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

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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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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 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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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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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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How to protect pattern or subexpression when distributing / expanding expression?

I've got an expression like expr = (1-x)(a+b) that I would like to distribute / expand while keeping factors of (1-x) intact, ...
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Working with quantum mechanics spins

I've written the following code for simple quantum mechanics operators on spin states: It seems to work, but the output could be better - how do I let Mathematics know that $0**\ 0==0$, and can I ...
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Distribute transpose on matrix multiplication

I need to do the following: Transpose[A.(B+C)]=Transpose[B].Transpose[A]+Transpose[C].Transpose[A] How should I do this in mathematica? So far mathematica does ...
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How to check an algebraic number for membership in a list

I need to check an algebraic number for membership in a list of algebraic numbers. The numbers can be expressed in different forms (combinations of radicals, Root ...
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Numbered symbols

I work with an exterior algebra over $R^n$. I have the basis $\{1,\omega_i\}_{i=1}^n$ in this algebra, and my differential operator is defined as $$d\omega_k=\sum_{i>j>0,i+j=k} (i-j)w_i\wedge ...
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List of unknowns in a differential equation

I often find myself wanting to see what variables/constants are undefined in a large set of differential equations, is there a function that will do this for me? As an example, for the following ODE ...
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Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol in Mathematica 10.0?

This question has already been asked three years ago (Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol?) but I'm not allowed to comment since I'm new at Mathematica StackExchange. The first ...
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Rearrange an algebraic expression so that each variable appears only once

Mathematica gave me a solution to an equation in this form: ans1 = (b c)/(a - a c + b c) $\text{ans1} = \frac{b c}{a - a c + b c}$ From solving the same equation ...
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How to apply tags to expression terms?

I often see on this site and at the mathgroup the repeated questions on how to rearrange expression that Mathematica "likes" to keep in one form, but the user prefers in another. Consider this trivial ...
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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 can I simplify $\log(512)$ to $9\log(2)$?

Can you explain me about the result of Integrate. ...
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How to do algebra on unevaluated integrals?

I am working with functions calculated from a set of general basis functions. ...
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Extracting Coefficients from a List of Sines

I want to extract the coefficients from the following list: list={16.2219 Sin[16.2219 t], 6.60924 Sin[6.60924 t], 13.927 Sin[ 13.927 t], 2.91309 Sin[2.91309 t]} ...
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Unexpected side effect of removing the Orderless attribute from Times

First I make Times orderless: ClearAttributes[Times, Orderless]; Then I evaluate ...
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Force a negative square root to be interpreted as an I

I have expressions like $$\sqrt{-\sqrt{1+x^2}} $$ how can I force mathematica to systematically rewrite this as $$i(1+x^2)^{1/4} \quad ? $$
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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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Is Mathematica intended to be used to do lengthy algebraic clculations? [closed]

The last two days I spent improving my Mathematica skills regarding rather simple algebraic calculations: discrete FT splitting sums combining sums changing summation indices replacing a sum with a ...
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Reduce an equation by putting a new variable

I have the following equation given: $$ (26-x)\cdot\sqrt{5x-1} -(13x+14)\cdot\sqrt{5-2x} + 12\sqrt{(5x-1)\cdot(5-2x) }= 18x+32. $$ In order to solve it, I want to substitute $t = \sqrt{5x - ...
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expanding a polynomial and collecting coefficients

I'm trying to expand the following polynomial ...
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Infinite expression encountered when simplifying ArcTan sums although the result is finite

If I attempt to simplify the sum ArcTan[1/x] + ArcTan[x] with ArcTan[ Simplify[ TrigExpand[ Tan[ ArcTan[1/x] + ArcTan[x]]]]] ...
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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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Non commutative multiply- expand expression

I began to use Mathematica a few days. My problem is: How to expand expression like $(a+b)*(a+b)$, where this multiplication is non commutative? Mathematica can do this?
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Generate expressions equivalent to rooted trees

I would like to know how to generate all rooted trees on $n$ vertices using Mathematica? More precisely, I am interested in generating algebraic expressions equivalent to rooted trees and constructed ...
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Move variable to one side of the equation

Say if I have a formula like so: a1*a2*a3^(a4 + 1)*(1 - E^(a5*a6/a3^a4/a2)) == 0 How do I move a3 to the right? I've tried to follow other examples here on stack ...
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Ordering in noncommutative multiply

I have an expression like s ** p1 ** p1 ** p2 - s ** p1 ** p2 ** p1 Which should be zero because the commutator between p1 ...
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What do the hashtags represent in the result of Solve, and how should I use them? [duplicate]

There is a function that I'm trying to get the inverse of. My function is a simple polynomial: Tn[T_] := 4/9 T^3/Tc^2 + 5/9 T Now I tried to find ...
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How to check if a given expression is an “explicit algebraic number”?

The documentation for PossibleZeroQ says: With the setting Method...
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Defining a non-commutative operator algebra in Mathematica

I am trying to develop a function(s) to do some commutator algebra to compute the enveloping algebra and ideals of a Lie algebra. For example if I have $SU(2)$ algebra generated by $L_i$ ($i=1,2,3$), ...
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Collect without grouping terms

The built-in function Collect, when applied to more than one variable, will group expressions by the first variable, as here: ...
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Finding mappings between expressions

Suppose we have an expression of the form: $j=\frac{A\left(t\right)}{B\left(t\right)}=\frac{C\left(s\right)}{D\left(s\right)}$ That is, $j$ can be expressed either as a function of $t$, or as a ...
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How to convert a system of parametric equations to a normal equation?

For example, I have a system of parametric equations (R is a constant number) : ...
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Limiting form of a polynomial expression

When simplifying an expression by hand, a trick that is often used is to remove terms that are lower powers of the independent variable, for instance, as $x \rightarrow \infty$, $x^2 + x$ becomes ...
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What does MinimalPolynomial do?

suppose $x^5-x-1=0$, $y^7-y-1=0$ and $z=x+y$. I want to find a minimal polynomial expression of $z$, such that $p(z)=0$, and the code can be written like this: ...
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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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Factor a specific sub-polynomial?

Consider the following example for a polynomial in several variables: ...
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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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Pulling powers to the outside of expressions (inverting PowerExpand)

Is there something like an inverse of PowerExpand that pulls powers to the outside of expressions: $$ x^2 y^2 \leadsto (x y)^2 \\ x^2/y^2 \leadsto (x/y)^2 $$ I ...
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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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How to extract phase angle from sinusoid

I'm doing some electric circuit calcualtions and I'm trying to get the phasor representation of some arbitrary function of Sin or Cos. Could be complex like: ...
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Eliminate several variables between five Conic_section equations

I want to eliminate x1, x2, y1, y2 between these 5 equations. I tried ...
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Showing the terms in a partial sum?

I am trying to get s[n_]:=Sum[1/2^k,{k,1,n}] to show me the actual terms involved in the $n$th partial sum and not just the sum itself. I've tried ...
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Implementing new algebra for list-like objects

I would like to implement an algebra (addition, multiplication, etc.) for what is called "truncated power series" (TPSA) (Differential Algebraic description of beam dynamics). . These 'objects' (sets ...
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How can I express an algebraic expression as a product?

I have a simply expression that I can see that I can express as a product. ...
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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: ...