# assign variable value

Hi!

I'm just getting started with Sage and therefore my question may sound really stupid (and nevertheless I couldn't find an answer here). I have a matrix with both symbolic entries and numerical values, let's say:

a,b=var('a,b')
M=matrix([[1,a], [0,b]])

Now I want do assign a value to a:

a=0

However if I print M to the screen it still says a in the matrix and not 0.

You can clearly see that I'm really not used to Sage, so what's the problem here? What should I do if I want to assign a fixed value to a variable which is also used in the calculations where this variable appears?

Thank's for the answers, I know this will sound highly trivial for you!

Philipp

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You can just use substitution:

sage: M.substitute(a=0)
[1 0]
[0 b]
more

Thanks you!

( 2016-10-13 09:41:36 -0500 )edit

May be you can achieve what you want via an anonymous function.

a,b=var('a,b')
M = lambda a,b : matrix([[1,a], [0,b]])
A = M(a,b)
show(A)
B = M(a=0,b=b)
show(B)
more

Thank you! Not such a nice intuitive solution as I hoped to get, I admit. However, this just seems to be quite different in Sage compared to e.g. Mathematica.

( 2016-10-13 09:40:46 -0500 )edit

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