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Re: Collect exponents only

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  • Subject: [mg101409] Re: [mg101385] Collect exponents only
  • From: Leonid Shifrin <lshifr at>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 04:48:32 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Francisco,

one way is to use pattern-matching to simplify only specific expresions:

A Exp[I (x+y)-I x]+A^2 Exp[I (x+y)-I y]/.x:Power[E,_]:> Simplify[x]

Out[1] = A^2*E^(I*x) + A*E^(I*y)


On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 3:43 AM, Francisco Rojas <fjrojas at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I was wondering if there's anyway to ask the command Simplify (or
> maybe some other command) to only collect terms in the exponents of a
> long expression (which contains complex exponentials by the way) and
> not perform any other kind of simplification.
> For example I have an expression like this:
> A Exp[ I (x+y) - I x] + A^2 Exp[ I (x+y) - I y]           ( I is the
> the imaginary unit )
> Mathematica does two simplications here: it simplifies the terms in
> the exponents and factors out the A giving:
> A (Exp[ I y] + Exp[I x])
> whereas I would like to obtain only the exponents simplification,
> i.e.   A^2 Exp[ I y] + A Exp[ I x]
> Anybody knows how to do this?
> Thanks in advance,
> Francisco

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