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Way to evaluate D[(1-x^2)y''[x],{x,n}] ?

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  • Subject: [mg14914] Way to evaluate D[(1-x^2)y''[x],{x,n}] ?
  • From: Dr Phillip Kent <p.kent at>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 17:48:35 -0500
  • Organization: Imperial College
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I'm wondering if and how to make Mathematica evaluate  derivatives like


y[x] is an unspecified function, n is a +ve integer.

It seems as though the system ought to "know" that this reduces to three
terms only, provided that n is constrained?


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