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Re: Simple edit ...

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  • Subject: [mg19329] Re: [mg19319] Simple edit ...
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 02:14:58 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Michael Stokes wrote;

>Consider the following examaple;
>z = (a+Sqrt[d+e])/(a Sqrt[d+e])
>z //. Sqrt[d+e] ->L
>The replacement function only replaces the instance of Sqrt[d+e] in the
>numerator and leaves the instance in the denominator alone.  Why does
>this not work and what is the work around?

This is a very common error. Look at the FullForm of z.

Times[Power[a, -1], Power[Plus[d, e], Rational[-1, 2]],
  Plus[a, Power[Plus[d, e], Rational[1, 2]]]]

The expression in the denominator that you wish to match is actually of the form
Power[Plus[d, e], Rational[-1, 2]] and Power[Plus[d, e], Rational[1, 2]] does not
match it. This would work:

z /. Power[d + e, Rational[n_, 2]] -> L^n
(a + L)/(a*L)

Item in the denominator always require care when matching with rules.

David Park
djmp at

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