is the default form for the i ^(th) parameter or constant generated in representing the results of various symbolic computations.


  • The C[i] are often used to parameterize families of solutions to equations.
  • In functions like DSolve, the C[i] can be thought of as corresponding to constants of integration.
  • In cases such as partial differential equations, the C[i] represent functions rather than variables.
  • C is the default setting for the option GeneratedParameters in such functions as DSolve, RSolve, and Reduce.


Basic Examples  (3)

Parameters generated by Reduce:

Parameters generated by DSolve:

Parameters generated by RSolve:

Introduced in 1991
Updated in 2003