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Assign the results from a Solve to variable(s)

I understand Mathematica can't assign the results of a Solve to the unknowns because there may be more than 1 solution. How can I assign the 4 values of following result to variables?
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What is the distinction between DownValues, UpValues, SubValues, and OwnValues?

When reading through the documentation, you often encounter the phrases DownValues, UpValues, ...
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Assigning values to a list of variable names

As part of a calculation I need to do something like this Evaluate[{aaa, bbb, ccc}[[ index]]] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} so if index is ...
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How to pass a symbol name to a function with any of the Hold attributes?

Given a function with the attribute HoldFirst, HoldAll or similar, and a variable, list, how ...
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How do you set attributes on SubValues?

SubValues, as discussed in a previous question, are declared as follows ...
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How to write a function-defining function which stores the function arguments in a stack?

I have a function-defining function SetAttributes[DefFn, HoldAll]; DefFn[f_[args___], body_] := f[args] := body; I am trying to modify this function to record ...
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Scoping in assigning a derivative

While answering another question, I stumbled upon a problem I cannot easily resolve. To assign the derivative of a function to another function, typically one can do this with a ...
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Nested definition: How can I define a function with a passed-in expression?

Here's a simplified version of what I'm trying to do: ...
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Why does list assignment with a packed array result in unpacked values?

This is another question on the design choices in Mathematica. I understand that without direct reply from the developers it may not be possible to give a definitive and exhaustive answer to "why" ...
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Reassign values to symbols

I've got a situation where I have, say 4 symbols, a, b, c and ...
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Does Set vs. SetDelayed have any effect after the definition was done?

I was always assuming that the only difference between Set (=) and SetDelayed (...
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How to make a function like Set, but with a Block construct for the pattern names

How can we define a function that works like f[x_]=ComputeSomething[x] and treats x as a variable that does not have a value? ...
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How to replace a variable that was assigned a value before

Question How to make the replacement $f[x] \to f[y]$ for an abitrary function $f$ if $x$ was assigned a value before? Example 1 How can I make the replacement $x +1 \to y + 1$ if I have assigned ...
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MapThread gives different results from ToExpression when trying to assign variables from a list

I have the following data set: data = {{"Jakarta","Surabaya","Bandung"},{1,2,3}} and I'd actually like to assign the numerical values to the categorical data so ...
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why set values in this way doesn't work?

question is as follows define a list ttt={1,2}; and if I set values in this way {ttt[[1]],ttt[[2]]}={3,4} then the value ...
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How to implement the Observer design pattern?

As a programmer with a history with procedural languages, the Observer design pattern inmediately springs to my mind when attacking certain class of problems, mostly UI/notifications related. A ...
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Triggering actions when a variable is set

Some built-in variables trigger actions when their values are changed: ...
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Different behaviours of Default Argument

I don't really understand the behaviour of Default Argument. If I execute this command in Mathematica: In: {f[a], f[a + b]} /. f[x_ + y_.] -> p[x, y] ...
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Few quick Mathematica questions about Dictionary

a. Get the list whose elements are of the form {language,number of words in dictionary) I tried this, and it gave me the number if words in dictionary, but I don't know how to get the language part: ...
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How to augment the realm of functions Mathematica thinks it knows how to integrate symbolically

My question involves extending the functionality of Integrate over specific integrals in the most generic manner. Specifically, is it possible to "hack into" ...
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Setting parts of a list

Suppose I have list a = Range[10] {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10} in which I want to set some elements to be a list ...
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Clearing a specific definition

Consider the case where a symbol has multiple definitions attached to it, a /: Subscript[a,2] := 1 a[b_] := 2 a[b_, c_] := 3 How does one clear (/unset/remove) ...
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Assign variables automatically to a function

Lets consider that I've this function: fn = a*x^2 + b*x + c; The idea here is to assign automatically the variables a, ...
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How can I randomly generate a unique, unused symbol?

In a previous question on collecting terms for a multivariable polynomial, I answered with a solution that required a unused symbol to be used for a temporary substitution and back substitution. It ...
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Is this a good way to assign a Solve result to a function?

My code: ...
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direct assignment to the element in a Table

I have already asked a related question here why set values in this way doesn't work? But I think I have to write the question which I encountered explicitly? ...
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How to ignore list elements when extracting with pattern matching

If I have a simple list, say {1, 2, 3}, and I want to extract a subset of the elements, what is the correct syntax? e.g. { i, _, j } = {1, 2, 3} I want i = 1 ...