Re: assumption, supposition?
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- Subject: [mg15351] Re: assumption, supposition?
- From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at haystack.demon.co.uk>
- Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 23:58:15 -0500
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Erk Jensen wrote in message <774kr1$46h at smc.vnet.net>... >Probably I'm looking up the wrong keyword in Mathematica help, but I >can't find what I'm looking for. Maybe that's because I've learned >those expressions in german... > >My problem: > >I want Mathematica to assume that a certain condition is satisfied for >the following algebraic transformations. More specifically: Let rho >describe a radius coordinate. I know it is not negative real. So, for >transformations of expressions containing rho, e.g. Sqrt[rho^2], I >want assure Mathematica that 0 <= rho is in fact satisfied, and that it >is consequently allowed to replace Sqrt[rho^2] by rho. How do I do >that? > >My solution was > >Unprotect[Sqrt]; Sqrt[rho_^2] := rho/; 0 <= rho; Protect[Sqrt]; > >rho /: 0 <= rho = True; > >and this seems to work, but I wonder whether this is really the proper >way. Since the TagSet I'm using here assigns the whole statement to >rho, and ?rho results in > >Global`rho >rho /: 0 <= rho = True > >so I still have my doubts ... > >Can some of you experts enlighten me? > >Thanks in advance > -erk- > Erik: This looks OK: The definition Unprotect[Sqrt]; Sqrt[(rho_)^2] := rho /; 0 <= rho; Protect[Sqrt]; is not restricted to rho (which here is a dummy variable). We can use c/: c<=0 = True; and get Sqrt[c^2] c Unfortunately Mathematica does not do any deduction: d/: (d>=0)=True; Sqrt[d^2] Sqrt[d^2] But we can allow for this by Unprotect[Sqrt]; Sqrt[(rho_)^2] := rho /; 0 <= rho Protect[Sqrt]; Allan --------------------- Allan Hayes Mathematica Training and Consulting www.haystack.demon.co.uk hay at haystack.demon.co.uk Voice: +44 (0)116 271 4198 Fax: +44 (0)870 164 0565