# variable assumption

I have an expression in term of an independent variable $q$. Now, I would like to assume that $q$ is an arbitrary $14$-th root of unity (i.e. $q^{14}=1$).

It is not allow to evaluate in any primitive root of unity, say $\eta$, since the coefficients of my expression are in the $7$-th cyclotomic field (i.e. the field is generated by $\xi=e^{2\pi i/7}$), so $\eta$ is in the field.

I also tried with "assume(q^14==1)", but it didn't work.

How can I do?

**Added after Bruno's comment**: Here is an example. I have the expression

```
exp=q^16*xi^5 + (q^325-12*q^235)*xi^2.
```

where q is an independent variable and xi is the 7th-root of unity with least argument. In other words, I have an expression in terms of an independent variable q with coefficients in the 7-th cyclotomic field

```
K.<xi> = CyclotomicField(7)
```

Now, I want to assume that $q^{14}=1$, thus the resultant expression should be

```
q^2*xi^5 + (q^3-12*q^11)*xi^2
```

since $16\equiv 2\pmod {14}$, $325 \equiv 3\pmod {14}$ and $235\equiv 11\pmod {14}$.

How can I do that? Note that it is not sufficient to evaluate the expression in $q=$some primitive $14$-th root of unity, since $q$ can be $+1$ or $-1$.

Please, think that the expression have thousands of terms, so I cannot do it by hand as above.

You should describe a bit more what you've done, and what you are trying to do. For instance, you may include some (minimal) code that does not work as you wish. Why do you want to assume that $q$ is a 14-th root of unity? To find the solutions of some equation?

I tried to improve my question with an example. The reason of why do I want to do it is difficult and not necessary, since it is involved to calculations in ugly algebras.