Re: Utilizing the Result From Solve[]

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg64143] Re: [mg64099] Utilizing the Result From Solve[]*From*: "Erickson Paul-CPTP18" <Paul.Erickson at Motorola.com>*Date*: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 00:07:03 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hopefully there is a more general solution for this, but I've used in that past z = Solve[z + 2 == 3, z][[1, 1, 2]] (* which is a little hard to understand ... *) Or z = z /. Solve[z + 2 == 3, z][[1]] (* which is a little better, but ... *) The z /. ... Converts the rule into a list and therefore that form can be used for converting any rule to a list of one element. The [[1]] (Part) pulls out the number. I've always been interested in getting to the number embedded in a larger equation, so assigning it as the value to the same variable as above will be a little confusing especially on subsequent evaluation within the same kernel unless you do an explicit clear. I'd suggest a separate variable name, if so needed like: a = z /. Solve[z + 2 == 3, z][[1]] Paul -----Original Message----- From: Shyam Guthikonda [mailto:shyamguth at gmail.com] To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Subject: [mg64143] [mg64099] Utilizing the Result From Solve[] If I am solving a simple equation, such as: Solve[z+2 = = 3,z], this returns {{z->1}}. How can I easily get the result, 1? Solve[] returns the solution in rule form. The current method I use to just get the result looks very ugly. Is there an easier way to do this? Here is my current method: ReplaceAll[z, First[ First[ Solve[ z + 2 = = 3, z ]]]]; z = %; Now I can use z as a normal variable. Thanks! _Shyam