       Re: [Newbie] Interpreting output

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• Subject: [mg56658] Re: [Newbie] Interpreting output
• From: Peter Pein <petsie at arcor.de>
• Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 01:32:40 -0400 (EDT)
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```MC wrote:
> Hi everybody....
>
> I'm having troubles in interpreting the output of Mathematica.
>
> My problem is to define a function F(x,y,z) such that:
> F = (whatever) if x>c
> F=(whatever) if x<=c
>
> I achievied this using /;
>
> When I derive F with respect to one of the variables, the result is a mess.
> Just an example with 1 variable:
>
> f=x/;x>0;
> f=-x^2/;x<0;
>
This is not a function.

> D[f,x]=-2Condition(1,0)[x^2,x<0]+Condition(1,0)[x^2,x<0]Less(1,0)[x,0]
>
> Even in this very simple case, the result is a real mess:
> I really do not know how should I read that...and I'm wondering if
> I have defined the function in the right way.
>
> Anybody so kind to explain me what's goung on?
>
> Thank you very much for your patience
>
If you want a function:
In:= f[x_]:=Piecewise[{{x,x>0},{-x^2,x<0}},0];
f'[x]//InputForm
Out//InputForm=
Piecewise[{{-2*x, x < 0}, {1, x > 0}}, Indeterminate]

looks nice without InputForm.

Piecewise is new in version 5.1. For older versions:

In:= f4[x_]:=Which[x<0,-x^2,x>0,x];
f4'[x]
Out= Which[x<0,-2 x,x>0,1]
--
Peter Pein
Berlin

```

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