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

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Can I simplify an expression into form which uses my own definitions?

This seems like a simple thing to do, but I couldn't find anything relevant from Mathematica documentation. So suppose I have an expression: a*b/(a + a*Cos[a/b]) ...
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How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...
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Why does Simplify ignore an assumption?

Here is the example: Simplify[x + y, x + y == a] Simplify[x + y, x + y == 5] Mathematica 9 output: x+y 5 I expect the ...
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Common subexpression from two expressions

I am working with some unpleasantly tedious polynomials, which need to be manipulated in various ways (integrate with respect to some variable, differentiate with respect to another). Since these ...
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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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Why aren't these additions of integrals and summations equal?

I have the following code: Simplify[Integrate[f[x] + g[x], x] == Integrate[f[x], x] + Integrate[g[x], x]] To test: $$\int{\left(f(x) + ...
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What is the difference between a few simplification techniques?

I am trying to understand the difference between Refine, Simplify and FullSimplify, and when ...
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How can I completely ban usage of some functions in output and mandate use of others?

For example, I hate that Mathematica uses Pochhammer symbol in outputs and prefer all the expressions in Gamma function. How can ...
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How do I simplify expressions with square roots?

I want $\left\{\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{2}-\sqrt{3}},\sqrt{5-2 \sqrt{6}},\sqrt{4+\sqrt{15}}\right\}$ to be simplified to $\left\{\frac{1}{4} \left(2+\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{6}\right), \sqrt{3}-\sqrt{2}, \frac{1}{2} ...
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FullSimplify does not work on this expression with no unknowns

I can't reproduce this simple example from Habrat, 2010 ("Mathematica : a Problem-Centered Approach"). It is supposed to demonstrate the functionality of ...
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Simplifying expressions with square roots

I would like Mathematica to simplify this expression: $4 \left(16 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}-32 c^2 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}+\sqrt{\left(1-8 c^2+8 c^4\right)^2}\right)^2$ ...
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Why does Simplify[b-a] give -a+b and not b-a?

Simplify[b - a] results in -a + b. I prefer b - a, which is a bit simpler (3 symbols instead ...
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Using Hold correctly with Simplify and ComplexityFunction

It seems like Mathematica immediately evaluates the expression Sqrt@I to (-1)^(1/4). I'm trying to use ...
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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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Behavior of Reduce with variables as domain

When using Reduce, I accidentally put a set of variables as the domain. To my surprise, it not only seems that Reduce expects ...
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How can I simplify $\log(512)$ to $9\log(2)$?

Can you explain me about the result of Integrate. ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify drop the Re function from an expression known to be real?

For some reason Mathematica does not properly simplify this expression: ...
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Counting multiplications (complexity function)

I'm trying to count the number of times multiplication appears in an expression (for the purpose of constructing a ComplexityFunction that would help me simplify a terrible algebraic expression for ...
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Replacing gamma at half integers by double factorial

It is well-known that for any positive integer $n$ the equality $\Gamma(n+\frac12)=\sqrt\pi\,(2n-1)!!/2^n$ holds, where $!!$ stands for the double factorial. I am using ...
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Simplify expression to Abs

FullSimplify[Sqrt[1/(a^2 b^2)], Element[{a, b}, Reals]] gives Abs[1/(a b)] How do I simplify the following expression ...
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Remove annoying Conjugate

Here is an expression ...
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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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HornerForm of polynomials in terms of E^(i x)

I want to know how to get the HornerForm of the following expression in terms of E^(I x): ...
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Simplify expressions with Log

How can I get Mathematica to simplify the following expression n Log[a] + m Log[b] - m Log[a + b] - n Log[a + b] into ...
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Converting expressions to “edges” for use in TreePlot, Graph

This question is similar to this: Nested list to graph. How to "flatten" an arbitrary expression, eg expr = a[b[c, d[e][f], g], h] to a list of key-value pairs ...
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What's the correct method to simplify exponentials?

I have a sum of exponentials that I'd like to simplify. The issue is when I use Simplify, Mathematica loves to factor out one exponential factor. See below: $$e^{-i ...
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How do I invoke the default complexity function?

Documentation on ComplexityFunction says: With the default setting ComplexityFunction->Automatic, forms are ranked ...
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How do I simplify a vector expression?

I am doing vector analysis. I have figured out that the following expression won't be simplified in Mathematica: Simplify[Dot[x, y] - Dot[y, x]] I think the ...
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Removing Abs from Abs[a + Exp[I*c]b]^2

Title says it all. Mathematica produces sometimes expressions of the form Abs[a + Exp[I*c]b]^2 where all three quantities a, b and c are positive real numbers. ...
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How can I get $(r^{1/x})^x$ to simplify to $r$?

Simplify and FullSimplify do not simplify this kind of expression: $(r^\frac{1}{x})^x$. Consider ...
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Checking if two trigonometric expressions are equal

Say I have two trigonometric expressions which are a bit complicated. Is there a quick way to check if they reduce to the same thing (that they are equal) using Mathematica? I was solving this: $y'' ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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How can I see which transformations Simplify attempts?

The documentation for Simplify[expr] says that it performs a sequence of algebraic and other transformations on expr, and returns the simplest form it finds. How can I see which transformations it ...
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Expanding derivatives of hypergeometric functions

Sometimes Mathematica expresses results of integration or summation in terms of symbolic derivatives of Hypergeometric2F1 function, and cannot further simplify ...
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Simplify Sin[x]/x to Sinc[x]

I have an expression in the form of $\tt \frac{Sin[x]}{x}$ that I would like to simplify to the form of Sinc[x]. I've tried the ...
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How to simplify an expression with special functions to zero

The following is a well-known Bessel function identity: $$J_{-n}(z)=(-1)^n J_n(z),\qquad n\in\mathbb Z$$ To check this, I used the following code and the result is as what I expected. ...
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Log of products to sum of logs

I have a log of products: $$\log \left(\prod _{i=1}^n \left( g(a(i,i)) \prod _{k=1}^i f(a(i,k))\right)\right)$$ That I turn into a sum of logs (I know everything involved is nice enough): $$\sum ...
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Eliminate doesn't work in Mathematica

Hello Mathematica users, I have problems trying to eliminate variable $Q(x,y)$ froma PDE, but Mathematica output is just True. The problem is that I already found ...
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Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
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What is the proper way to verify that two expressions are equivalent?

First of all, it appears to me that $$\left|\frac{1}{x} + x^2\right| \Leftrightarrow \frac{|1 + x^3|}{|x|}$$ is true. I don't know why, but my attempt to verify it in Mathematica failed. ...
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Combining Cos[ ] terms

A function that is the sum of two Cosine terms of the same frequency x[t_] := a1 Cos[w0 t + b1] + a2 Cos[w0 t + b2]; can be simplified to a single ...
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Is my expression too complicated for FullSimplify or am I doing something wrong?

I have a messily defined function $v(h, w)$ with $h, w \in \mathbb{R}$ and with a removable singularity at $h=1/2$, and I am trying to prove some of its properties using Mathematica. In particular I ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify get rid of the common factor in this expression?

FullSimplify does not get rid of the z factor in the following expression: ...
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Simplifying the derivative of $|x|$

Context In[855]:= D[Abs[x], x] /. x -> 1 Out[855]= Derivative[1][Abs][1] In[856]:= D[x, x] /. x -> 1 Out[856]= 1 Question Why is ...
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Why does Mathematica simplify $x/x\to1$?

If I enter x/x, I get 1. Such behavior leads to this: Simplify[D[Sqrt[x^2], x, x]] 0 ...
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How to deduce a generator formula for a polynomial sequence?

Consider a polynomial sequence $\{p_n\}$ generated by some (simple) rule: $$ \begin{array}{l} p_1(x)=x \\ p_2(x)=2 x-x^2 \\ p_3(x)= x^3-3 x^2+3 x \\ p_4(x)=-x^4+4 x^3-6 x^2+4 x \\ p_5(x)= x^5-5 ...
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Simplify 2D polyhedral Regions like Interval

I don't think there's a built in "RegionSimplify" for polyhedral Regions and derived akin to how Interval automatically simplifies its argument expression: ...
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Can't simplify Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2

Why doesn't FullSimplify[ Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2, Assumptions -> {{a, x} ∈ Reals}] simplify to (a*Cos[x])^2 but this query ...
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Simplifying the trace of a matrix expression

I have a long expression involving matrices that I derived using the NCAlgebra package. Can I simplify the trace of the expression? For example, say b is a scalar ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Sum

I am trying to use Mathematica to simplify a symbolic expression involving Sum. Particularly, I define a sum via ...