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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Cyclic Noncommutative Multiplication

I work with traces of long matrix products and I want mathematica to employ the cyclicity when simplifying. I use this redefinition of the non-commutative multiplication: ...
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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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Square both sides of an equation?

Can I define an equation (for example, x+1 == y^2 + 2), and tell Mathematica to square both sides? If not, what is an equivalent way to achieve this?
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Eigensystem, Eigenvalue doesn't output nonreal eigenvalues

Basically I have a matrix and when I used either Eigenvalue or Eigensystem, it doesn't output nonreal eigenvalues, instead it ...
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How to group certain symbolic expressions?

For example, I have the following expression : A( 2 x1 + B(y1 + y2) + 2 x2 ) How do I make the output look like this (grouping ...
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Is there any way to collect only variables with a specific power?

Suppose I've got this: In[13]:= Expand[(a + b) (b + c) (c + a)] Out[13]= a^2 b + a b^2 + a^2 c + 2 a b c + b^2 c + a c^2 + b c^2 And I want to collect only ...
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How to expand terms within an integral? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why aren’t these additions of integrals and summations equal? I am trying to expand all the terms in a sum in order to apply assignment rules later, but can't figure out ...
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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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How to implement dual numbers in Mathematica?

I wonder how can I implement dual numbers in Mathematica, so that all functions work well with them (as with complex numbers). Particularly, for each function $f$, ...
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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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How can I convert x^2 to x*x?

When I try the following code: a b^2 c /. b c -> e Mathematica gives me: a b^2 c but what I want is: ...
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How do I introduce a new variable in a trigonometric equation?

I have the trigonometric equation \begin{equation*} \sin^8 x + 2\cos^8 x -\dfrac{1}{2}\cos^2 2x + 4\sin^2 x= 0. \end{equation*} By putting $t = \cos 2x$, I have \begin{equation*} \dfrac{3}{16} t^4+ ...
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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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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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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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How can I rationalize the denominator of an expression?

Mathematica doesn't rationalize the denominator automatically, and I haven't found anything in the documentation about it. But I found an old post on MathGroup, which proposes a solution using ...
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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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Is it possible to use Composition for polynomial composition?

I want to do this: $P = (x^3+x)$ $Q = (x^2+1)$ $P \circ Q = P \circ (x^2+1) = (x^2+1)^3+(x^2+1) = x^6+3x^4+4x^2+2$ I used Composition for testing if that could ...
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RootSum result manipulation/simplification

Consider the sum sum1 = Sum[ k/( k^7 - 2 k + 3), {k, Infinity}] ...
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“Evaluating” polynomials of functions (Symbols)

I want to implement the following type evaluation symbolically $$(f^2g + fg + g)(x) \to f(x)^2 g(x) + f(x) g(x) + g(x)$$ In general, on left hand side there is a polynomial in an arbitrary number of ...
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What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$?

What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$? I want to evaluate It and I've tried to use the most obvious way: simply typing and evaluating $(x+y)^2$, But it gives me only ...
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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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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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Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients

I've run into some problems using Factor on polynomials with complex coefficient factors. Reading the documentation it looks like it only factors over the ...
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expanding a polynomial and collecting coefficients

I'm trying to expand the following polynomial ...
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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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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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How do I make Mathematica understand roots of unity?

Try the following: z = Exp[2 \[Pi] I / 5] Z = { { z, 1 }, { 0, 1/z } } Simplify[MatrixPower[Z, 5]] //MatrixForm Of course, this should return a 2 x 2 identity ...
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I need to move all the variables(x,y,z) to one side of an equality for the equation of a plane

I have 5(x-1)-(y+1)-(z+1)==0. If I use FullSimplify on it it returns 5x==7+x+y. This is not ...
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Manipulating an equation into standard quadratic form?

Say I have an equation of the form $$u s + \frac{1}{v} + \frac{1}{p s + q} = 0$$ (or any form that can be written as a standard quadratic, really, the above form is just an example; they'll all be ...
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Shaping/simplifying equations in a certain way

A problem I am occasionally facing is to simplify an equation not to it's shortest form but to a form that is simple by other means. Often, this is grouping the term according to certain functions, ...
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How to define a non-standard algebra in Mathematica?

I want to define an algebra, where there are three elements: 0, 1 and $\infty$ and two operations, addition and multiplication defined, both commutative: $$\begin{align*} 0+0&=0\\ 0+1&=1\\ ...
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Is it possible to have Mathematica move all terms to one side of an equation?

I have an inequality expression that I would like to express in terms of the relation of the parameters to zero. More simply, I want to have mathematica move all the terms to one side of the ...
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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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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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Replacing composite variables by a single variable

To replace a single variable by another variable, one can simply use the the replace all (/.) operator (e.g., ...
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Expand modulus squared

Is it possible to make a function in Mathematica that expands expressions of the form $$|z + w|^2 = |z|^2 + 2\text{Re} \overline{z}w + |w|^2?$$ Preferably it should also be able to handle things ...
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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 ...