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Re: factoring

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  • Subject: [mg115092] Re: factoring
  • From: Patrick Scheibe <pscheibe at trm.uni-leipzig.de>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:04:37 -0500 (EST)

Hi,

if you want to multiply x and y you have to say so. Either by leaving a
space so that it reads x y or by using times *:

Factor[x*y - x*z + y^2 - y*z]

Cheers
Patrick


On Thu, 2010-12-30 at 04:09 -0500, r_poetic wrote:
> Hello,
> an easy question:
> 
> why does Factor[xy-xz+y^2-yz] fail to return (x+y)(y-z), and what
> command would do that?
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 



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