# 2.3 DeclarationsΒΆ

A declaration is an expression used to restrict the type of values that can be assigned to variables. A colon : is always used after a variable or list of variables to be declared.

For a single variable, the syntax for declaration is

variableName : typeOrMode


For multiple variables, the syntax is

(, , ... ): typeOrMode


You can always combine a declaration with an assignment. When you do, it is equivalent to first giving a declaration statement, then giving an assignment. For more information on assignment, see Section ugIntroAssign and Section ugLangAssign . To see how to declare your own functions, see ugUserDeclare .

This declares one variable to have a type.

a : Integer


Type: Void

This declares several variables to have a type.

(b,c) : Integer


Type: Void

a , b and c can only hold integer values.

a := 45

$45$

Type: Integer

If a value cannot be converted to a declared type, an error message is displayed.

b := 4/5


This declares a variable with a mode.

n : Complex ?


Type: Void

This declares several variables with a mode.

(p,q,r) : Matrix Polynomial ?


Type: Void

This complex object has integer real and imaginary parts.

n := -36 + 9 * %i

$-{36}+{9 \ i}$

Type: Complex Integer

This complex object has fractional symbolic real and imaginary parts.

n := complex(4/(x + y),y/x)

${4 \over {y+x}}+{{y \over x} \ i}$

Type: Complex Fraction Polynomial Integer

This matrix has entries that are polynomials with integer coefficients.

p := [ [1,2],[3,4],[5,6] ]

$\left[{\left[ 1, \: 2 \right]}, \: {\left[ 3, \: 4 \right]},\: {\left[ 5, \: 6 \right]} \right]$

Type: Matrix Polynomial Integer

This matrix has a single entry that is a polynomial with rational number coefficients.

q := [ [x - 2/3] ]

$\left[ {\left[ {x -{2 \over 3}} \right]} \right]$

Type: Matrix Polynomial Fraction Integer

This matrix has entries that are polynomials with complex integer coefficients.

r := [ [1-%i*x,7*y+4*%i] ]

$\left[ {\left[ {-{i \ x}+1}, \: {{7 \ y}+{4 \ i}} \right]} \right]$

Type: Matrix Polynomial Complex Integer

Note the difference between this and the next example. This is a complex object with polynomial real and imaginary parts.

f : COMPLEX POLY ? := (x + y*%i)^2

$-{{y} ^ {2}}+{{x} ^ {2}}+{2 \ x \ y \ i}$

Type: Complex Polynomial Integer

This is a polynomial with complex integer coefficients. The objects are convertible from one to the other. See ugTypesConvert for more information.

g : POLY COMPLEX ? := (x + y*%i)^2

$-{{y} ^ {2}}+{2 \ i \ x \ y}+{{x} ^ {2}}$

Type: Polynomial Complex Integer