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Re: Trigonometric simplification

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  • Subject: [mg68957] Re: Trigonometric simplification
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 05:35:18 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <ecbnnc$r29$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

carlos at schrieb:
> 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
> Both Simplify and FullSimplify with assumptions on a
> fail to get the simpler form.
At least FullSimplify doesn't:

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

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