Questions on manipulating complicated expressions and making them look simpler using Simplify, FullSimplify and Reduce.

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Why does Mathematica show 4095/4096 terms in TrigExpand?

Clear[x, n]; expr = Cos[x]^(n - 2) (1 - Cos[x]^2 + Sin[x]); r=TrigExpand[expr] Where do those 4095/4096 comes from? It is correct, but it seems very strange ...
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How to prevent simplification?

I have a question about the concept of simplification. I want to explain it with an example. When I write $4/8$ in mathematica, output is 1/2. How can i return ...
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hold specific pattern in symbolic calculation

I encounter some questions when I try to simplify a symbolic expression using Mathematica. For example, I got an intermediate expression ...
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Prevent Simplify from using cot

I have the following problem. I got a huge equation to simplify and in there are numerous $\cos(x)$ and $\sin(x)$ terms and now it happens that Simplify changes terms like $(...+\cos(x)*a+...)$ to ...
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Write Integer powers as products

I need to wirte all occasions of (a+b)^3,Ftp^2, Sin[th]^2, ...etc as (a+b)*(a+b)*(a+b), Ftp*Ftp, Sin[th]*Sin[th], ...etc ...
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Using assumptions when calling Simplify from Collect

I am quite new to Mathematica, so please be patient ;) I have a very long equation that I have to sort for powers of a variable called e and that I want to ...
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FullSimplify wont simplify to expression with lower SimplifyCount

I have been trying without success to get FullSimplify to work on some trigonometric expressions. It refuses to convert them to forms that are clearly much ...
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Fullsimplify does not simplify Abs'[1.-a]

I have to simplyfy an expression involving Abs' This works: FullSimplify[Abs'[1 - a], a ∈ Reals] Sign[1 - a] but this ...
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How to transform power of -1 into exponential [duplicate]

After FullSimplify, Mathematica usally gives some coefficients like ((-1)^(1/5)) But I don't want this form, I want ...
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simplification issues

The first are from an old paper, dealing with the evaluation of elastic Green function in a transversely isotropic medium (Hill 1964). ...
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Apart for complex roots?

Let p[x] be a polynomial in x and consider the partial fraction decomposition of 1/p[x]. ...
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A short notation to fix the assumption that all involved parameters are, say, positive

Often I make simplifications or other operations with assumptions. Sometimes the assumptions simply state that all parameters involved are positive. I wonder, if there is a short notation for such a ...
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Building a ComplexityFunction based on the size of the expression output

I am experimenting with the ComplexityFunction of Simplify and came up with this one: ComplexityFunction->Function[e,Rasterize[HoldForm[e],"BoundingBox"][[1]]] ...
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Why does this happen with FullSimplify? [duplicate]

It is stated at the Wolfram Documentation Center (FullSimplify/Possible Issues) that: Why and when this could happen? How to avoid it? Any patterns? Edit: As pointed out in the comments, this ...
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A simple expression that Mathematica can't simplify

I'm using Mathematica 9. I encountered an expression that Mathematica couldn't simplify to a simpler form: ...
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Simplifying an exponential expression [duplicate]

I have an expression: (1/a^13)^(1/13) I want Mathematica to simplify it to '1/a'. How do I do it? 'Simplify' and 'FullSimplify' don't work.
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How to show that an expression is 0 if FullSimplify never finishes

I have a huge expression. And I have "checked" numerically that it is 0 for real value variables. However, due to the size and structure of the expression FullSimplify seems to be having a hard time. ...
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Simplifying symbolic expressions involving dot products

I have a function that outputs a large expression containing dot products of vectors. None of the vector components are known, so all dot products are symbolic. For instance, part of the output may ...
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Remove redundant parameters from equation

I have random expressions like (b1 x + b2 x)/(b3 + b4/b5 x) + Sin[b6 x] where $x$ is a variable and {b1, ..., b6} are parameters to be fitted. This expression is ...
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Taking function output as shown, and processing it regardless of its history

I am making some symbolical calculations for my quantum chemistry class. I am supposed to build a wave function composed of multiple other functions, each of which is also composite of some lower ...
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Decomposing a complex numbers equation into its real and imaginary part

I have an equation such as: a*z^2 + b*(z - c)^2 == d where z is a complex variable and ...
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Applying Reduce[] to a table [duplicate]

I have a table for example: t = Table[k,{k,5}] which returns {1,2,3,4,5} and for every element in this table I want to check when it is $\leq 1 + a$. I ...
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Simplify returns wrong result [duplicate]

For some particular reason, Mathematica makes wrong calculations when using Simplify[]. I need Simplify[] for a fractional decomposition of some fractions of low-order polynomicals. Here is a ...
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How to get a more compact form of this probability calculation?

Inspired by the probability calculation here, I am trying to solve a little general one: $$\mathbb{P} (\sum_{i=1}^{m-1} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m} S_i < L < \sum_{i=1}^{m} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m+1} ...
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Simplifying an inequality inside an answer by parts

I have the following piece of code where I'm evaluating a probability of a variable v being greater than some threshold under a Uniform distribution. ...
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Integrate[] does not work when the function has an antiderivative function

This function (1 + (1 + 1/(2*Sqrt[x]))/(2*Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]))/(2*Sqrt[x + Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]]) has the antiderivative function, since ...
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Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients

I've run into some problems using Factor on polynomials with complex coefficient factors. Reading the documentation it looks like it only factors over the ...
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Parabola plotting tangential to x = const, and y= const

ContourPlot[ pm Sqrt[x - a] + pm Sqrt[y - b] == Sqrt[c], {x, 0, 2 a}, {y, 0,2 b}] plots a parabola, but only a part between points of tangency (a, 0) and (0, ...
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What does the expression “Total[funca[a,#] & /@ #] & /@ {x,y}” possibly mean?

Can the expression be simplified as "Total[funca[a,#]] & /@ {x,y}"? What does the double of "& /@" mean? Where can I find some reference? Updated According to Mr.Wizard's answer, I now know ...
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How to control factor gathering in Simplify

To make my results more readable, I need to make MMA gather terms differently. In this example, Simplify gathers terms by common z[]: ...
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Expand just first level of an expression

Is there a way to build a function to expand just the first level of powers and products of an expression? Edit: ...
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Handling Accuracy and Simplifying

I have the following problem. I have a system of non-linear equations that I log-linearize around a certain point, let's call it point A, using a function that I ...
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Is there a simple function identify the sign of an expression given constraints

I'm looking to find a simple function that can identify the sign of an expression given a set of constraints. I have looked around and do see that there is a few threads on this but I'm not sure I ...
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Why don't these assumptions result in further simplification?

I'm trying to simplify an expression, which has a factor of $\lambda(\lambda-1)$, where $\lambda$ may be either $1$, or $0$. So I try: ...
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How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation

How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation: Tan[5 y/12] - (7 y/((x)^2 + (y)^2 - (3.5)^2)) == 0 i.e: $y=f(x)$ where $y$ is a explicit ...
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Convert imaginary exponentials to goniometric expressions

Can I force mathematica to re-express something like $$\left\{\frac{1}{2}i\left(\frac{1}{16} e^{-2 i (\alpha (1)+4 \alpha (2))} \left(-1+e^{8 i \alpha (2)}\right) \text{d$\alpha $}(1) \left(2 \left(2 ...
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Why is it so complicated to simplify a complex conjugate? [closed]

My question is very simple. I would like to multiply a complex number by its conjugate. Unfortunately, this seems to be extremely complicated in Mathematica. Consider the very basic example: ...
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Expanding Function Based on Congruence Classes

I'm trying to get Mathematica to expand $\quad \quad \beta_n=\sum_{r=0}^{n}\frac{\alpha_r}{(q^4;q^4)_{n-r}(q^4;q^4)_{n+r}},$ where $\alpha_r$ is an integer valued sequence that is given by ...
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Simplifying a fraction with bringing in new variables

Let's say I have a fraction like this: (a b x^2 + a^3 x) / (a^2 b x) and I would like to simplify it by multiplying both the numerator and the denominator with ...
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How do I check to see if two expressions are equal?

This is what I am trying: (2 x - 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v)/(2 x + 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v) == (Sqrt[x] - Sqrt[x - v])^4/v^2 but it's not working. Can someone tell me ...
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Simplification of a complex-valued expression with purely real components

(I'm including all the information here, as I'm not sure how much of it is necessary to solve the problem. For a tl;dr skip to the bottom) I've been working on a problem involving calculating ...