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Simplify characteristic equation

asked 2016-05-03 05:10:47 -0600

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I have a rather unwieldy symbolic expression of the form f(x) = 0, where the left hand side is a (low-degree) polynomial in x. I need to extract the constant term and the coefficients of a few powers of x in f(x). If I try to simplify either f(x) itself or each coefficient, Sage runs out of memory (even after increasing the Maxima heap size) or doesn't ever seem to terminate. Is there something I can do that takes advantage of the special form of the equation to simplify the coefficients?

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answered 2016-05-04 18:46:26 -0600

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Try to work with a better ring than the Symbolic Ring from the start, if possible.

Otherwise, try converting f(x) to an appropriate polynomial ring.

To get better help, provide a minimal working example that people can play with.

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