[Maxima] tellsimp problem
rvh2007 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 26 10:37:34 CDT 2008
Wait a minute. The result of an integration of a function f on an interval [a,b] such that f is finite everywhere in
the interval and is defined everywhere is always continuos. If f goes to inf or minf then you may have a problem like
that. In this case f is discontinuos but integrate(f(x), x) is not because f never goes to inf or minf anywhere in the
range [a,b] which in this case is true. There is no other choice that makes f infinite. I think the answer %o45 is
wrong and that explains it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Barton Willis" <willisb at unk.edu>
To: "Richard Hennessy" <rvh2007 at comcast.net>
Cc: "Maxima List" <maxima at math.utexas.edu>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2008 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Maxima] tellsimp problem
If your goal is to compute definite integrals, be careful:
(%i40) subst('unit_step = lambda([s], (s + abs(s))/(2*s)), unit_step(x));
The expression (%o41) has a removable discontinuity at 0; otherwise it is
continuous on the reals.
Except for the troublemaker at zero, (%o41) valid on the reals.
(%i44) subst('unit_step = lambda([s], (s + abs(s))/(2*s)), unit_step
The expression (%o45) has nonremovable discontinuities, so (%o45) isn't
valid on the reals (but
it is valid piecewise, I think).
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