Problem with FullSimplify in Version 5: Rationals are converted to Reals

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg45482] Problem with FullSimplify in Version 5: Rationals are converted to Reals*From*: oberfeld <oberfeld at uni-mainz.de>*Date*: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 00:00:30 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Dear list, while trying to solve an equation that could be solved without problems in MA 4.2, Solve[] does not find a solution in Ma 5.0.0.0. I found that the problem is due to FullSimplify[] in Version 5. In Version 4.2, Full Simplify[ Erf [ ( -(Log[10000000000]/Log[10]) - Log[10^(-12 + (20 +deltaL)/10)]/Log[10] )/ (Sqrt[2]*Sqrt[0.25302502757884177 + (0.6089140226261116 - 0.005294904544574884* (20 + deltaL))2]) ] ] yields Out:=-Erf[Log[10^(deltaL/10)]/ (Sqrt[1.012100110315367 + (-0.010653685371740707 + 0.00005607202827231952*deltaL)*deltaL]*Log[10])] In Version 5, I get Out:=0.5 - 0.25*Erf[(0. - 0.30709257318568767*Log[E^(0.2302585092994046*deltaL)])/ Sqrt[0.5060500551576835 + (-0.005326842685870354 + 0.00002803601413615976*deltaL)* deltaL]] + 0.25*Erf[(0. + 0.30709257318568767*Log[E^(0.2302585092994046*deltaL)])/ Sqrt[0.5060500551576835 + (-0.005326842685870354 + 0.00002803601413615976*deltaL)* deltaL]] So, FullSimplify[] in Version 5 has obviously converted *all numbers* to Reals, while in Version 4.2, Rationals are used where available!! As a consequence, Solve[] Version 5 can not find a solution to an equation in which the above term appears. QUESTION: do you know of a fix available for FullSimplify[] in Version 5 that corrects for this behaviour? Or are there any Options which can be used to 'reset' FullSimplify[] in Version 5 to the behavior of Version 4.2?? Best wishes, Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel ---------------------------- Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel Institute of Psychology Experimental Psychology University of Mainz Staudingerweg 9 55099 Mainz Germany

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Problem with FullSimplify in Version 5: Rationals are converted to Reals***From:*Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz@mimuw.edu.pl>