multiplies each side of the equation or inequality rel by x.


multiplies the corresponding sides of two equations or inequalities.

Details and Options

  • The relations rel can have any of the following forms:
  • lhs==rhsequations
    lhs>rhs or lhs>=rhs inequalities
    ab>cgeneralized inequalities
  • The following options can be given:
  • Assumptions $Assumptionsassumptions on parameters
    GenerateConditions Allwhether to generate conditions on parameters
    TimeConstraint30time allowed for simplifying conditions
  • Possible settings for GenerateConditions include:
  • Allreturn all possible answers using Piecewise
    Automaticreturn a condition only if it is not generically satisfied
    Truereturn any condition that is needed
    Falsenever return any needed conditions
    Nonereturn unevaluated if conditions are needed


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Basic Examples  (3)

Multiply both sides of an equation by 3:

Multiply the corresponding sides of two equations:

Multiply both sides of an inequality by the number b:

Scope  (6)

Multiply each side of an equation with three expressions by r:

Combine an equation and an inequation:

Combine an equation and an inequality:

Multiply each part of a generalized inequality by :

Multiply by a relations expressed using Piecewise:

Multiply by an equation inside ConditionalExpression:

Options  (3)

Assumptions  (1)

Place assumptions on variables to simplify results:

By default, the different cases will be returned:

GenerateConditions  (2)

The default setting GenerateConditions->All creates a Piecewise expression if needed:

GenerateConditions->True returns a valid result with the needed condition:

GenerateConditionsFalse returns a valid result without the needed condition:

GenerateConditionsNone will fail if conditions are needed:

GenerateConditions->Automatic returns conditions that are not generically satisfied:

If the condition only fails for a single point, it is not returned:

Applications  (1)

Derive the quadratic formula:

Multiply both sides by 4 a:

Add b^2-4 a c to both sides:

Factor the left-hand side:

Take the positive square root of both sides:

Cancel the square root of the square:

Subtract b from both sides:

Divide both sides by 2 a to obtain the quadratic formula for x with positive square root:

Properties & Relations  (5)

True and False are considered trivial equations:

MultiplySides transforms equations to equivalent equations:

Solve gives values for the variables that make the equation true:

Reduce can be used to rewrite an equation in the form var==value:

Simplify includes the functionality of MultiplySides:

Using Expand to multiply out terms on each side of the equation:

MultiplySides[eq,x] is the inverse of DivideSides[eq,x]:

Wolfram Research (2018), MultiplySides, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (2018), MultiplySides, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Language. 2018. "MultiplySides." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (2018). MultiplySides. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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