Maybe I have not worded this correctly so let me make this a little more clear.
Rong as far as I know both the form you gave me and the for I have shown are valid maple forms, but as I said the problem is nither my ability to manipulate or solve these types of equations as I have done so for years. My problem is more a matter of how maple and I can interact effectively.
I have recenthly retired and now that I have I can take a look at what all the rage was about maple, however it seems what I take for granted maple does not. maple requires explicit commands to do the most simple of things, but given what is required of it I can see why.
But back to the problem... all I was asking realy as silly as it may seem is does maple have a command to convert from the form(s) given to the form I stated in the original post.
Thanks again Rob.