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Re: Re: can anyone solve this equation?

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  • Subject: [mg58186] Re: [mg58159] Re: can anyone solve this equation?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 06:03:20 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <d8rhj9$i7n$> <> <>
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>I agree that subscripted expressions look better. However, I run into
>many instances where Mathematica does not treat subscripted variables
>as symbols.

Symbolize in Utilities`Notation` is designed to do exactly that (and 
in some display formats, such as InputForm, it automatically actually 
uses \[UnderBracket] anyway).

>Notation commands with appropriate pattern matching can
>take care of converting the unbracketed expressions to more easily
>readable ones, but I didn't want to complicate the situation any more
>than it already was.

Indeed -- to even read and digest your expression I used 
pattern-matching several times to reduce the expression to something 
more manageable.


>Sincere thanks to both Paul and Pratik for the solutions; I will be
>testing them shortly.
>On 6/20/05, Paul Abbott <paul at> wrote:
>>  In article <d8rhj9$i7n$1 at>,
>>   Chris Chiasson <chris.chiasson at> wrote:
>>  > Can anyone solve the following equation (for theta_4)?
>>  Essentially, you are solving the equation
>>    FullSimplify[Solve[a - Cos[t] - Sqrt[R^2 - Sin[t]^2] == x, t]]
>>  where x = 2 n rhs/d is a constant multiple of your right-hand side, rhs,
>>  t is theta_4, and a = R + 2/(c - 1) + 1. This is, of course, trivial. I
>>  expect that Solve struggles with your expression because of the length
>>  and/or complexity of rhs.
>>  To me, using \[UnderBracket] makes your input expression unreadable.
>>  Only an engineer would work with such expressions!
>>  Personally, I like using subscripted expressions in Mathematica. They
>>  are not without their difficulties and subtleties -- but are preferable
>>  to using \[UnderBracket].
>>  Cheers,
>>  Paul
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