# Question:How do I apply an inverse distributive law

## Question:How do I apply an inverse distributive law

Maple 15

I have the following expression (obtained from an earlier calculation):

I want to collect all the terms under one summation. So I define a rule:

collectf:=proc(f)
A::algebraic*f(a::algebraic)+B::algebraic*f(b::algebraic)\
+C::algebraic*f(c::algebraic)+D::algebraic*f(d::algebraic)=f(A*a+B*b+C*c+D*d);
end proc:

and then

applyrule(collectf(Sum),%);

I get

Error, (in +) unable to identify A::algebraic

I used similar constructs before so I think the rule is constructed correctly. I should, however, mention that I use the Physics:-Vectors package and in fact the expression I start up with here reads, in 1-d Maple inputform:

Physics[Vectors][`+`](Physics[Vectors][`+`](Physics[Vectors][`+`](-y*(Sum((diff(a[n](r), r))/(exp(I*Pi*n/L))^2, n))/r, (2*I)*(Sum(a[n](r)/(exp(I*Pi*n/L))^2, n))*k0), y*(Sum(a[n](r)/(exp(I*Pi*n/L))^2, n))*k0^2), -y*(Sum((diff(a[n](r), r, r))/(exp(I*Pi*n/L))^2, n)))

Is my problem related to the use of Physics:-Vectors? If so, how can I get around that?

TIA,

Mac Dude

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