The art of manipulating an algebraic expression into the desired form.

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How to protect pattern or subexpression when distributing / expanding expression?

I've got an expression like expr = (1-x)(a+b) that I would like to distribute / expand while keeping factors of (1-x) intact, ...
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How can I convert x^2 to x*x?

When I try the following code: a b^2 c /. b c -> e Mathematica gives me: a b^2 c but what I want is: ...
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Is it possible to have Mathematica move all terms to one side of an equation?

I have an inequality expression that I would like to express in terms of the relation of the parameters to zero. More simply, I want to have mathematica move all the terms to one side of the ...
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How do I introduce a new variable in a trigonometric equation?

I have the trigonometric equation \begin{equation*} \sin^8 x + 2\cos^8 x -\dfrac{1}{2}\cos^2 2x + 4\sin^2 x= 0. \end{equation*} By putting $t = \cos 2x$, I have \begin{equation*} \dfrac{3}{16} t^4+ ...
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Reduce an equation by putting a new variable

I have the following equation given: $$ (26-x)\cdot\sqrt{5x-1} -(13x+14)\cdot\sqrt{5-2x} + 12\sqrt{(5x-1)\cdot(5-2x) }= 18x+32. $$ In order to solve it, I want to substitute $t = \sqrt{5x - ...
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Move variable to one side of the equation

Say if I have a formula like so: a1*a2*a3^(a4 + 1)*(1 - E^(a5*a6/a3^a4/a2)) == 0 How do I move a3 to the right? I've tried to follow other examples here on stack ...
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Is it possible to use Composition for polynomial composition?

I want to do this: $P = (x^3+x)$ $Q = (x^2+1)$ $P \circ Q = P \circ (x^2+1) = (x^2+1)^3+(x^2+1) = x^6+3x^4+4x^2+2$ I used Composition for testing if that could ...
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Limiting form of a polynomial expression

When simplifying an expression by hand, a trick that is often used is to remove terms that are lower powers of the independent variable, for instance, as $x \rightarrow \infty$, $x^2 + x$ becomes ...
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Finding mappings between expressions

Suppose we have an expression of the form: $j=\frac{A\left(t\right)}{B\left(t\right)}=\frac{C\left(s\right)}{D\left(s\right)}$ That is, $j$ can be expressed either as a function of $t$, or as a ...
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What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$?

What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$? I want to evaluate It and I've tried to use the most obvious way: simply typing and evaluating $(x+y)^2$, But it gives me only ...
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RootSum result manipulation/simplification

Consider the sum sum1 = Sum[ k/( k^7 - 2 k + 3), {k, Infinity}] ...
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“Evaluating” polynomials of functions (Symbols)

I want to implement the following type evaluation symbolically $$(f^2g + fg + g)(x) \to f(x)^2 g(x) + f(x) g(x) + g(x)$$ In general, on left hand side there is a polynomial in an arbitrary number of ...
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How to convert a system of parametric equations to a normal equation?

For example, I have a system of parametric equations (R is a constant number) : ...
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What does MinimalPolynomial do?

suppose $x^5-x-1=0$, $y^7-y-1=0$ and $z=x+y$. I want to find a minimal polynomial expression of $z$, such that $p(z)=0$, and the code can be written like this: ...
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expanding a polynomial and collecting coefficients

I'm trying to expand the following polynomial ...
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Replacing composite variables by a single variable

To replace a single variable by another variable, one can simply use the the replace all (/.) operator (e.g., ...
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Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol?

Oftentimes you find yourself looking for polynomials in multiple variables. Consider the following expression: a(x - y)^3 + b(x - y) + c(x - y) + d as you can ...
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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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How do I make Mathematica understand roots of unity?

Try the following: z = Exp[2 \[Pi] I / 5] Z = { { z, 1 }, { 0, 1/z } } Simplify[MatrixPower[Z, 5]] //MatrixForm Of course, this should return a 2 x 2 identity ...
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I need to move all the variables(x,y,z) to one side of an equality for the equation of a plane

I have 5(x-1)-(y+1)-(z+1)==0. If I use FullSimplify on it it returns 5x==7+x+y. This is not ...
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Manipulating an equation into standard quadratic form?

Say I have an equation of the form $$u s + \frac{1}{v} + \frac{1}{p s + q} = 0$$ (or any form that can be written as a standard quadratic, really, the above form is just an example; they'll all be ...
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Shaping/simplifying equations in a certain way

A problem I am occasionally facing is to simplify an equation not to it's shortest form but to a form that is simple by other means. Often, this is grouping the term according to certain functions, ...
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How to define a non-standard algebra in Mathematica?

I want to define an algebra, where there are three elements: 0, 1 and $\infty$ and two operations, addition and multiplication defined, both commutative: $$\begin{align*} 0+0&=0\\ 0+1&=1\\ ...
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Expand modulus squared

Is it possible to make a function in Mathematica that expands expressions of the form $$|z + w|^2 = |z|^2 + 2\text{Re} \overline{z}w + |w|^2?$$ Preferably it should also be able to handle things ...