# Confusing alternative definition of a function [duplicate]

I saw a function defined something like the following:

f[n_Integer][r, θ] = Sin[n r π/L] Cos[n r L π θ/4]


My question is, why did my professor define the function like above, instead of using f[n_Integer, r_, θ_]? What is the difference? I could not find any answers on Mathematica, or google, or here.

If this has been asked before,and I did not find it, I apologize.

• Related concepts: Currying, Subvalues. But just for calculation purposes, no big difference. – vapor Jun 20 '16 at 3:00
• So now you can use f@@@something, while if you use the latter definition, you can only use f[1,#1,#2]&@@@something – Wjx Jun 20 '16 at 3:12
• @Wjx, or f[1, ##] & @@@ something, if wanted. But, f @@ something can be cleaner in some cases. – J. M.'s ennui Jun 20 '16 at 3:17
• It's like $f_n(r,\theta)$ instead of $f(n,r,\theta)$ in mathematics. She or he is thinking of $n$ in a qualitatively different way (as parametrizing a sequence of functions, most likely). – Michael E2 Jun 20 '16 at 3:49
• Proposed duplicate: (7999). Recommended reading: (544), (5686494), (56504) – Mr.Wizard Jun 20 '16 at 12:29