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my attempt to do the exercises in sicp.

## Tuesday, August 5, 2008

### sicp exercise 2.77

;; Exercise 2.77. Louis Reasoner tries to evaluate the expression (magnitude z) where z is the object shown in figure 2.24. To his surprise, instead of the answer 5 he gets an error message from apply-generic, saying there is no method for the operation magnitude on the types (complex). He shows this interaction to Alyssa P. Hacker, who says ``The problem is that the complex-number selectors were never defined for complex numbers, just for polar and rectangular numbers. All you have to do to make this work is add the following to the complex package:''

;; (put 'real-part '(complex) real-part)

;; (put 'imag-part '(complex) imag-part)

;; (put 'magnitude '(complex) magnitude)

;; (put 'angle '(complex) angle)

;; Describe in detail why this works. As an example, trace through all the procedures called in evaluating the expression (magnitude z) where z is the object shown in figure 2.24. In particular, how many times is apply-generic invoked? What procedure is dispatched to in each case?

;; Answer

;; this works because magnitude is defined for complex to inturn invoke magnitude for rectangular.

;; The apply generic is invoked twice. once for complex->magnitude and once for rectangular->magnitude

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