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Solve app needs to be improved...

Define these variables on Home, for instance:

Go to Solve App and type in the following equations:


The editor only adds the product symbol (*) in the last equation.
If you numeric evaluate the first equation, you can't change the value of m, it just doesn't show up.[Image: 5uome8.png]

If instead of m(k+2) you type in M(k+2), the editor shows up the sintaxys error message that should've come up too when typing in the first equation.
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This was an obvious example, but when dealing with longer equations you are likely to forget about adding the product symbol in the equation and get wrong answers.
I don't know if this would be a bug or not. The m(k+2) is being parsed as the function m of k+2 which works just fine if m(x) is defined.

The Prime behaves the same at the TI 89/Nspire in this regard. If you want m*(k+2), you have to explicitly indicate the multiplication. Otherwise it's treated as a function.

Since big M can't be a function, the error message makes sense.


Wes Loewer hit it on the head... m(??) is a valid syntax since m could be anything, including a list, vector or function... so the system will not add an implicit *...

however, (???)m is non ambiguous...

implicit * is a bad thing, but for some reason, math teachers did insist on it... but it causes more troubles than it solves...

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