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1-cos(x)^2 doesn't simplify?

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I found an ancient similar question, apperantly it used to work when at least x is not assigned. But when I try
syms x
simplify (1-cos(x)^2)
I get ans = 1 - cos(x)^2
Is there a reason for this, or is it just a bug?

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Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 3 May 2021
Perhaps try using the Steps name-value pair.
syms x
simplify(1-cos(x)^2,'Steps',10)
ans = 
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Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 3 May 2021
That is correct. It will not always simplify to what you want.

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