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I want to plot the function f(x,y)=cos(y)sin(x)/x even when x=0 (the function is continuous at such points). I can create a function in Asymptote that plots this surface with triple f(pair t) {return (t.x,t.y,cos(t.y)*sin(t.x)/t.x);} that works fine as long as the plotted points never have t.x=0. However, I do want to plot such points, and I tried to skirt this issue by using an if statement in the definition of the function: when t.x=0, I want the function to just return cos(y).

I tried:

triple f(pair t) {return (t.x,t.y, if(t.x==0) {cos(t.y);} else {cos(t.y)*sin(t.x)/t.x;});}

along with various permutations of existence of ; and placements of {} and (); I also tried

triple f(pair t) {return if(t.x==0) {(t.x,t.y,cos(t.y);} 
else {(t.x,t.y,cos(t.y)*sin(t.x)/t.x);};}

also with various placements of ;, etc. All I get is a vague syntax error message.

How do I combine functions and if statements?

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triple f(pair t)
{
    if (t.x == 0) { return (t.x, t.y, cos(t.y)); }
    return (t.x, t.y, cos(t.y)*sin(t.x)/t.x);
}

or

triple f(pair t)
{
    return (t.x, t.y, t.x==0 ? cos(t.y) : cos(t.y)*sin(t.x)/t.x);
}
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  • This is exactly what I was looking for. I just didn't quite understand the syntax of functions as to properly incorporate the if statement.
    – GregH
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 10:26

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