Consider the following:

a = 1+(x+y+z+u)^10000 
(* Out[57]= 1+(u+x+y+z)^10000 *)
e = -a*z+a*z
(* Out[59]= z (-1-(u+x+y+z)^10000)+z (1+(u+x+y+z)^10000) *)

How can I simplify -a*z+a*z (assigned to e) to 0? The simplification is obvious.

I tried:

(* Out[60]= z (-1-(u+x+y+z)^10000)+z (1+(u+x+y+z)^10000) *)
(* Out[61]= z (-1-(u+x+y+z)^10000)+z (1+(u+x+y+z)^10000) *)
(* Out[62]= z (-1-(u+x+y+z)^10000)+z (1+(u+x+y+z)^10000) *)

None of it worked. The only two functions that can do that are Expand[e] and Apart[e], both of which work for smaller expressions, but never finish for this one:

No more memory available.
Mathematica kernel has shut down.
Try quitting other applications and then retry.

because they are expanding the (u+x+y+z)^10000 part, which takes forever.

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    – bbgodfrey
    Jan 22 '15 at 22:17
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    – bbgodfrey
    Jan 22 '15 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ e /. (x + y + z + u) -> t // Simplify $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Jan 23 '15 at 5:13

Expand takes forever, because it is trying to expand (u + x + y + z)^10000. Tell it not to.

Expand[e, Power[u + x + y + z, 10000]]
(* 0 *)
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Or in general Expand[e, _^_] will work too. $\endgroup$ Jan 22 '15 at 23:23
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    $\begingroup$ Well, hey, that's something I did not know about Expand, nifty. +1 $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Jan 23 '15 at 2:59

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