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Re: solve output "problem"

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  • Subject: [mg59066] Re: solve output "problem"
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 02:26:12 -0400 (EDT)
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Pratik Desai schrieb:
> Selina wrote:
>>Dear all,
>>I have a (possibly simple) problem interpreting the output of Solve. I am solving two nonlinear equations, and I get a list of several solutions, each of which are huge equations, which should be functions of my parameters. Anyway, I am not sure how to describe the problem but the output of Solve involves the following: #1, #1^2, .....,#1^6, along with everything else, and at the end there is an & symbol--something like "&, 2]" at the end of the second solution, "&, 6]" at the end of the 6th solution etc. What might be the reason why the output looks like this, and is there a way to convert this to a "normal" equation (without the #1's etc.)?
>>Any help would be appreciated, thanks a lot in advance.
> I suspect you have a functional output in terms of Root. Look at the 
> help on Root
> As far as I can understand, you can get a normal equation by
> First[expr][x]
> where x is your variable of interest. But that probably won't solve your 
> problem, just puts it back in the "normal" form.
> ...
> Best regards
> Pratik
Not really... First[Root[f,index]][x] evaluates to f[x] which brings you
back to "the root of your problem" ;-), which is f[x]==0. It does _not_
in any way 'normalize' the roots.

Peter Pein

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