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Re: canonical mathematical expression represenation?

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  • Subject: [mg52508] Re: canonical mathematical expression represenation?
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve_usenet at>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 05:24:17 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <coefjk$rf3$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

There are various wrappers that you can use to control the way Mathematica 
expressions are formatted which you can find one the Cell | Display As... 
menu item. The one you want is TraditionalForm which you can use in-line 

Sum[a^k, {k, 0, M}]//TraditionalForm

If you want to wrap all of your outputs in TraditionalForm then you can do 
the following:


in which case Sum[a^k, {k, 0, M}] (and everything else) will be 
traditionally formatted.

Steve Luttrell

"nospam nospam" <nospam_please at> wrote in message 
news:coefjk$rf3$1 at
>I noticed that Mathematica represents expressions with
> some specific 'way' or order.
> For example,
> Sum[a^k, {k, 0, M}]
> gives
>          -1 + a^(1+M)
>         -------------
>            -1 + a
> How can I make it display the expression, in what I would consider
> a more 'natural' way, as follows
>           1 - a^(1+M)
>         -------------
>            1 - a
> I am sure there is a way to do, and why do you think
> Mathematica does it the way it does? what is the logic
> of how it represents things? is there a command to convert
> the first output to the second? I tried few commands, but
> can not figure it out.
> thank you,
> --nospam

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