## WeBWorK Problems

### displaying a reduced version of a polynomial ### Re: displaying a reduced version of a polynomial

by Davide Cervone -
Number of replies: 0
If you have a formula that you know to be linear in two variables, like your example here, then there is a sneaky way to find the coefficients to write it in standard form. Here is an example.
    Context("Numeric");
Context()->variables->are(m=>"Real",s=>"Real");

$a = random(2,9,1); do {$b = random(2,9,1); } until ($a !=$b);

$f = Formula("$a s + $b (s-m)");$A = $f->eval(s=>1,m=>0);$B = $f->eval(s=>0,m=>1);$F = Formula("$A s +$B m")->reduce;

TEXT($F ==$f  ? "F and f agree" : "F and f are different");

The key is that (for a linear function) the coefficients of s and m are the values of the function when (s,m)=(1,0), and (s,m)=(0,1), respectively. Then you can create the formula with the proper coefficients directly. The TEXT call should print "F and f agree", but you can use a test like this to check that the original function actually was linear (if it is coming from student input, for example).

Davide