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Re: Trigonometric simplification

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  • Subject: [mg68904] Re: Trigonometric simplification
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:20:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <ecbnnc$r29$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <ecbnnc$r29$1 at>, carlos at wrote:

> As an intermediate result of some calculations I have
> the expression
>    r=Tan[a]^2/(Sec[a]^2)^(3/2)
> where a is real. How can I coerce Mathematica into
> simplifying that to
>    r=Cos[a]*Sin[a]^2

It doesn't simplify because it is not true in general for a real. 

  Simplify[Tan[a]^2/(Sec[a]^2)^(3/2), -(Pi/2) < a < Pi/2]

  Cos[a] Sin[a]^2


  Simplify[Tan[a]^2/(Sec[a]^2)^(3/2), Pi/2 < a < 3 Pi/2]

  -(Cos[a] Sin[a]^2)


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