Re: Eliminating common factors?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg93334] Re: Eliminating common factors?*From*: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>*Date*: Tue, 4 Nov 2008 06:17:34 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Uni Leipzig*References*: <gemjk2$4v5$1@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de

Hi, 4*(a/4 + b/(4*c)) // Cancel ?? Regards Jens AES wrote: > I have a simple, totally algebraic symbolic calculation that displays > its output in the form (rewritten here using TeX notation) > > 4 ( {a \over 4 } + { b \over 4 c } ) > > where a, b and c are fairly simple products of purely algebraic > quantities; \over is the TeX notation for a display fraction; and the > curly brackets are just for TeX purposes and are not there in the actual > output. > > Is there any Assumption for Simplify, or any other _simple_ way, to get > rid of those (utterly!!!) superfluous 4's? > > [I suppose the real question is, why doesn't M cancel 'em the hell out > in the first place?!?!] >