The art of manipulating an algebraic expression into the desired form.

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What is the inside?

What is the inside of the Mathematica command, solve, for a system of equations like the following? $$\eqalign{ (x +2\phantom{3} z)^2 + (y +\phantom{3} w)^2 &= 52\cr (x + 30z)^2 + (y + 3w)^2 ...
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Algebra problem [closed]

I have recently run into an algebra problem that goes as follows. Using the numbers 1-9 A + B + C + D = EF E + F + G + H = CJ B + G + J = ?D total = B? where ...
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How to distribute PermutationProduct over the sum

Assuming I have two elements of the permutation group algebra $a_1$, $a_2$ such that $a_i=\sum_{p\in S_n}\alpha_pp$, I want to define a linear product $\odot$ that distributes over the sum and pulls ...
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Expand expression into quotient of negative power series

I have a function T(z) and want to expand it to the following form: At the end I want to have a list of equations, which can calculate a0, a1, a2, b0, b1 and b2 with different values of h1, h2, ...
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Maple like collect command in Mathematica

In Maple I often simplify expressions for functions of same argument using the collect command: > collect(a*f(x)+f(y)+x*f(x), f, factor) (a+x)*f(x)+f(y) where ...
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Impose an specific Trigonometric expansion with TrigExpand

Is there a way to impose in mathematica an specific trigonometric expansion with TrigExpand? I have various double-angle expressions for cosine and sine in my ...
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Replacement rules in combination with pure functions to make a change of variables

I have defined my function in this way w = f[r,Θ] ; After some calculations i obtained my results with respect to the previous function. For instance: ...
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Manipulating formal vectors

I want to work with a formal vector space spanned by integer triplets: $$ V=\text{span}\{(a,b,c):a,b,c\in\mathbb N^3\}, $$ such that Mathematica can do additions for me. For example,if I input ...
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How to make noncommutative multiplication agree with commutative multiplication

I need a noncommutative multiplication that is Associative Distributive $A**0=0$, $A**1=A$ Agrees with the commutative multiplication ($A**(k B)=(k A)**B=k (A**B)$) I have found a code ...
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Block Matrix Algebra with Mathematica

I have come up with some BlockMatrix Algebra for Mathematica to make notations easier. I have the following: ...
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Define inverse for the custom operator

I want to define simple matrix algebra (inspired by the following posts: Block Matrix Algebra with Mathematica ; How to define custom operators ). I assume the funtion ...
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Is there a version of Together that doesn't cancel common factors?

I'm running code that produces a long combination of rational functions with free constants that need to be tuned such that the combination vanishes. My current method is to put the combination over ...
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How do I replace a variable in a polynomial?

How do I substitue z^2->x in the following polynomial z^4+z^2+4? z^4+z^2+4 /. z^2->x ...
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Transform an expression to remove the singularity

I have the expression Sin[c x]/c. Clearly it is undefined at $c=0$, but that is merely a removable singularity, since $$\frac{\sin(cx)}c=x\frac{\sin(cx)}{cx}= ...
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How to get a rule for, e.g., (x + y) to apply to (-x - y), etc.?

For example, the substitution (x + y) -> s fails here: In[1]:= (-x - y) /. (x + y) -> s Out[1]= -x - y Of course, I ...
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How to substitute the following conditions into an expression?

I have an expression: $p=a\;b\; x + b^2\; y + a\;c\; z$. I want to substitute $a\;b=1$, $b^2 = 2$ and $a\;c = 4$ to obtain $p = x + 2y + 4z$. How can I tell Mathematica to do that? I dont know how to ...
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Exploiting a relation among constants

Say I have two arbitrary real constants $p,q$ that satisfy $p^2+q^2=1$. Is there any way to easily declare this relation in Mathematica? Edit More specifically I have this (among others) expression: ...
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Isolating characters in a string

I'm struggling to find the right function in mathematica to isolate specific characters in a string. I have got a formula as string (I imported it from an excelfile) like this: y = 0.97*x1 + ...
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Grouping constants in expressions

Starting from the general expression: i A(a x + b y + c z + ...) + j B(a' x + b' y + c' z + ...) + k C(a'' x +b'' y + c'' z + ...) I'd like to rearrange it to ...
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Simplification with assumptions

I'm trying to make Mathematica do some simplifications for me. I have the expression ((1 + s[1]) (-1 + s[2]) )/(-1 + s[1] s[2]) and want to simplify this with ...
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How to order lexicographically the monomers of a parametrized polynomial?

I want to order lexicographically the monomials in a "parametrized polynomial", i.e. polynomials whose "symbolic bits" may be either "variables" or "parameters". For example: ...
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Memory leak issues

I am working with noncommuting objects and basically I am using Mathematica to sort large expressions by normal ordering and simplifying them. To this end, I first create an object called ...
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Working with a system of differential equations that cannot be solved explicitly

I have to work a lot with three functions $\;o_1(t), o_2(t), o_3(t)\;$ that are solutions to the certain system of differential equations: ...
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Do a gauge transformation for a Chern-Simons theory?

Suppose we have the following Lagrangian density: $$ L=\epsilon^{\mu\nu\rho}\big(\sum_a A^a_{\mu}(x) \partial_\nu A^a_{\rho}(x)-\sum_{a,b,c}\frac{1}{3} f^{bca} A^a_{\mu}(x) A^b_{\nu}(x) ...
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What is the proper way to verify that two expressions are equivalent?

First of all, it appears to me that $$\left|\frac{1}{x} + x^2\right| \Leftrightarrow \frac{|1 + x^3|}{|x|}$$ is true. I don't know why, but my attempt to verify it in Mathematica failed. ...
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Plot a cone in spherical co-ordinates

As we all know in spherical coordinates a function phi = π/3 gives us a cone. The cone makes an angle of π/3 with the imagined ...
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Pulling out common terms when simplifying complicated equations

I have a complicated expression where common terms are apparent but Simplify[] and FullSimplify[] don't appear able, even with plenty of assumptions added, to reduce down to a simpler form with common ...
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Using Collect with equations

Is it possible to somehow use the expression that Mathematica has collected once the Collect command has been used? What I mean is, I have an expression like this ...
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Checking if two trigonometric expressions are equal

Say I have two trigonometric expressions which are a bit complicated. Is there a quick way to check if they reduce to the same thing (that they are equal) using Mathematica? I was solving this: $y'' ...
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How to implement a formal expectation operator over an unknown distribution?

I need to do some simplification of an expression involving averages over a stochastic variable (in order to verify a long analytical calculation). The easiest way to do that, I figured, were if I ...
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HornerForm of polynomials in terms of E^(i x)

I want to know how to get the HornerForm of the following expression in terms of E^(I x): ...
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How can I expand a inequality with Abs

I want Abs[x] + Abs[y] <= 1 to be convert to ...
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How can I convert a complex number a+b I to the exponent form A Exp(I phi)?

When I have an expression such as: (1/4 + I/4) ((1 - 2 I) x + Sqrt[3] y) it is hard to get an intuition of the number. So I want to convert it to the complex ...
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Multivariate resultant in Mathematica?

Is there any command in Mathematica 7 which can compute the (McCaulay) resultant of a parametric system of multivariate polynomial equations? In fact, it would be great if there is also a way to ...
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How to compute MIN$(A(x), B(x))$

I have two polynomials: $\;A(x) = \sum a_i\;x^i$, $\quad B(x) = \sum b_i\;x^i$. Given $A(x)$, $B(x)$, I want to compute $\;C(x) = $MIN$(A(x), B(x)) = c_i\;x^i$ where $c_i = $MIN$(a_i, b_i)$. How can ...
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How to replace every possible $A+B$ and $AB$ in expansion of $(A+B)^{10}-A^{10}-B^{10}$ with $x$ and $y$, respectively?

I would like to replace every possible $A+B$ and $AB$ in expansion of $(A+B)^{10}-A^{10}-B^{10}$ with $x$ and $y$, respectively. How to do it with the simplest code in Mathematica? For example, ...
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How accurate is Collect?

Background: I am trying to compute the Lyapunov exponent for the logistic map given by \begin{equation*} x_{n+1}=F(x_n)=ax_n(1-x_n) \end{equation*} The formula for the Lyapunov exponent for a given ...
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Why is ToRadicals[] not able to handle all cases? Is there a workaround?

The documentation for the function ToRadicals says: ♦ There are some cases in which expressions involving radicals can in principle be given, but ...
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Solving an algebraic equation with one or more constraints? [duplicate]

Just as a simple example, say I wanted to solve Sin[x] == a for x with the constraints -1<=a<=1 and 0 < x < Pi. Is there any way to do this?
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how to permute bit strings and manipulate their elements

I want to write a function(has 2 paremeter, n=range,k=number of 1 digits) which finds all probable combinatorics of arbitrary bit strings and evaluate sum of tensor ...
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Unexpected result from InverseFunction

Given the following two equivalent inverse functions, why does one simplify (using inverse functions that are acceptable to me) and the other doesn't? Is there an assumption or setting I can give ...
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Why do I get a different answer from the use of TrigExpand?

This is an old post but I get two different answers from Mathematica 9.0.1.0 ...
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Speed up Eliminate

I have a set of trig equations, c1,c2,c3 are constants, I excepted the result is c1 c2 c3 r^2 + (c1^2 + c2^2 + c3^2 - 1) r + c1 c2 c3 == 0 but following code ...
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How to neglect higher power terms in a polynomial expression

I have a polynomial expression of order n (say n=20). F(x)=1+x+x^2+x^3++...x^20. I want to approximate the polynomial for order 3 only. So I need to make the ...