fateman at cs.berkeley.edu
Tue May 15 23:00:53 CDT 2007
> -----Original Message-----
> From: maxima-bounces at math.utexas.edu
> [mailto:maxima-bounces at math.utexas.edu] On Behalf Of Doug Stewart
> It would be nice if this one would return sin^2(x)/2 instead
> of -cos^(x)/2.
There are many "answers in the back of the book" that are fairly
sophisticated in terms of simplification. It is what I think of as
"typesetter simplifications" in which the author, or an author of a previous
text, figured out how to save a few characters.
Would you prefer integrate(sin(x)*cos(x),x) to get a different answer from
Some things are not worth doing. Your suggestion about what is "nice" is, in
my estimation, way down on the list of things to improve.
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