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• To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
• From: Cetin Cetinkaya <cetin%acm2 at yoda.physics.unc.edu>
• Date: Sun, 9 Aug 1992 16:47:27 -0500

Consider the following MMA session:
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Mathematica 2.0 for Sun3 68881 (June 22, 1991)
-- Terminal graphics initialized --

In[1]:= Expand[(x-1.)^6]

2        3        4       5    6
Out[1]= 1. - 6. x + 15. x  - 20. x  + 15. x  - 6. x  + x

In[2]:= N[%,20]

2        3        4       5    6
Out[2]= 1. - 6. x + 15. x  - 20. x  + 15. x  - 6. x  + x

In[3]:= Factor[%]

2
Out[3]= (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (1. - 2. x + x )

In[4]:= N[%,20]

Out[4]= (-1.000000000000198 + x) (-1.000000000000178 + x)

>    (-1.000000000000001 + x) (-0.999999999999942 + x)

2
>    (0.999999999999681 - 1.999999999999681 x + x )

In[5]:= Factor[%]

Out[5]= (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x) (-1. + x)

In[6]:= N[%,20]

Out[6]= (-1.000000000000198 + x) (-1.000000000000178 + x)

>    (-1.000000000000001 + x) (-0.999999999999942 + x)

>    (-0.999999999999841 + x) (-0.99999999999984 + x)

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Logical question: How many Factor[ ] is neccesary to factorize an expression?

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