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Re: Variable names in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg92104] Re: Variable names in Mathematica
  • From: amannuc1 <Anthony.J.Mannucci at jpl.nasa.gov>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:58:26 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200809181013.GAA14828@smc.vnet.net> <gavqlv$eng$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Sep 19, 2:16 am, Murray Eisenberg <mur... at math.umass.edu> wrote:
> NO, they are NOT reserved.  Example (converted to InputForm, which I'd
> never use when actually entering Greek letters
>
>    \[Alpha]=2;
>    \[Alpha]+10
> 12
>
> 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 letter=
s
> > allowed as variable names in Mathematica? I have tried this with limite=
d
> > success (v 5.2). It seems that some greek letters are reserved, for exa=
mple
> > alpha. I am not sure about that. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
>
> > -Tony
>
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OK. Thanks. I can't seem to reproduce the problem. I will keep
learning.

-Tony


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