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remove values from variables but keep variables

asked 2017-05-07 09:27:33 -0600

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updated 2017-05-07 11:12:00 -0600

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How do I remove the values from variables but keep the variables. i.e. if x is defined and equal to 5, and I reset() I just get x as undefined if I try to use it in a symbolic equation. I just want to remove the 5 but keep the x.

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answered 2017-05-07 11:02:10 -0600

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updated 2017-05-07 11:13:29 -0600

You are confusing two very different notions of "variable".

When you write:

sage: x = 5

The Python name points to the integer 5.

When you write:

 sage:  reset()

or just

 sage: del(x)

you remove the name x from the global namespace.

In the symbolic expression cos(x), the x is not a Python name but a mathematical symbol, it is an object, like the integer 5 above.

The confusion might come from the fact that, at Sage startup, the Python name x points to the symbol x:

sage: x
x
sage: x.parent()
Symbolic Ring
sage: x.is_symbol()
True

But once you write x=5, the Python name x now points to the integer 5, and there is no way to let it remember that it used to point to the symbol x. If you want the Python x to point to the symbol x again, you can do:

sage: x = SR.var("x")

This is a very common confusion, see the tag variable_issue, this question or that question.

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