| vg = ParametricPlot[Evaluate[vlines], {y, -1,
1},
|        DisplayFunction -> Identity][[1]];
| Show[Graphics[Join[hg, vg], AspectRatio ->
Automatic, Axes -> True]]
|
instructions, but I still don't
| understand _why_ the version in the With[]
expression doesn't need the
| Evaluate[].  Is there a way to _explain_ this
behavior, or do I simply need
| to memorize the rule by rote?
| --
| The Mathematica Wiki:
http://www.mathematica-users.org/
| Math for Comp Sci
http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/math/bmwcs/master.html
| Math for the WWW: http://www.w3.org/Math/
|

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