_{} _{}_{ }_{}

The operator “:=” is used for setting numerical value of a variable in Mathcad
(see tip 1). But sometimes it is necessary to make
inverse operation – *to deprive *the variable of its numerical value as
since it may prevent analytical transformations with help of the operator
“→” – the reply will have number instead of symbol (see fig. 71):

There are three ways for solving this problem:

1. Analytical
transformations can be done in separate (subsidiary) Mathcad-document where all
user’s variables do not have numerical values. Then you can transfer the
results of the analytical transformations as separate mathematical insets,
commentaries or pictures from the subsidiary Mathcad-document to the main one (see
tip 63).

2. In Mathcad there are tooling for deprivation
a variable its numerical value. In Mathcad 6.0 PLUS the key word assume was loaded with this function. In Mathcad
7/8/2000 Pro the “damping” of numerical value of a variable is done via the
operator Vàã := Vàã that has no sense
in the view of tradition programming languages (see fig. 71).
The defect of this method is that the Mathcad-document is “soiled” by the
operators that are not understandable for people who do not know all fine
points of Mathcad. These operators can be concluded in an *area* (see tip 50) and then to close this area. But it can
confuse even greater if somebody will try to display the document from a sheet.

3.
The
variables that are used in numerical calculations and symbolic transformations
may have the same names and can be written the same print (print, size and
type), but at that they may relate to different groups of users (to different
styles – see tip 52). This technology of parallel
running numerical and analytical calculations is illustrated at the end of fig. 71: the variables of numerical calculations
relate to a group (to style) Variables, but analytical ones – to a group User
7. At that for more clarity the name of the style User 7 can be changed to
Symbolic, for example.