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silly questions?

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  • Subject: [mg59052] silly questions?
  • From: Kent Holing <KHO at>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:26:27 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Why does not (x^5-32)/(x-2)//FullSimplify in Mathematica  work?
Compare with Factor[x^5-32]//InputForm which returns (-2 + x)*(16 + 8*x + 4*x^2 + 2*x^3 + x^4).
So why does not the first command just return 16 + 8*x + 4*x^2 + 2*x^3 + x^4?
As in a factorization above, how is the easiest way to pick automatically (by a function) the factors of say degree >=2,  if any ?

Kent Holing

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