is there a way to get the steps needed to transform something like this
2^(n + 2)*n
If I put it in as an equation, it just tells me Result: true.
How about Factor:
Factor[2^(n + 1) n + 2^(n + 1) n]
That does not show more information just writing 2^(n + 1) n + 2^(n + 1) n
Factor[2^(n + 1) n + 2^(n + 1) n] // Simplify