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Re: Three piece function

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  • Subject: [mg60235] Re: Three piece function
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve_usenet at>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 04:53:15 -0400 (EDT)
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There are two ways that I know of:

1. Select the offending cell, then in the Option Inspector (Ctrl+Shift+O) go 

Formatting Options / Expression Formatting / Spanning Character Options

and set SpanMaxSize to Infinite.

2. If you have version 5.1 or later you have Piecewise. See the Help Browser 
for how to manually format the definition of piecewise functions.

Steve Luttrell

"Steven Jonak" <JonakSt at> wrote in message 
news:dfm7fi$h87$1 at
> I'm a little new to using Mathematica for creating handouts/quizzes and
> tests so please bear with me!  I'm using Mathematica to write a test and
> I can't seem to get a decent looking three-piece function.  For two
> pieces, the typesetting palette works fine.  I used Show Expression to
> see how they got the curly bracket on the left side but when I tried to
> change it to three pieces with a curly bracket on the left side (a one
> row, three column matrix with the bracket) the size of the bracket
> doesn't change--and looks bad.
> Any suggestions?
> S Jonak
> "Maintain an even strain."

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