# Why doesn't simplify() simplify symbolic equations?

Consider the following sage code:

```
a,b,c = var('a b c')
simplify(a + b == a + c)
```

I would expect the result of this code to be `b == c`

, but sage gives me `a + b == a + c`

. The only way to actually simplify the equation is to use `add_to_both_sides(-a)`

. For more complicated equations this seems to be hardly applicable. Why doesn't `simplify()`

(or `full_simplify()`

) take care of this properly?