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Re: Differentiate of Abs[x] ???

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  • Subject: [mg53087] Re: Differentiate of Abs[x] ???
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 07:58:20 -0500 (EST)
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idyllic wrote:
> Dear all,
>   If I have a complex-valued funciton Z=Z(x1,x2,y) where x1,x2,y are
> all real varables. Now I demand that |Z|^2 are local minimums at y=y1
> and y=y2 with some choices of x1 and x2. (where |...| denotes absolute
> value.)
>   My idea is that, I differentiate |Z|^2 w.r.t y, then subtitute y1
> and y2 into this equation and demand each equation 0; finally solve
> the two simultaneous equations.
>   But I found a big problem that Mathematica can't approach the
> differentiation of absolute values? Another question, is my
> method right? and is the differentiation of absolute value very hard
> to approach mathematically?
> Thanks for every ideas.           Sincerely
Try TagSet :

Derivative /: Derivative[1][Abs] := Sign;

D[Abs[Z[x1, x2, y]]^2, y]
2*Abs[Z[x1, x2, y]]*Sign[Z[x1, x2, y]]*Derivative[0, 0, 1][Z][x1, x2, y]


Peter Pein

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