# 9.19 EquationΒΆ

The Equation domain provides equations as mathematical objects. These are used, for example, as the input to various solvesolveTransSolvePackage operations.

Equations are created using the equals symbol, =.

eq1 := 3*x + 4*y = 5


 4y+3x=5

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

eq2 := 2*x + 2*y = 3


 2y+2x=3

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

The left- and right-hand sides of an equation are accessible using the operations lhslhsEquation and rhsrhsEquation.

lhs eq1


 4y+3x

Type: Polynomial Integer

rhs eq1


 5

Type: Polynomial Integer

Arithmetic operations are supported and operate on both sides of the equation.

eq1 + eq2


 6y+5x=8

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

eq1 * eq2


 8y2+14xy+6x2=15

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

2*eq2 - eq1


 x=1

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

Equations may be created for any type so the arithmetic operations will be defined only when they make sense. For example, exponentiation is not defined for equations involving non-square matrices.

eq1^2


 16y2+24xy+9x2=25

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

Note that an equals symbol is also used to test for equality of values in certain contexts. For example, x+1 and y are unequal as polynomials.

if x+1 = y then "equal" else "unequal"


 “unequal”

Type: String

eqpol := x+1 = y


 x+1=y

Type: Equation Polynomial Integer

If an equation is used where a Boolean value is required, then it is evaluated using the equality test from the operand type.

if eqpol then "equal" else "unequal"


 “unequal”

Type: String

If one wants a Boolean value rather than an equation, all one has to do is ask!

eqpol::Boolean


 false

Type: Boolean