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FullSimplify.
In[1]:= Sin[2x] == 2Cos[x]Sin[x]
Out[1]= True
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In general, an equation that is "generically correct" in
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InputForm expressions contain only the characters available on a standard
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Here is an expression in InputForm.
Integrate[1/x^2, {t, 0, 1}]
Here is the same expression in StandardForm.
For more information about notation in Mathematica, see
Section
1.10.9,
"Forms of Input and Output," in The Mathematica Book.

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