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Simplify with assumptions

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  • Subject: [mg32409] Simplify with assumptions
  • From: "Dave Snead" <dsnead6 at>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 01:16:51 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Using Mathematic 4.1, Why won't the 2nd expression simplify?

Simplify[1 - c^2,  s^2 + c^2 == 1]

Simplify[1 - s^2,  s^2 + c^2 == 1]
1 - s^2

Why doesn't this 2nd expression yield c^2?

The leaf count of both s^2 and c^2 are 3.
While the leaf count for both 1 - s^2 and 1 - c^2 are 7.

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