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Re: Showing Intermidate steps

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  • Subject: [mg2919] Re: Showing Intermidate steps
  • From: wilson figueroa <wfigueroa at>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 01:10:42 -0500
  • Organization: Mosquito Net, Inc.

Leung Hing Chau,


I responded earlier with PowerExpand[expression],

but you could also do the following:

log[(x_)^n_] := n*log[x]

log[x_ y_] := log[x] + log[y]


Trace[log[x^2*y*z],log] will show all intermediate
steps.  Of course you will define all of the rules
for logarithms.  Note the lower case in log since I don't
want to redefine Mathematica's rules (although this
wouldn't hurt anything).

Hope this solves your problem.

Wilson Figueroa

wfiguero at


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