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

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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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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 ...
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Solving Det[matrix] == 0 with an 8 x 8 matrix [closed]

I want to solve the equation Det[matrix] == 0 which came from the consistency of solutions of a set of 8 equations. This matrix has two constants λ and μ and two variables $P$ and $q$. I want to get ...
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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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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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Differing behaviour of GeneratingFunction with different numbers of parameters

When given a single variable sequence, GeneratingFunction is automatically expressed in the most "direct form", for example, ...
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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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Writing an expression as sum of squares of expressions

Suppose we have a symmetric homogeneous polynomial expression $P$ in $X=(x_1,\cdots, x_n)$. I want to check whether there are functions $g(X)$ so that $P$ is of the form $\sum _{1\le i<j\le n} ...
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How to collect/reduce with respect to multiple variables?

I have this code: a == b + c + d - e Is it possible to collect or reduce this expression into this: c + d == a + e - b ...
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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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Apart may use Padé method: what's that?

How does Apart work? The page tutorial/SomeNotesOnInternalImplementation#7441 says, "Apart ...
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Solving recursion relations using Mathematica

I want to solve the recursion relation given in equation 2.7(a/b) on page $6$ of this paper. (..the initial seed is $F_1 = G_1 = 1$ and the functions $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are defined on page $5$ in ...
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How do I expand a sum?

I have a problem with Mathematica's symbolic manipulations. As an example, consider the following expression: $$\sum _{i=1}^n -2 x_i \left(-a x_i-b+y_i\right)=0$$ How do I get Mathematica to expand ...
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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 simplify a complicated Sum in terms of power Sums?

For example, I have: $a=\sum _{r=1}^n x_r \left(\left(\sum _{i=1}^n x_i-x_r\right){}^2-\sum _{i=1}^n x_i^2\right)$ ...
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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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Is there any way to force Mathematica to collect a symbol in a polynomial?

Let's say that I have a polynomial like this: a + b + c Is there any way that I can get Mathematica to transform it to: ...
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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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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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Why doesn't Mathematica expand Cos[x]^3 Sin[x]^2?

I found some examples of Mathematica's commands usage in an old manual but the program gives me different result than expected ...
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Most efficient way to determine conclusively whether an algebraic number is zero

Let x be an algebraic number of unspecified degree, expressed using arithmetic, rational powers, and algebraic integers (edit: ...
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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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How to transform equation

Is there any possible way to write this equation of 4th order as a system of two diff equations of second order with two new variables and to do that automatically? statespace command is transforming ...
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Hyperbolic numbers and their polar form

How can I implement Hyperbolic numbers in Mathematica? How could I express their polar form? How could I calculate their power?
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Decoupling system of differential equations

Here I have one task and it is preparation for small exam. I solved it by hand for first case 1), but I need to check it in $Mathematica$ and to try to implement it for both cases 1) and 2) ...
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Efficient method for factor expressions with square roots

Inspired from this, I tried factor following expressions, Mathematica takes a long time, I couldn't even wait for it to finish. Maple calculating it takes about 5 sec. Can you recommend an efficient ...
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How to get exact roots of this polynomial?

The equation $$ 64x^7 -112x^5 -8x^4 +56x^3 +8x^2 -7x - 1 = 0 $$ has seven solutions $x = 1$, $x = -\dfrac{1}{2}$ and $x = \cos \dfrac{2n\pi}{11}$, where $n$ runs from $1$ to $5$. With ...
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How do I expand a sum (again)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I expand a sum? How do I expand an equation in the given form: $\sum _{i=1}^n -2 x_i \left(-a x_i-b+y_i\right)=0$ into this form: $-\sum _{i=1}^n x_i y_i +a ...
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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 ...