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Re: Eliminating common factors?

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  • Subject: [mg93371] Re: Eliminating common factors?
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 04:54:19 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <gemjk2$4v5$1@smc.vnet.net> <gepb1g$sg6$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <gepb1g$sg6$1 at smc.vnet.net>, SigmundV <sigmundv at gmail.com> 
wrote:

> Well, any of Expand, Simplify, Together, Apart ... will do (at least
> with the actual expression, you posted). However, why did you post the
> expression in TeX syntax? Wouldn't it be easier to type 4(a/4+b/4 c)?

Since this has been asked twice:  I just wanted to emphasize that the 
output was appearing as two *display fractions*, i.e. something like

         a                 b
4 (  ------    +     ------------  )
        4                4 c

in case it made any difference; and I wanted do this without messing 
with typing something like the above, and worrying about whether it 
would display properly with different fonts that were or were not 
monospaced.

[The math and computer gurus posting on this group sometimes seem to 
assume everyone will know their arcane lingo; I was assuming they would 
know at least some basic TeX syntax, since it's a lingua franca for 
every colleague (and grad student) that I know.]


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