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

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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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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 ...