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*Subject*: [mg32658] Re: [mg32652] Simplify
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <andrzej at platon.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
*Date*: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 01:19:33 -0500 (EST)
*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
First of all, you need to be careful how you enter your products. The
product of a and b must be entered as a b not ab. Secondly you need some
conditions on a and b because your answer is not valid in general. So:
In[25]:=
Simplify[(a^(1/3) - b^(1/3))*
((a^(2/3) + (a*b)^(1/3) + b^(2/3))/(a - b))^(1/3),
{a >= 0, b >= 0, a >= b}]
Out[25]=
(a^(1/3) - b^(1/3))^(2/3)
To see that the conditions are needed just put a=1 and b=2.
In[26]:=
N[(a^(1/3) - b^(1/3))*((a^(2/3) + (a*b)^(1/3) + b^(2/3))/
(a - b))^(1/3) /. {a -> 1, b -> 2}]
Out[26]=
-0.20364057097378715 - 0.3527158154089352*I
In[27]:=
N[(a^(1/3) - b^(1/3))^(2/3) /. {a -> 1, b -> 2}]
Out[27]=
-0.20364057097378704 + 0.35271581540893543*I
Mathematica can't show you how to obtain these solutions. It is not
designed for that purpose. There is at least one Mathematica based
program ( Physica) that does that sort of thing (in a limited way of
course) but I do not know if there is a way to get it short of becoming
a physics student at the Open University in England.
Andrzej Kozlowski
Toyama International University
JAPAN
http://platon.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/andrzej/
On Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 06:10 AM, simba_leo wrote:
> Hello
>
> How can I simplify the following term?
>
> (a^(1/3) - b^(1/3)) * ((a^(2/3) + (ab)^(1/3) + b^(2/3))/(a-b))^(1/3)
>
> If I use the commands "Simplify", "FullSimplify", "Expand" or
> "PowerExpand"
> mathematica doesn't find the solution.
> The solution is (a^(1/3)-b^(1/3))^(2/3)
> If it's possible to find the solution in mathematica could mathematica
> show
> me the way this solution?
>
> Thanks for your answers!
>
>
>
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