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making functions with multiple return values

A function may return multiple values by returning a sequence. Multiple assignment (see =) or multiple local assignment (see :=) can be used to assign the values to separate variables, if the number of values to be returned is known.

i1 : f = i -> (i, i^2, i^3);
i2 : (x,y,z) = f 3

o2 = (3, 9, 27)

o2 : Sequence
i3 : x

o3 = 3
i4 : y

o4 = 9
i5 : z

o5 = 27

Simple assignment may be used if the number of values to be returned is unknown.

i6 : s = f 4

o6 = (4, 16, 64)

o6 : Sequence
i7 : #s

o7 = 3
i8 : s_0

o8 = 4
i9 : s_1

o9 = 16
i10 : s_2

o10 = 64