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Re: Factoring question

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  • Subject: [mg35458] Re: Factoring question
  • From: "Steven Hodgen" <shodgen at>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 03:48:40 -0400 (EDT)
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"DrBob" <majort at> wrote in message
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> Factor[x^7 + x^5 + x^4 + -x^3 + x + 1] // Trace

This doesn't do it.  It only traces the initial evaluation, and then simply
displays the factored result with no intermediate factoring steps.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

> Bobby
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Hodgen [mailto:shodgen at]
To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg35458]  Factoring question
> Hello,
> I just purchased Mathematica 4.1.  I'm taking precalculus and wanted to
> a tough factoring problem, since the teacher couldn't do it either.
> Mathematica get's the correct answer, but I'm interrested in seeing how it
> got there.  Is there a way to turn on some sort of trace feature where it
> shows each step it used to get the the final result?
> Thanks!
> --Steven

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