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Re: Factor by Grouping

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  • Subject: [mg96629] Re: Factor by Grouping
  • From: dh <dh at metrohm.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 04:20:44 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <gne6sj$pfe$1@smc.vnet.net>


Hi,

if you write "xy" Mathematica can not know that you mean the product x y and not 

the variable xy.

To factor there is (you guess) the function "Factor" that does the job 

nicely.

hope this helps, Daniel



magnum wrote:

> I am new to Mathmatica. I am trying to learn how to factor monomials and polynomials and at the same time learn Mathematica. How to I factoa equation such as

> 

> 4+7xy-14y-2x

> 

> I need to group to (x-2)(7y-2).

> 

> Should be easy I think, but I can't actually figure out what the correct sequence would be.

> 

> 

> 

> 

> 




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