Re: Very simple question

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• From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at iee.lu>
• Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:11:09 -0400 (EDT)
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```I've been away from Mathematica for about 7 years.
Can anyone tell me why function fx gives an error message but fy does
not? They look functionally the same to me.

fx[ptl_] := Module[{x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3},
Print[pt1];
x1 = pt1[[1, 1]]; y1 = pt1[[1, 2]];
x2 = pt2[[2, 1]]; y2 = pt2[[2, 2]];
x3 = pt3[[3, 1]]; y3 = pt3[[3, 2]];
Print[x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3];
]
fx[{{1, 2}, {3, 5}, {4, 7}}]

fy[pt1_] := Module[{zz, x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3},
zz = pt1;
Print[zz];
x1 = zz[[1, 1]]; y1 = zz[[1, 2]];
x2 = zz[[2, 1]]; y2 = zz[[2, 2]];
x3 = zz[[3, 1]]; y3 = zz[[3, 2]];
Print[x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3]
]
fy[{{1, 2}, {3, 5}, {4, 7}}]

Thank you.
Steve Gray

Hi, Stephen,

The answer is also simple: the body of the function fx calls pt2 and pt3 that are not defined anywhere. It confuses Mathematica. If you replace fx as follows:

fx[pt1_] := Module[{x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3},

x1 = pt1[[1, 1]];
y1 = pt1[[1, 2]];
x2 = pt1[[2, 1]];
y2 = pt1[[2, 2]];
x3 = pt1[[3, 1]];
y3 = pt1[[3, 2]];
Print[x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3]]

Which is probably what you intended, it will return the result. In messages though. To see the result on the screen it is better to do something like the following:

fz[pt1_] := Module[{x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3},

x1 = pt1[[1, 1]];
y1 = pt1[[1, 2]];
x2 = pt1[[2, 1]];
y2 = pt1[[2, 2]];
x3 = pt1[[3, 1]];
y3 = pt1[[3, 2]];
{x1, y1, x2, y2, x3, y3}]

fz[{{1, 2}, {3, 5}, {4, 7}}]

{1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 7}

Have fun, Alexei

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