Understanding scoping of nested functions

I'm attempting to refactor a script by splitting it into multiple functions, having a main function and "help functions". Here I stumbled upon a problem which can be reduced to the following example:

g <- function(a,b){       # help function
    a^2 + b^2 - c
}

f <- function(a,b,c,d){   # main function
    g(a,b)
}

The problem here is, that f cannot be computed because g does not know what c is, but why is that the case?

I've read here that if R doesn't know a variable/argument in a function, it searches for that missing variable/argument in the outer function/environment.

Why does g still not know the value c which gets declared by f?



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