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Re: How to select terms wanted in a series


Personally, I would not convert to a  list but use a combination of Select,
MemberQ and FreeQ.  Something like as follows
(where the hash, #, is the pure function symbol) :


Out[95]= 2 x y

Select [expression,  MemberQ[#1,u^2 ] &]

Out[97]= 3 u^2

Select [expression,   MemberQ[#,x]&]

Out[99]= 2 x y+u x y-x y z

Or the following, perhaps:

Apply[List, Select [expression,   MemberQ[#,x]&]]

Out[107]= {2 x y,u x y,-x y z}


Out[100]=  -x y z

Please let me know if this is not exactly what you want. Perhaps it is not
what you want at all!

Tom Dowling

(thomasgdowling at

On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Barrow <GRseminar at> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have an expression, which is a sum of large number of terms, e.g.
> expression = x + 2x*y - x*y*z + u*x*y + 3u^2
> And I want to select out terms with the factor (x*y). e.g.
> The terms in "expression" that I want are 2x*y, -x*y*z, u*x*y
> My first step is,
> allterms = Apply[List, expression]
> Then, I don't know how to extract the terms I want, I use
> Select[allterms, (# == x*y*_)&]
> But It doesn't work.
> Anyone has some good ideas? any help will be appreciated much!
> Sincerely  Barrow

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