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Re: Defining a function using common notation for absolute value (not Abs[x])
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*Subject*: [mg112738] Re: Defining a function using common notation for absolute value (not Abs[x])
*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
*Date*: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 04:11:51 -0400 (EDT)
The form |x| is simply not built-in, special input form that stands for
Abs[x]. Probably it should be, along with the existing special input
forms for square-root, etc.
You could use the Notation package to make it work, but that's getting
into advanced and somewhat dangerous territory.
On 9/28/2010 6:06 AM, Gianni wrote:
> Please refer to:
>
> http://www.accardi.com/tutor/AbsoluteValueNotationSnapShot.bmp
>
> Thanks in advance for any help here.
>
>
> In ASCII:
>
> The given function to work with: f(x) = (3^-|x|)
>
> Define it in Mathematica:
>
> f[x_]:=3^-Abs[x]
>
> f[x_]:=3^-|x|
>
> Syntax::tsntxi: "|x|" is incomplete; more input is needed.
>
> Syntax::sntxi: Incomplete expression; more input is needed.
>
> I am trying to display the absolute value exponent in the second
> function definition above in the way students will see it in a
> standard math text (with the vertical bars, not Abs, like in the first
> text line). The first definition above is without error (exponent
> shown as -Abs[x]). The second is what I am trying to define without
> error. I am trying to find the button (hopefully on the classroom
> assistant palette) that will produce the desired results. The button
> in the Typesetting section of the Classroom Assistant won't be
> implemented as an error free function definition as you see in the
> error messages.
>
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