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Re: kernel problem for trigonometry

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  • Subject: [mg29862] Re: [mg29820] kernel problem for trigonometry
  • From: "Fred Simons" <f.h.simons at>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 01:36:52 -0400 (EDT)
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----- Original Message -----
From: Soh Pek Hooi <fbasohph at>
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Subject: [mg29862] [mg29820] kernel problem for trigonometry

> Hi,
> May I find out the reason for the Kernel to compute the following with
> longer than the normal response time? It take several minutes to return a
> value, especially when the degree is not one of 0, 30, 45, 90 Degrees, and
> so on.
> FullSimplify[Sin[110 Degree]/Cos[220Degree]]
> Will appreciate your reply.
> Pek

FullSimplify is just a box of simplification tricks that might work in some
cases. Examples exist (and will exist for any implementation of
FullSimplify) that are equal to zero but cannot be reduced to zero by

When you know yourself how to simplify an expression, it is always
better to do it in your way. For your expression I would use FunctionExpand,
which on my computer takes 0. Second. But maybe you are looking for a
"simpler" result?


Fred Simons
Eindhoven University of Technology

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