Re: Re: Eliminating common factors?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg93403] Re: [mg93371] Re: Eliminating common factors?*From*: peter <plindsay.0 at gmail.com>*Date*: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 04:06:32 -0500 (EST)*References*: <gemjk2$4v5$1@smc.vnet.net> <gepb1g$sg6$1@smc.vnet.net>

what's "lingua franca" ? Is this a Classics Mathematica newsgroup now ? Jeeze things are changing fast..... ;) P 2008/11/5 AES <siegman at stanford.edu> > 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.] > > -- peter lindsay computing officer mathematical institute university of st andrews ky16 9ss phone: 01334-463756 The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532