Questions about the function Assuming[], the $Assumptions system variable, and the Assumptions option of functions such as Simplify[] and Integrate[].

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Restricting a plotted expression to reals in a Manipuate

I have an expression from which I'm trying to create a plot that I can manipulate. The expression contains Abs, and I only want to have it evaluated for reals. What ...
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Is it possible to impose “Assumptions” in DSolve or equivalent? (differential equation solving)

When DSolve tries to solve differential equations, it is sometimes not smart enough to generate conditions according to different possible value of parameters. ...
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Simplifying Complex Numbers that contain physical units

I am trying to evaluate the following: Simplify[Meter Nano Re[(a + I b)/(Meter Nano)], Assumptions -> Element[{a, b}, Reals]] However, Mathematica returns: ...
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How can I use assumptions with FindRoot?

I have something like FindRoot[f[x], {x, a}] Now I want FindRoot to constrain the solutions to 0 < x < 1. How can I ...
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Usage of Assuming for Integration

For some reason, when I enter the following integration in Mathematica Assuming[{k ∈ Integers}, Integrate[ Exp[ I k t], {t, -π, π}]] the result turns out to be ...
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Integrating hat functions

I am trying to integrate a hat function for a project that I am doing and have found a method to do so but I find it sloppy. Currently I have the basis function ...
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Detecting operator Set in Assumptions

Here is a typical issue: Simplify[x + y, x = y] produces 2 True. Is there a way to detect operator ...
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How to evaluate the sum over a hyperplane

I have difficulties in evaluating the following expression: $$\sum_{\small n_1+...+n_{k}=m-k}\; \prod_{i=1}^{k}\frac{1}{(n_i+1)(n_i+2)}$$ I have tried the function ...
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Why does Assuming for Integrate not work as expected?

I'm trying to perform the following integral with Mathematica 7: ...
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An apparently “simple” limit?

Let $c$ and $h$ be real values. I was using Mathematica to compute the limit $(h \rightarrow \infty)$ of the following expression: $$ \frac{\left(h^2 +c^2 h^2 + \sqrt{4 h^2+\left(h^2+c^2 ...
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Assumptions are not being applied to integral

I am trying to use assumptions to simplify an integral, but I can't seem to get the assumptions to apply themselves. Here is the code I am using: Note the expressions in the assumption can be found ...
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How to define a large number of assumptions?

Please consider the following simple and larger example: ...
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Replacements/Substitutions in Mathematica

I am a new user of Mathematica and have some questions about the simplifications of calculated expressions. I am unable to attach an image of the session, but my Mathematica commands are: ...
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One Integral — Two Results

I compared Mathematica's default integral evaluation to what you get by computing the indefinite integral and then plugging in the limits. (I did this because the latter approach was much faster for ...
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What exactly does GenerateConditions do?

Consider for example this strange behavior: Integrate[1/x, {x, 0, Infinity}, GenerateConditions -> False] (*0*) I'd also like to know the difference between ...
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Is my expression too complicated for FullSimplify or am I doing something wrong?

I have a messily defined function $v(h, w)$ with $h, w \in \mathbb{R}$ and with a removable singularity at $h=1/2$, and I am trying to prove some of its properties using Mathematica. In particular I ...
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How to make use of NumericQ[x] = True (and use it safely)?

Basic Issue: I'm trying to understand the proper use of NumericQ's "magical" capabilities. Please consider the examples below. Actual question and some links are ...
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Mathematica gives wrong answer for an integral

When I execute the following, Integrate[ Exp[-w^2 + I w^3], {w, -∞, ∞}] I get (2 E^(2/27) BesselK[1/3, 2/27])/(3 Sqrt[3]) ...
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Assumptions with D

I want to give assumptions for the D function. Say I want to calculate $\frac{d|x|}{dx}$ for $x>0$, which is 1. I write ...
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Calculating a limit with a result that is discontinuous in the parameters

The following limit is left unevaluated (Edit: added the assumption that $\epsilon$ is real thanks to the comment below): ...
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Get Mathematica to simplify $\cosh(i x)$ [closed]

I want Mathematica to simplify Cosh[I x] to Cos[x] if I tell Mathematica that x is Real. I ...
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Optimization with assumptions

I have the following problem, when I am trying to optimize function with pre-defined assumptions. I am using Mathematica 8 and I wrote the following simple code ...
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Is it possible to set a variable as a positive one in the whole notebook?

I'm having issues during integration due to the fact that Mathematica doesn't know if an undefined variable is positive or not (it gives me complexes which bothers me in the end). For example I do ...
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Assumptions on unknown functions

I'm trying to do analytic calculations in a quantum mechanic harmonic oscillator basis. Specifically I want to be able to evaluate functions of the many particle density. I define the following ...
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Assumptions seem not to be considered

In the following a,b is a probability distribution, i.e. a+b==1 with ...
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Attaching persistent assumptions to symbol definition

Is it possible to attach assumptions to a symbol? This relates to this question. Most of my work involves physical equations, i.e. there are basic assumptions on variables that will always hold true ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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Maximizing a function with assumptions

Using f[s_] := Log[(s/r)^α ((α - 2) n0 r^α + 2 π Pmax ρ r^2) /((α - 2) n0 s^α + 2 π Pmax ρ s^2)]/s When I run the following line: ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify drop the Re function from an expression known to be real?

For some reason Mathematica does not properly simplify this expression: ...
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Does $x>0$ imply that $x\in\mathbb{R}$?

Let’s assume I input Assuming[x > 0, expression] Is it assumed by Mathematica that $x$ is a real number? Or that the real part of $x$ is positive? Something ...
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simplifying $\frac{\log x^a}{a} = \log x$

If one makes the assumptions $x>0,a>0$, then $\frac{1}{a}\log x^a = \log x$. Thus, in Mathematica, Simplify[1/a*Log[x^a], {a > 0, x > 0}] returns ...
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simplify assuming a variable equals zero

How can one simplify an expression by assuming that one of the variables is equal to zero? For instance, while Simplify[%,a>0] gives the desired output, ...
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How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...