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  • From: "Florian Jaccard" <jaccardf at>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 03:30:09 -0500 (EST)
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You dont have to tell that a, b and c are constants. It is the case !


gives the correct answer.

If you want that a,b,c and d are functions of x, you have to write :

D[a[x]*x^3 + b[x]*x^2 + c[x]*x + d[x], x]

It may be that you have forgotten to put a space between a and x !
If you write "ax" , Mathematica doesn't know that you meen "a*x" !

Meilleures salutations

Florian Jaccard
e-mail : jaccardf at

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Objet : [mg32328] Entering constant placeholders

I can't seem to make this work.  When I enter the following, I get these

SetAttributes[a,b,c, Constant]

Syntax::tsntxi: "SetAttributes a,constant" is incomplete; more input is

d(ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d)/dx

The answer should be 3ax^2+2bx+c .  I can't figure out how to tell
mathematica that a,b, & c are constants.


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