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Algebraic re-substitution

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  • Subject: [mg70946] Algebraic re-substitution
  • From: "James" <cannonjunk at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 06:48:09 -0500 (EST)

Hello,

I am trying to work out how to simplify an equation by resubstituting
variables back into the result to make the result more readable. As a
simple example:

In three dimentions, the distance between two points is given by:
r[xi_,yi_,zi_,xj_,yj_zj_] := Sqrt[(xj-xi)^2 + (yj-yi)^2 + (zj-zi)^2]

If I have an equation like:
V=r[xi,yi,zi,xj,yj,zj]^2+2r[xi,yi,zi,xj,yj,zj]-5

Then I can tell mathematica to find the derivative, wrt xi:
f=D[V,xi]

This will then result in a long equation with many xi's, yi's, etc...
which would look much cleaner and simpler is mathematica re-substituted
r back into the equation.

How can I get mathematica to do this? I have been playing with Simplify
and FullSimplify, but I can't work it out. My actual problem is much
more complicated, but I made this up as a basic example to illustrate
the question.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

James in Japan


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