Re: question about simplify function

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg96967] Re: [mg96939] question about simplify function*From*: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at austin.rr.com>*Date*: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 06:43:28 -0500 (EST)*References*: <200902271117.GAA21698@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: drmajorbob at bigfoot.com

x/(x y) // Simplify 1/y Don't you see the difference between x y and xy? Bobby On Fri, 27 Feb 2009 05:17:02 -0600, <zxcv_890 at hotmail.com> wrote: > 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 > -- DrMajorBob at bigfoot.com

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