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alan
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TrigReduce: controlling the scope
Posted:
Dec 11, 2012 2:24 AM


I have an expression that is a sum of products of trignometric functions. Each term is something like this: Sin[alpha] Cos[omega tau1] Cos[omega tau2] Cos[beta]. (1) I want to apply trig identities to the terms that contain omega to transform them into trig functions of sums and differences, but I don't want the same transformation applied to the terms involving alpha and beta. For example, I want to express (1) as (1/2) Sin[alpha] Cos[beta](Cos[omega(tau1  tau2)]+Cos[omega(tau1 + tau2)])
If I apply TrigReduce to (1), I get terms like Cos[omega tau1  omega tau2 + alpha  beta]. How do I restrict the action of TrigReduce to terms containing omega? (I can do a hybrid calculation by cutting and pasting the terms I want, but I'd rather not have to cut and paste by hand).
Thanks.



