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specifies that expr is to be evaluated with local values for the symbols x, y, ....
defines initial local values for x, ....
  • Block allows you to set up an environment in which the values of variables can temporarily be changed.
  • When you execute a block, values assigned to x, y, ... are cleared. When the execution of the block is finished, the original values of these symbols are restored.
  • Block affects only the values of symbols, not their names.
  • Initial values specified for x, y, ... are evaluated before x, y, ... are cleared.
  • You can use Block as the right-hand side of a transformation rule with a condition attached.
  • Block implements dynamic scoping of variables.
  • Block is automatically used to localize values of iterators in iteration constructs such as Do, Sum, and Table.
Temporarily change settings of global system parameters:
Evaluate an expression with a variable temporarily set to a given value:
Perform a deeply recursive calculation:
The default setting of $RecursionLimit is too low for this calculation:
Use a local expression to visualize a complex map:
Block localizes values only; it does not create new symbols:
Module creates new symbols:
Iterators localize their variable in a similar way to Block:
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