How can I replace two variables at once with Replace[] ? Can't find how to do this. I tried

Replace[x^2+y^2, {x -> a, y -> b}]

but does not work...


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    $\begingroup$ Replace[x^2 + y^2, {x -> a, y -> b}, 2]? $\endgroup$ – J. M. is away Mar 8 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ You could also use ReplaceAll: ReplaceAll[x^2 + y^2, {x -> a, y -> b}]. It is worth reading the documentation for these two functions to see how they differ. $\endgroup$ – Carl Lange Mar 8 at 12:44

You are on the right lines with Replace, but I would rather use a List of replacement rules to achieve this; as mentioned in comments, this is contained in a function called ReplaceAll. You can define your desired original polynomial, and then act on it using /. to replace things as desired. In your case, I would write something like:

x^2+y^2/.{x->a, y->b}
(* a^2+b^2 *)

Is this what you needed?

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, thank you :) $\endgroup$ – rodger_kicks Mar 8 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. The comments are more often than not a more useful place to start. Have a read of the Generalisations or Examples in documentation and tutorials as well. $\endgroup$ – Brad Mar 8 at 15:55

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