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Re: Variable names in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg92075] Re: [mg92041] Variable names in Mathematica
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 05:16:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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NO, they are NOT reserved.  Example (converted to InputForm, which I'd 
never use when actually entering Greek letters


Perhaps you're confusing some Greek letters with similarly-shaped 
symbols, such as the Element symbol or the Sum symbol.

amannuc1 wrote:
> Dear Community,
> I can't seem to get an answer to this simple question: are greek letters
> allowed as variable names in Mathematica? I have tried this with limited
> success (v 5.2). It seems that some greek letters are reserved, for example
> alpha. I am not sure about that. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
> -Tony

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