       Re: Approximate Zero Times A Symbol

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• Subject: [mg127075] Re: Approximate Zero Times A Symbol
• From: "djmpark" <djmpark at comcast.net>
• Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:03:45 -0400 (EDT)
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```Thanks Bob, but I think I didn't express myself clearly enough. What I have
is a dynamic display where the coefficients are varied and I want to retain
x and y in the display even when their coefficients are zero.

The following is what I ended up doing, but it does seem like a roundabout
method to obtain the result.

angle = 0.;
Slider[Dynamic[angle], {0., 90.}, Appearance -> "Labeled"]
Dynamic@NumberForm[
HoldForm[aa x + bb y] /.
Thread[{aa, bb} -> {Sin[angle Degree], Cos[angle Degree]}] //
Chop, {7, 6}]

And I still don't understand why Mathematica should drop the x if x is not a
numeric quantity.

David Park
djmpark at comcast.net
http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/index.html

From: Bob Hanlon [mailto:hanlonr357 at gmail.com]

Use Rationalize

expr = 0. x + 1. y;

expr // Rationalize

y

expr // Rationalize[#, 0] &

y

If there are any rational factors remaining you can use N with any desired

Bob Hanlon

On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:11 AM, djmpark <djmpark at comcast.net> wrote:
>
> What is the justification for the following?
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> 0. x + 1. y
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> 0. + 1. y
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> I want to display a dynamic weighted sum of x and y and sometimes one
> of the coefficients becomes zero. I would like to keep both terms (for
> display) and format with NumberForm.  If Mathematica is going to drop
> the x, why doesn't it at least also drop the approximate zero?
>
>
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> If I use SetPrecision we obtain:
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> SetPrecision[0. x + 1. y, 10]
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> 1.000000000 y
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> which is at least more consistent, but not what I want either.
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> David Park
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> djmpark at comcast.net
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> http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/index.html

```

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