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Re: Complete Factorization?

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  • Subject: [mg7148] Re: [mg7128] Complete Factorization?
  • From: Lou Talman <me at>
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 01:57:47 -0400 (EDT)
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Thomas Skipper wrote:

> Does anyone know why MMA would not be able to completely factor this:
> 2xy-4y^2?
> MMA will only factor out the 2, not the reamaining y, and consistently
> leaves only 2(xy-2y^2)

My guess is that you left out the space between the "x" and the "y" when
you entered "2 x y".

--Lou Talman

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