`For(x)`declares the given symbol as locally bound variable in the scope of the parent call. For example,

`f(a, For(x), b)`declares $x$ as a locally bound variable that may be used within the expressions $a$ and $b$. The interpretation of the variable is left to the parent operator $f$.

Called with a tuple of symbols,

`For(Tuple(x, y, z))`, each symbol becomes a locally bound variable.
Called with several arguments, for example

`For(x, a, b, c)`, the additional parameters $a$ $b$ $c$ specify information about the range of $x$. The interpretation of the parameters is up to the parent operator $f$. Most operators recognize`For()`with two additional parameters as specifying an iteration range: for example,`Sum(Factorial(n), For(n, 2, 10))`gives $\sum_{n=2}^{10} n !$. (When`For(n, a, b)`is used in this sense, the endpoints $a$ and $b$ must be integers or possibly $a = -\infty$ and/or $b = \infty$ where an infinite sequence makes sense. The iteration sequence is empty if $b < a$.)
There are various exceptions. For example,

`Integral`understands two parameters as representing the endpoints (not necessarily integers) of a directed line segment to integrate over:`Integral(Cos(x), For(x, Neg(Pi), Pi))`becomes $\int_{-\pi}^{\pi} \cos(x) \, dx$.`Derivative`takes one or two parameters denoting the evaluation point and optionally the order of differentiation:`Derivative(Sin(x), For(x, y))`becomes $\sin'(y)$ and`Derivative(Sin(x), For(x, y, 2))`becomes $\sin''(y)$.Definitions:

Fungrim symbol | Notation | Short description |
---|---|---|

Sum | $\sum_{n} f(n)$ | Sum |

Factorial | $n !$ | Factorial |

Infinity | $\infty$ | Positive infinity |

Integral | $\int_{a}^{b} f(x) \, dx$ | Integral |

Cos | $\cos(z)$ | Cosine |

Pi | $\pi$ | The constant pi (3.14...) |

Derivative | $\frac{d}{d z}\, f\!\left(z\right)$ | Derivative |

Sin | $\sin(z)$ | Sine |

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