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Re: difference between two commands

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  • Subject: [mg121647] Re: difference between two commands
  • From: Heike Gramberg <heike.gramberg at>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:31:18 -0400 (EDT)
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By default, the variables appearing in a Manipulate are localized. This 
means that for each variable in Manipulate a unique symbol
is created to represent this symbol (similar to for example Module). In 
this case, the c in Manipulate will internally be represented
by something like FE`c$$512. Try for example

Manipulate[HoldForm[c], {c, 0, 1}]

to see what the internal name of the variable c is. The c appearing in 
the definition of p is a global variable and is different to the c
appearing in the Manipulate so it won't get replaced by the value of the 
local c when you're trying to plot p inside the Manipulate.

To get the right behaviour you could do something like

p[c_, x_] := Sin[c x]
Manipulate[Plot[p[c, x], {x, 0, 10}], {c, 1, 2}]

Alternatively you could set LocalizeVariables->False, but this might 
cause all sorts of undesired side effects so you should be careful
with that.


On 23 Sep 2011, at 09:42, Luiz M. Carvalho wrote:

> Hi,
> Let
> p := Sin[c x]
> Please, could someone explain to me the difference between those two
> commands
> Manipulate[Plot[p, {x, 0, 10}], {c, 1, 2}] and  Manipulate[ Plot[Sin[c
> x], {x, 0, 10}], {c, 1, 2}]
> Thanks
> Luiz

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