# Does 'True' stand for 'Else' in Maximize function output? [closed]

Maximize[a x^2 + b x + c, x]


gives this solution: Does the word True stand for "else" here? What exactly did Maximize return?

• Yes it does.... Mar 4, 2016 at 13:26
• Closely related piecewise-function-explanation-of-extra-case It was a duplicate but many questions fit here rather than there. See also 155021
– Kuba
Oct 25, 2017 at 7:01

Yes. The right column is simply a list of conditions that define separate regimes of a Piecewise function. Since in principle these conditions could overlap, Mathematica determines the result of a Piecewise by checking the conditions from top to bottom, much as it does in Which. So if the condition is True it acts as a "catch-all" such that the corresponding value is chosen whenever none of the conditions above are true. This ensures that the Piecewise function always has a value. Therefore it has the same meaning as an "else" or "otherwise" you might read in "normal" mathematical notation of a piecewise function.