       Re: Replacement Rule with Sqrt in denominator

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• Subject: [mg113992] Re: Replacement Rule with Sqrt in denominator
• From: Sebastian <sebhofer at gmail.com>
• Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 06:12:04 -0500 (EST)
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```On Nov 19, 11:11 am, Themis Matsoukas <tmatsou... at me.com> wrote:
> This replacement rule works,
>
> Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] /.
>  Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] -> G
>
> G
>
> but this doesn't:
>
> 1/Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] /.
>  Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] -> G
>
> 1/Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2]
>
> The only difference is that the quantity to be replaced is in the denominator. If I remove Sqrt from the replacement rule it will work but I don't understand why a square root in the denominator (but not in the numerator) causes the rule to fail.
>
> Themis

ReplaceAll acts on the FullForm of an expression. Evaluate
FullForm[Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] ]
FullForm[1/Sqrt[-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2] ]
and you will see why it fails in the 2nd case. One possible solution
is to use the following pattern
(-4 \[Zeta]^2 + (1 + \[Rho]^2)^2)^(_?(Abs[#]==1/2&))

HTH
Sebastian

```

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