I have a list of solutions Subscript[x, 1][t], i = 1,...,n (n given).

I would like to use these variables to define new variables such as:

i = 1;
For[i = 1, i <= n, i++, 
 Subscript[X, i][t_] := Subscript[x, i][t] /. sol]

I know that this code is not working and I know why. However, I would like to ask you if there is a way how to define these variables at once (without having to define them one by one)?

Thank you very much in advance for your help.


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    $\begingroup$ TIP: never use Subscript nor For. They are one of the main sources of confusion. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2019 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ Here you could try Table[X[i][t_] := x[i][t] /. sol, {i, 1, n}]. Does this work as expected? $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2019 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much, I replaced Substrict and with some more changes itw working properly now. Many thanks! $\endgroup$
    – derdin1
    Nov 30, 2019 at 19:08

1 Answer 1


You can use Inactive to postpone the SetDelayed operation until after the RHS has been defined. Here is an example:

sol = Subscript[x, i_][t] -> t^i;
n = 10;

Activate @ Table[
    {i, n}


Subscript[X, 4][2]


  • $\begingroup$ Many thanks, that helped me a lot! $\endgroup$
    – derdin1
    Nov 30, 2019 at 19:07

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