I am trying to find the maximum element of the list for a given value of variable $c$. The example of the list is as follows:

List = {-1 + 6 (1 - c/2), -(9/10) + 6 (1 - c/2)}

I am trying to implement the following command:

Manipulate[Max[List], {c, 0, 2}]

Of course, it does not work. I guess Mathematica has some straightforward way of implementing this unknown to me. Any hint would be appreciated

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    $\begingroup$ (1) List is a built-in symbol. You can't set it's value. It is recommended that you use variable names that begin with lowercase (no built-in symbols are lowercase, so you know there won't be a name collision), or else use a naming pattern that you know won't result in name collisions. $\endgroup$
    – lericr
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ @lericr noted, thank you. Luckily, I am using a different name in the actual file. $\endgroup$
    – Oleh
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ (2) Manipulate will set up a sort of local scope for variable names. You used c as the dynamic variable in the Manipulate, but the "real" name of that variable will be different. So, the c in your list (defined outside of the Manipulate) is not the same c in the list expression. $\endgroup$
    – lericr
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ You can either pull the expression explicitly into the Manipulate (rather than indirectly via a variable like list, or you can turn the static list variable into a function. Then pass your Manipulate c to the function inside the Manipulate. $\endgroup$
    – lericr
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ My "or" wasn't intended to imply that these were the only two options. :) $\endgroup$
    – lericr
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:06

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Just to be explicit, here is a fairly clean way:

myExpression[arg_] := {-1 + 6 (1 - arg/2), -(9/10) + 6 (1 - arg/2)}

Manipulate[Max[myExpression[c]], {c, 0, 2}]

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