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# Expand polynomial

Posted 9 years ago
 Hi - apologies in advance because this must be simple, but I have tried a long list of commands without getting closer ... I want to expand a polynomial, grouped in powers of the variable. EG: given w=1+bx+cx^2+dx^3 Then I'd like to do something like Collect[w^2] and get 1 + 2bx + (2c+c^2)x^2 + 2(d+bc)x^3 + .... everything I have tried just gives me (1+bx+cx^2+dx^3)^2 Thanks
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Posted 9 years ago
 That's great, thanks again Bill.
Posted 9 years ago
 There is a ClearAll documented in the help system, but that only does it for specific names you give it.You can try the menu barEvaluation->Quit Kernel->Local->Quitand that should deal with most things.
Posted 9 years ago
 Perfect! Many thanks Bill (I had tried Collect, must have done something wrong, maybe something earlier not cleared ....). By the way - am I the only one who wishes there was a 'ClearAll' command that cleared everything from the current workspace (document)? I know I can specify types to be cleared, but would prefer to have a 'complete reset' available - unless there is one I don't know of?
Posted 9 years ago
 . In:= w = 1 + b*x + c*x^2 + d*x^3; Collect[1 + w + w^2 + w^3, x] Out= 4 + 6 b x + (4 b^2 + 6 c) x^2 + (b^3 + 8 b c + 6 d) x^3 + (3 b^2 c + 4 c^2 + 8 b d) x^4 + (3 b c^2 + 3 b^2 d + 8 c d) x^5 + (c^3 + 6 b c d + 4 d^2) x^6 + (3 c^2 d + 3 b d^2) x^7 + 3 c d^2 x^8 + d^3 x^9 
Posted 9 years ago
 That was just an example, I don't actually know the polynomial that might emerge, which is why I wanted to see if mathematica could do it. So to summarise, I have a general poly, like w= 1 +bx + cx^2 + dx^3 ... once I know what the right commands are, I will want to experiment with this. Then I want to make a series - 1 + w + w^2 + w^3 +... but again I might want to extend it further. So I will input w= 1 +bx + cx^2 + dx^3, then I want the commands that will take 1 + w + w^2 + w^3 and output that result, grouped in powers of x - so I would expect (only as an example) something like 1 + (...)x + (....)x^2 + (.....)x^3 + ...still keeping it general, with the b,c etc coefficiants. Thanks
Posted 9 years ago Posted 9 years ago Posted 9 years ago
 Thanks, but I want the output polynomial grouped by powers of x, so something like 1 +bx + (a^2+b...)x^2 + (......)x^3 + and so on?
Posted 9 years ago
 Hi, the expanded form you show is what I am looking for, but I want it in terms of the unknown coefficients a, b, c etc. - and in terms of a power of w, because once I can get w^2 I will try to get the series 1 + w + w^2 + w^3 + maybe higher terms. Thanks
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