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

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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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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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How can I convert a complex number into an exponent form

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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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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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 to do algebra on unevaluated integrals?

I am working with functions calculated from a set of general basis functions. ...
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Why is ReplaceAll behaving like this?

I'm learning to use the ReplaceAll function and I found the behavior of which is quite confusing. For Sqrt[f[x, y]] /. f[___] -> u Mathematica returns ...
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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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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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How can I simplify $\log(512)$ to $9\log(2)$?

Can you explain me about the result of Integrate. ...
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Defining a function that completes the square given a quadratic polynomial expression

How can I write a function that would complete the square in a quadratic polynomial expression such that, for example, CompleteTheSquare[5 x^2 + 27 x - 5, x] ...
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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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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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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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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 do I get my equation to have the form $(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 + (z-c)^2-d = 0$?

I want Mathematica to express the equation $$-11 - 2 x + x^2 - 4 y + y^2 - 6 z + z^2=0$$ in the form $$(x - 1)^2 + (y - 2)^2 + (z - 3)^2 - 25=0$$ How do I tell Mathematica to do that?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol?

Oftentimes you find yourself looking for polynomials in multiple variables. Consider the following expression: a(x - y)^3 + b(x - y) + c(x - y) + d as you can ...
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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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Pull out scalars from NonCommutativeMultiply in commutator of SU2 spin algebra

I am trying to work on spin chains in Mathematica. That is, N spin-1/2 on a one-dimensional lattice with periodic boundary condition (N+1=1). I need therefore the SU2 spin algebra $S_z, S_+, S_-$ with ...
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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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ToNumberField won't recognize Root as an explicit algebraic number

Bug fixed in 10.0.0 In Mathematica 9.0.1, it appears that ToNumberField will not always recognize a Root object as an ...
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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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How to extract expression from ConditionalExpression

p1 := y /. {First[Solve[x^2 + y^2 + x == 1, y, Reals]]} ...
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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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Solving equations using algebra [duplicate]

Has anyone ever solved an equation for students using algebraic steps? For example, you start with the equation. 2x+3 = 5 Then you show subtracting 3 from both ...
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Transform Root objects into Trigonometric expressions

Consider the Root objects roots = Table[Root[-1 + 27 #1^2 - 162 #1^4 + 243 #1^6 &, i],{i,1,6}] These can be expressed in terms trigonometric functions as ...
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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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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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Undocumented fourth parameter of Collect; how long has it been there?

While tinkering with How to get a list of monomials of a polynomial without coefficients? on a whim I tried a fourth argument in Collect and found: ...
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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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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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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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Solving an equation with rational expressions (step by step) [duplicate]

Consider the following equation with rational expressions: $$\frac{5}{x+4}=4+\frac{3}{x-2}$$ We will look at the plot. We will use the Solve command to check our answer. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...