### Little help about define procedure

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**Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:50 pm**Hi everybody

I'm trying to study SICP. I use Dr.Racket and intall Neil Van Dyke's SICP Support for DrRacket. When I practice examples of the book, I bumped into something confused me.

The following codes are from the book and I use the procedure "sqrt" at beginning:

It worked perfactly well. But as for my understanding, you have to define a procedure before use it, right? So I don't understand how this can work?

And I do an experiment:

But this time the interpreter gave me "add: undefined; cannot reference undefined identifier", so I am totally confused about these results, can somebody explain what's going to me?

Thank you

I'm trying to study SICP. I use Dr.Racket and intall Neil Van Dyke's SICP Support for DrRacket. When I practice examples of the book, I bumped into something confused me.

The following codes are from the book and I use the procedure "sqrt" at beginning:

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`(sqrt (+ 100 37))`

(define (sqrt-iter guess x)

(if (good-enougth? guess x)

guess

(sqrt-iter (improve guess x)

x)))

(define (improve guess x)

(average guess (/ x guess)))

(define (average x y)

(/ (+ x y) 2))

(define (good-enougth? guess x)

(< (abs (- (square guess) x)) 0.001))

(define (square x)

(* x x))

(define (sqrt x)

(sqrt-iter 1.0 x))

It worked perfactly well. But as for my understanding, you have to define a procedure before use it, right? So I don't understand how this can work?

And I do an experiment:

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`(add 2 2)`

(define (add x y)

(test x y))

(define (test x y)

(+ x y))

But this time the interpreter gave me "add: undefined; cannot reference undefined identifier", so I am totally confused about these results, can somebody explain what's going to me?

Thank you