ΔF = 0.0025;
Subscript[R, s] = Quantity[0.8, "SolarRadius"];
P = Quantity[8, "Days"];

When I solve for Rp all works great:

Subscript[R, s] = Quantity[0.8, "SolarRadius"];
ΔF = 0.0025; (*Transit depth*)
Solve[{Rp^2/Subscript[R, s]^2 == ΔF, Rp > 0}, Rp, Reals ]

but when I solve for a variable with a subscript (Subscript[R, p] instead of Rp), Mathematica finds no solution:

Subscript[R, s] = Quantity[0.8, "SolarRadius"];
ΔF = 0.0025; (*Transit depth*)
  {Subscript[R, p]^2/Subscript[R, s]^2 == ΔF, Subscript[R, p] > 0}, 
  Subscript[R, p], Reals ]

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Is there any way to avoid this and treat variables with subscript as normal (separate) variable names?

Interestingly, Mathematica seems to have no problem when, for example, a is given a subscript. It's only an issue when the variable that I solve for has a subscript.

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    $\begingroup$ With 11.1.1 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (April 27, 2017) everything works as expected $\endgroup$
    – yarchik
    Jan 1, 2021 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ Don't use subscripts, you will be better of with regular variables. $\endgroup$
    – yarchik
    Jan 1, 2021 at 12:32
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    $\begingroup$ I have to agree with yarchik though. Don't use subscripts, or at least only use them for display purposes. You'll find the same advice in many questions on this site. A Subscript expression is not a Symbol and there are lots of parts of the language which don't work properly when you use subscripts instead of symbols for your variables. $\endgroup$ Jan 1, 2021 at 13:18
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    $\begingroup$ Good practice is to avoid variable that start with capital letter. $\endgroup$
    – vi pa
    Jan 1, 2021 at 22:27
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because the problem the OP is experiencing cannot be reproduced; I suspect it is being caused by corrupted lexical elements in the OP's Mathematica notebook. $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Jan 2, 2021 at 4:42


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