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Re: Very very basic question about Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg111147] Re: Very very basic question about Mathematica
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 05:40:51 -0400 (EDT)

You are not dealing with strings. You are using symbols and expressions and none of the expressions happen to involve strings.

Manipulate is a scoping construct. Since you want s to depend on the control, bring the definition of s within the Manipulate's scope.

 s = x + h;
 Plot[s, {x, 0, h},
  PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 2}}],
 {h, 0.1, 1}]

Bob Hanlon

---- Sam Takoy <sam.takoy at> wrote: 


I find that I don't understand a very basic thing about the building 
blocks of Mathematica.

When the first command is

s = x + h

I figured that (string?) "s" represents (string?) "x+h".

This theory pans out when one tries



D[s, x]


Integrate[s, {x, 0, h}]


s /. h -> 1

But then by doesn't this work:

Manipulate[ Plot[s, {x, 0, h}], {h, 0.1, 1}]

Many thanks in advance!

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