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question about simplify function

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  • Subject: [mg96939] question about simplify function
  • From: zxcv_890 at hotmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 06:17:02 -0500 (EST)

This seems like a basic question, but I can't see the answer: Why
doesn't either the Simplify or FullSimplify function transform the
expression x/(xy) into 1/y? When I substitute a specific value in for
x, the simplification occurs as expected, e.g., 4/(4y) transforms to 1/
y. Puzzling.
Jack


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