Re: ArcTan[1/0] no result, but ArcTan[Infinity] ok. How to resolve?
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- Subject: [mg56922] Re: ArcTan[1/0] no result, but ArcTan[Infinity] ok. How to resolve?
- From: dh <dh at metrohm.ch>
- Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 03:42:28 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Steve, If you are know what you are doing, you could redefine the value of 0^-1 by the following: Unprotect[Power]; Power[0, -1] = DirectedInfinity; with this you will then get: ArcTan[1/0] --> Pi/2 Sincerely, Daniel steve wrote: > hi; > Mathematica 5.1, on windows. > > ArcTan[1/0] gives an error but > ArcTan[Infinity] gives the correct answer. > > One way to make ArcTan[1/0] give Pi/2 is to > write it as ArcTan[0,1]. > > I do know that 1/0 is DirectedInfinity with > unknown direction while Infinity is > DirectedInfinity, and that is probably the > reason that ArcTan[1/0] gives an error > but ArcTan[Infinity] does not. > > I am asking is how to make 1/0 result in DirectedInfinity > to avoid the error? is this possible? > > What function do I need to wrap 1/0 with to > cause it to become Infinity instead of > Infinity ? or may be I need to figure how > to detect if a division results in Infinity > and convert that to Infinity? do I need > to redfine 1/0 somehow? may be make a new > rule to say if Mathematica see 1/0 expression then > make it Infinity? but may be this will screw > other things? > > Or may I should not mess with this stuff and > just change the code to ArcTan[x,y] instead of > ArcTan[y/x] and be happy? > > thanks, > Steve >