Re: Problem with parametric minimization

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• Subject: [mg90264] Re: Problem with parametric minimization
• From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 03:55:31 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
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```Stephan Heckmueller wrote:
> Hi,
> unfortunately I forgot to insert spaces between
> the constants and the variable in my previous posting.
> But as I said, it's the example from the mathematica
> documentation only copy-pasted.
> None of the alternatives work though. I'm using version
> 5.2. Might that be a problem?

Possible. It works fine on my system (64-bit Intel Mac OS X 1.5.4
Mathematica 6.0.2)

In[1]:= Minimize[a*x^2 + b*x + c, x]

Out[1]= {Piecewise[{{c, (b == 0 && a == 0) || (b == 0 && a > 0)},
{(-b^2 + 4*a*c)/(4*a), (b > 0 && a > 0) || (b < 0 &&
a > 0)}},
-Infinity],
{x -> Piecewise[{{0, (b == 0 && a == 0) || (b == 0 && a > 0)},
{-(b/(2*a)), (b > 0 && a > 0) || (b < 0 && a > 0)}},
Indeterminate]}}

In[2]:= \$Version

Out[2]= "6.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (February 7, 2008)"

Regards,
-- Jean-Marc

> Thanks,
> Stephan
>
> Jens-Peer Kuska wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> try:
>>
>> Minimize[a*x^2 + b*x + c, x]
>>
>> Regards
>>    Jens
>>
>> Stephan Heckmueller wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I have a problem with with the examples for using the
>>> Minimize function given in the documentation on wolfram.com:
>>>
>>> When trying:
>>>
>>> Minimize[ax^2+bx+c,x]
>>>
>>> I receive the following error:
>>>
>>> Minimize::objv:
>>> The objective function c+bx+ax^2 contains a nonconstant
>>> expression c independent of variables (x).
>>>
>>> Is there something wrong with the command or the
>>> documentation?
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>>
>>>
>
>

```

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