Casyopee - Manipulating expressions
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Creating an expression

In the expressions list menu, click on Create Expression. A box opens, write the expression: . Click on Create and Exit.

Figure 3 - Expression creation box

In Casyopée, all objects have a name which is a single alphabetic character.

Evaluating a formula

It is often useful to evaluate a formula, either by way of symbolic calculation or by numerical approximation, without storing the result. The menu bar of the expressions list has an entry for that. Various transformations are offered. The result is displayed in the NotePad and can be copied in various formats.

Experts can enter any Maxima command (radio button in Syntax for Entry, see also  Erreur ! Source du renvoi introuvable.).

Transforming an expression

One can do different manipulations an expression. We will expand the expression A.

By clicking on the expression, it is highlighted, the Calculate menu appearing. Click on and choose expand.

Figure 6 - Menu Calculate / expand

A confirmation box opens; click on Yes.

Figure 7 - Confirmation box for new expression

The new expression appears in the expression list.

Figure 8 - Expanded expression in the expressions list

Modifying an expression

The expressions are defined dynamically, i. e. one can modify them with a double click.

Double-click on the expression A. A dialogue box asks confirmation, click on Yes.

Figure 9 - Confirmation box for modification

Modify the expression to obtain: .

Figure 10 - Expression modification box

A box asks confirmation to create a new parameter; click on Yes.

Figure 11 - Parameter creation asking box

The Parameters box opens. Choose New Positive and click on Exit.

Figure 12 - Parameters box

The parameter a is created (as a button in the toolbar), the expression A is modified and the transformed (expanded) form modified in consequences.

Figure 13 - Modified expressions

Creating an expression from a geometric situation

Switch to the geometric tab using the  button.

We will create an equilateral triangle which side length is a and calculate its altitude.

In the geometric tab menu, choose Create Object then Point and Coordinated Point (Create Object / Point / Coordinated Point).

Figure 17 - Menu Create Object / Point / Coordinated Point

A dialogue box opens, for x enter 0 and for y, a. Click on Create and Exit.

Figure 18 - Coordinated point creation box

Figure 19 - First point in geometry tab

To name a point, right-click on it. A box opens, with the drop down menu, you can choose a letter name and you can choose the name’s position. Name the new point B.


Figure 20 - Point properties box                                                   Figure 21 - Point B

We will create two circles: Create Object / Circle / Circle by Center and passing through a Point. The first circle is by centre o and passing through the point B, the second is by centre B and passing through the point o.


Figure 22 - First circle                                                       Figure 23 - Second circle

Now we will create the two circle intersection points: Create Object / Point / Intersection of two Circles. Select one of the circles then the second. It creates the two points. Name them C and D.

Figure 24 - Intersection points C and D

We will create the segment [oB]: Create Object / Line / Segment. Select the point o or B then the other point. It creates the segment.

Figure 25 - Segment [oB]

Create the point middle H of segment [oB]: Create Object / Point / Point Middle. Select the segment [oB]. Name the point H.

Figure 26 - Middle point H

Switch to the geometric calculation tab ( button).

Consider the BoC triangle. Each radius circle measures a, so Bo, oC and CB measure a. Boc is an equilateral triangle. To measure its altitude: CH, create the geometric calculation CH. Click on Create Calculation. In the box, in Calculation box enter CH. Click on Create then Exit.

Figure 27 - Creation of geometric calculation CH

In the geometric calculation tab, Casyopée created the calculation c0. When one checks the calculation, one can observe an approximate value. How does this value depend on a?

Figure 28 - Figure and calculation when a = 4

In the toolbar, change the value of a. Observe that circles’ radius and the resulting change of c0.

Figure 29 - Figure and calculus when a = 9

The value of CH could depend on a. To verify this hypothesis, highlight the calculation, choose Dependance. A box opens, it says that “The calculation depends on no free point” and suggests to export as an expression. Choose Yes.

Figure 30 - Calculation exportation box

Another box opens and gives the new geometrical expression. It is depending on a. Click on OK.

Figure 31 - Box "New geometrical expression"

Go back into the expression list (with  button), observe the new expression E, which gives the altitude of an equilateral triangle whose side is a.

Figure 32 - Expression E of the altitude of an equilateral triangle whose side is a

Creation date : 05/10/2014 - 11h00
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