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how uncouple dynamic objects?

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  • Subject: [mg109430] how uncouple dynamic objects?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 04:04:54 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Here's a simple example of a more complicated situation where I define a
function that takes a function as argument and uses Manipulate to
produce its output:

   fplot[f_]:= Manipulate[
   f[x_]:= x^2


When I execute the second definition (with x^3) of f, it automatically
changes the f used in the still-displayed output from the first call to 

How can I isolate the two instances -- and yet still use the same name
for the two different functions?  (Or is this not possible?)

Clearly this is an issue of the dynamic structure underlying
Manipulate, and I'm willing to use a "direct" definition using a
Dynmaic variable a with a control instead of the simpler
Manipulate. But of course I'd prefer to be able to do it with

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