58
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5answers
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Advice for Mathematica as Mathematician's Aid

I use Mathematica mainly as an aid in symbolic attacks on problems, usually intermediate or harder and often number theoretic. While Reduce, ...
40
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2answers
1k views

Why does Simplify ignore an assumption?

Here is the example: Simplify[x + y, x + y == a] Simplify[x + y, x + y == 5] Mathematica 9 output: x+y 5 I expect the ...
19
votes
3answers
776 views

How can I completely ban usage of some functions in output and mandate use of others?

For example, I hate that Mathematica uses Pochhammer symbol in outputs and prefer all the expressions in Gamma function. How can ...
17
votes
2answers
1k views

Why doesn't FullSimplify drop the Re function from an expression known to be real?

For some reason Mathematica does not properly simplify this expression: ...
10
votes
4answers
514 views

Extracting equations from Piecewise expressions

Say I have a PDF: PDF[LogNormalDistribution[1.75, 0.65], x] Calculating it, Mathematica gives me an expression that looks like this: I want to extract the ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

Suppressing negative roots in Mathematica

Problem Using Mathematica's Solve operator can sometimes lead to an output involving a positive and negative root (say when solving for a variable such as ...
12
votes
2answers
643 views

Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Simplifying expressions with square roots

I would like Mathematica to simplify this expression: $4 \left(16 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}-32 c^2 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}+\sqrt{\left(1-8 c^2+8 c^4\right)^2}\right)^2$ ...
4
votes
2answers
323 views

presenting a real number as real instead of imaginary

I have an equation which results in an answer of the form $\frac{i a}{\sqrt{c-d}}$ is there any way to get Mathematica to present it in it's real form? like $\frac{a}{\sqrt{d-c}}$ I know that I ...
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votes
1answer
683 views

Symbolic Definite Integration

How do I perform Integrate[Sin[x]^2/(z^2 + R^2 - 2 zRCos[x])^(3/2), {x, 0, Pi}] where z and ...
1
vote
2answers
88 views

Simplify complex square roots

I want to simplify the following expression as follows: $$\sqrt{\left(\gamma -\kappa _2\right){}^2-16 G_2^2}=i\sqrt{-\left(\gamma -\kappa _2\right){}^2+16 G_2^2}$$ I am trying ...
0
votes
0answers
59 views

Problem using replace to simplify logarithms [duplicate]

Is there a way to combine logarithm terms like 9 m Log[m]-9 m Log[M]+16 m M Log[m]-16 m M Log[M] into ...