## Piecewise

### sign function

Returns the sign of the argument.

sign(z)

#### Description

The sign function, which is also called signum, returns the sign of z. z may be any numeric expression that evaluates to a real number or a complex number. When z is a real number, sign(z) returns 1 for z>0 and -1 for z<0. sign(z) returns 0 for z=0. When z evaluates to a complex number, sign(z) returns z/abs(z).

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### u function

The unit step function.

u(z)

#### Description

u(z) is commonly known as the unit step function. z may be any numeric expression that evaluates to a real number. The function is undefined when z has an imaginary part. u(z) returns 1 for z0 and 0 for z<0.

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### min function

Finds and returns the minimum of the values passed as arguments.

min(A,B,...)

#### Description

The min function returns the minimum value of its arguments. min can take any number of arguments not less than 2. The arguments may be any numeric expressions that evaluate to real numbers or complex numbers. If the arguments are complex numbers, the function returns min(re(A), re(B), ...) + min(im(A), im(B), ...)i.

### max function

Finds and returns the maximum of the values passed as arguments.

max(A,B,...)

#### Description

The max function returns the maximum value of its arguments. max can take any number of arguments not less than 2. The arguments may be any numeric expressions that evaluate to real numbers or complex numbers. If the arguments are complex numbers, the function returns max(re(A), re(B), ...) + max(im(A), im(B), ...)i.

### range function

Returns the second argument if it is in the range between the first argument and the third argument.

range(A,z,B)

#### Description

The range function returns z, if z is greater than A and less than B. If z < A then A is returned. If z > B then B is returned. The arguments may be any numeric expressions that evaluate to real numbers or complex numbers. The function has the same effect as max(A, min(z, B)).

### if function

Evaluates one or more conditions and returns a different result based on them.

#### Syntax

if(cond1, f1, cond2, f2, ... , condn, fn [,fz])

#### Description

The if function evaluates cond1 and if it is different from 0 then f1 is evaluated and returned. Else cond2 is evaluated and if it is different from 0 then f2 is returned and so forth. If none of the conditions are true fz is returned. fz is optional and if not specified if returns an error if none of the conditions are true. The arguments may be any numeric expressions that evaluate to real numbers or complex numbers.