silly questions?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg59052] silly questions?*From*: Kent Holing <KHO at statoil.com>*Date*: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:26:27 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

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

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: silly questions?***From:*Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz@mimuw.edu.pl>