Re: question about simplify function

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg96956] Re: [mg96939] question about simplify function*From*: "Louis A. Talman" <talmanl at mscd.edu>*Date*: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 06:41:24 -0500 (EST)*References*: <200902271117.GAA21698@smc.vnet.net>

On Feb 27, 2009, at 4:17 AM, 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. Both Simplify and FullSimplify work for me. Did you remember the space between the "x" and the "y", or did you enter "xy" with no space? --Lou Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver <http://clem.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl>

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