Problems with Set, SetDelayed and replacement rules...

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg72274] Problems with Set, SetDelayed and replacement rules...*From*: Johannes <ml.johannes at gmail.com>*Date*: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 06:20:36 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: The Math Forum

Hi, I am working a lot with physics equations where I have on the one hand variables, and on the other hand paramters, which depend on other parameters which are only given by a polynome. In the following (very simplified example) f is a function which depends on variable x and parameters g and h which depend both on parameter p: f[x_]:= g/h*x; g[p_]= 1+p; h[p_]=1+p^2; params={g->g[p],h->h[p]}; For numerical application, I would like to define a second function f with p as second variable. This I have done with different methods, and there I noticed a difference that I can't explain f1[x_, p_] = f[x] /. params; f2[x_, p_] := f[x] /. {g->g[p],h->h[p]}; f3[x_, p_] := f[x] /. params; If I am now calculating f1[1,1], f2[1,1] and f3[1,1], f1 and f2 deliver as expected a numerical value, but for f3[1,1] p isn't replaced by its value 1. Can anybody explain me the differences, especially the differences between f2 and f3? I suspected it to be exactly identical. And does anybody know a better method to treat parameters? My problem is that when doing analytical transformations (Derivatives, Integrations...), an immediate replacement of the parameters g and h would make the result very hard to read, so I was searching for an easy method to replace them as late as possible. Thanks in advance for any help, Johannes

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