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Re: Controlling the order of evaluations

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  • Subject: [mg93051] Re: [mg92985] Controlling the order of evaluations
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 02:34:15 -0400 (EDT)
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f[x_?NumericQ, y_?NumericQ] :=
 NIntegrate[2^(s*x), {s, 0, y}]

Plot[f[x, #] & /@ {2, 3, 4, 5}, {x, 0.5, 1.5}]

Bob Hanlon

---- anguzman at wrote: 

Several times I have faced similar problems to this one:

Suppose I have a function f[x,y] well defined only in numbers, I mean, 
it drops errors if I try to evaluate symbols. You could suppose that 
is a function that include numerical integration in its definition...

What I want to do is plotting several curves f[x,y1], f[x,y2],...f[x,yn]
with x as abscissa for specific (and fixed) values of y in the same plot.

So, what I always end up trying is something like:


Mathematica (5.2 Version for Windows) complains but finally interprets 
correctly what I meant and does the plot correctly (sometimes)with all 
the curves , but this errors are annoying. They are always of the form:

\" bla bla.. f[x,y1] is not numerical at ....\"

I would be very gratefull if somebody could explain me (or just give 
the solution to this thing) the correct order of Holds, HoldFirsts, 
HoldPatterns , Evaluate , Unevaluated etc... that make Mathematica 
By the way, I already tried:
but didn=B4t work.

I=B4ll give an specific example:

f[x_, y_] := NIntegrate[2^(s*x), {s, 0, y}]

Plot[Evaluate[f[x, #] & /@ {2, 3, 4, 5}], {x, 0.5, 1.5}]

Generates the 4 curves after giving errors like:

\"NIntegrate::\"inum\" \"Integrand 2^(s*x) is not numerical at s = 1. \"

So what I want to do is that the x of the Plotting evaluation enters 
f[x,y] before f even sees the x and start freaking out.

Thanks in advance

Atte. Andres Guzman

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Bob Hanlon

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