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Re: Simplifying Expressions with Ratios of Factors
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*Subject*: [mg48584] Re: [mg48579] Simplifying Expressions with Ratios of Factors
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
*Date*: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 19:58:05 -0400 (EDT)
*References*: <200406051119.HAA11825@smc.vnet.net>
*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
On 5 Jun 2004, at 20:19, David Park wrote:
> Dear MathGroup,
>
> I can do the following but not in a way that totally pleases me. It
> exemplifies a common problem of simplifying expressions that contain a
> ratios of factors that we wish to combine.
>
> What is the best way to simplify expr1 to expr2?
>
> expr1 = d\[Tau]^2 == (dt^2*(m - 2*\[Rho])^2)/(m + 2*\[Rho])^2 -
> ((m + 2*\[Rho])^4*(d\[Rho]^2 + d\[Theta]^2*\[Rho]^2 +
> d\[Phi]^2*\[Rho]^2*
> (sin^2*\[Theta])))/(16*\[Rho]^4)
>
>
> expr2 = d\[Tau]^2 == (dt^2*(m/(2*\[Rho]) - 1)^2)/(m/(2*\[Rho]) + 1)^2 -
> (m/(2*\[Rho]) + 1)^4*(d\[Rho]^2 + d\[Theta]^2*\[Rho]^2 +
> d\[Phi]^2*\[Rho]^2*(sin^2*\[Theta]))
>
> David Park
Since you do not show us the way that "does not totally please you", it
is difficult to judge what sort of thing would. The most obvious
approach that comes ot my mind is, at least in my opinion, very simple:
Cancel /@ (expr1 /. m -> k*$B&Q(B) /. k -> m/$B&Q(B
This diffeers slightly from your expr2 but it does not seem to me worth
any further effort to remove this difference.
Andrzej
Andrzej Kozlowski
Chiba, Japan
http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/~akoz/
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