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Homework Help: Software to do polynomial calculation

  1. Nov 11, 2013 #1

    I'm looking for a program that will take

    [1 + (1+p)]*p

    and return the unchanged polynomial. i.e. 2p + p^2

    I know that matlab allows u to do polynomial convolution but for my purposes a program that returns the polynomial in the above format will be much much easier to work with.

  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 11, 2013 #2
    Maybe my question wasn't clear but I did find a way to do it in matlab.

    If anyone is curious it's very simple. The key is to define symbols:

    symbs p

    This tells matlab that x and y are symbols not variables.

    Then just do expand or regular operations.
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