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Re: Function argument
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg66992] Re: Function argument
*From*: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at earthlink.net>
*Date*: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 06:28:07 -0400 (EDT)
*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
On 6/5/06 at 3:47 AM, Banerjee at cse.ohio-state.edu (Bonny) wrote:
>I would like to define a function g that evaluates another function
>f at a given value. That is,
>g[a, f[x]] := f[a]
>For example, I might want the function f[x]=ax^2+bx+c to be
>evaluated at x=1 and get the result a+b+c. That is,
>g[1, ax^2+bx+c] should evaluate to a+b+c.
Note in Mathematica ax is distinctly different from a x or a*x. So, unless g is written in an unusual way, g[1,ax^2+bx+c] will not evaluate to a+b+c
But it is quite easy to create a function that will return what you want given the arguments 1 and a*x^2+b*x+c. For example,
In[1]:=
g[a_, f_] := f /. x -> a
In[2]:=
g[1,a x^2+b x+c]
Out[2]=
a+b+c
>Again, I might want the function f[x]=Sin[x] to be evaluated at x=pi
>and get the result 0. That is,
>g[pi, Sin[x]] should evaluate to 0.
In[3]:=
g[Pi,Sin[x]]
Out[3]=
0
Note, the definition I've used for g assumes x as the independent variable. Also, I wonder why you want such a function since it as easy (if not easier) to write
In[4]:=
a x^2 + b x + c /. x -> 1
Out[4]=
a+b+c
instead of g[1,a x^2+b x+c]
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