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simple pattern match question

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  • Subject: [mg91151] simple pattern match question
  • From: congruentialuminaire at yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 04:42:19 -0400 (EDT)

Hello UG:

I am trying to understand simple pattern rule evaulation. The
following trivial examples baffles me:

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In[1]:= f[x_Number] := x ^ 2
In[2]:= f[3]
Out[2]= f[3]

In[3]:= f[3.3]
Out[3]= f[3.3]

In[4]:= NumberQ[3.3]
Out[4]= True
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Why is it that f[3.3] does not evaluate??

TIA.

Regards..RogerW


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