Questions related to the calculus and analysis branches of Mathematica, including, but not limited to, limits, derivatives, integrals, series, and residues.

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Numerical differentiation methods

Is it possible to write code in Mathematica that implements various differentiation methods (like forward, central, extrapolated, etc.)?
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Making time differentials look like the textbook [duplicate]

I need to have time differentials to look like the 'textbook'. My code is Dt[x y^2] /. {Dt[x] -> dx/dt, Dt[y] -> dy/dt} which gives the output ...
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How can I numerically solve for fractional functions and fractional derivatives?

I would like to plot fractional functions. Say, $f(x)=\sin^{(1/2)}(x)$. By that, I mean that $f(f(x)) = \sin(x)$. Similarly, I can define a half-derivative to be an operator $H$ such that $H[H[f(x)]]...
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Integral of GeneratingFunction

I know that GeneratingFunction can be used to compute the generating function $\sum_{n=0}^\infty a_n x^n$ of a sequence $(a_n)_n$ via GeneratingFunction[a[n],n,x] ...
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Integrating special functions

I would like to integrate the following function with Legendre polynomial and Gamma function. I am open to suggestions. ...
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ConditionalExpression Limiting Domain

I came across a problem when evaluating the following integral: $\int_0^t \sqrt{9 x^4+1} \, dx$ Now, when I evaluate that, I get ...
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How do I find line integrals?

For example, how can I calculate $$\int_{\left | z \right |=1}\frac{dz}{z}$$ I know that the answer is $2\pi i$ but how do I do it using Mathematica?
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How to integrate this cumbersome piece-wise function?

I have this systems of equation: ...
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Use Mathematica to determine the falling law

We have a one-variable equation $\rho(R)$ where ρ = (14656.4+277.526*R^2)/(45.9225+R^2)^{5/2} + 0.370036/(R*(0.25+R)^3) This equations describes the evolution of ...
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Symbolic integral with distributions

Why is Integrate[ HeavisideTheta[1 - x^2] DiracDelta[1 - x^2] , {x, 0, 1} ] (*0*) It should be HeavisideTheta[0]?
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Understanding output of multivariable integration

I'm new to Mathematica and I'm trying to integrate this function: ...
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Step-by-step definite integration

I am interested in obtaining the intermediate steps for rather straightforward symbolic definite integrations (e.g., from an elementary calculus text). As an example, for $\int_0^1 x\,dx$ I'd like ...
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Positive integrand giving negative answer

I'm integrating a positive function f(t) times sin(t) from 0 to pi/5 and get -38. Actually f is slightly negative for a short time (smallest value ~ -0.0005), but far from enough to explain this. ...
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Pull Constants outside of integrals

I would like Mathematica to pull constants outside of an integral: e.g., $\int_0^t f[t] g[s] dt \to g[s] \int_0^t f[t] dt$ This has previously been discussed at replacement rule to pull independent ...
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Obtaining a particular form of solution for an integral

When I do: Integrate [E^(-(t/\[Tau])) Cos[\[Omega] t], {t, 0, \[Infinity]}] How could I get the solution in the form: ...
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Find dy/dx given an equation

Here's a homework problem from the Coursera course Calculus: Single Variable by Robert Ghrist Find the derivative $\frac{dy}{dx}$ from the equation $x \tan y - y^2 \ln x=4$ I wanted to check my ...
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Have I found a bug in Integrate?

The following command gives 0 in Mathematica 9.0.1. ...
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Is this integration error from a misuse of Mathematica or is it my poor math skills?

I have input this: Integrate[1, f[t]*Exp[(v/V)*t]] That is $\large\int 1*d(f(t)*e^{\frac{v}{V}*t})$ I expected this output: $\large f(t)*e^{\frac{v}{V}*t} + C$ ...
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A question about derivatives (cubics)

Given an equation: f(z) = a (x + I y)^3 + b (x + I y)^2 + c (x + i y) + d Which can be re-written as: ...
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Difficulty with computing a limit

I meet some difficulties when trying to compute this limit, ...
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Using WhenEvent for derivative of discontinuous function

I have a discontinuous function ($u(t)$, a square wave) and I would like WhenEvent to trigger when the signal goes high/low, i.e. when the value of $u(t)$ changes. ...
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The underlying process of Integrate[] [duplicate]

Integrate[x^4 E^-x^2, {x, 0, +∞}] Output: (3 Sqrt[π])/8 Can someone explain to me the specific calculation process ?
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Symbolic integration fails while numerical integration succeeds

I am hoping to evaluate the following integral Integrate[((r^3 - 7)^(2/3)*(1 - (r^3 - 7)^(2/3)/r^2))/r^3, {r, 2, Infinity}] but Mathematica informs me that this ...
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How can I calculate the perimeter of an equation-defined curve?

This is how the curve looks like: ...
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Series resulting in “No more memory available.”

Is there any way to force Mathematica to come up with the closed form to Sum[1/(i^18 (i^2 + j^2)), {i, 1, Infinity}, {j, 1, Infinity}] or ...
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integrating a Green's function for a damped harmonic oscillator

I have the following integrand: int = Sin[Sqrt[-g^2 + omega^2]*(t - tp)]*Exp[-g*(t - tp)]*A*Exp[-(tp - t0)^2/sigma^2]*Cos[Omega*tp]/Sqrt[-g^2 + omega^2] and am ...
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About an infinite product

I have a curiosity as regards the infinite product below. I wonder why Mathematica v.8.0. says the limit is $1$. This is not true. ...
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Integration leading to logarithms and chosing branch

I m doing this interal with Mathematica Integrate[(((1+b*t)^2)t)^(-1),t,Assumptions->b>0] what I get back is ...
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Can I define a function for vectors of arbitrary dimension?

Is it possible to do analytic calculations with Mathematica? For example, I want to compute: $$\partial \frac{\sum_{j=1}^n G_{j} \prod_{k=1}^{j-1} (1 - G_{k})}{\partial G_l}=-\prod_{k\neq l} (G_k-1)$$...
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Symbolic Definite Integration

How do I perform Integrate[Sin[x]^2/(z^2 + R^2 - 2 zRCos[x])^(3/2), {x, 0, Pi}] where z and ...
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Generalization of a rule to N arguments

I am trying to apply a series expansion on a function x[t1,t2,...tn], with an expansion parameter a. For ...
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solve ODE with divergencies

The solutions of the second order differential equation $$\frac{1}{\eta}\frac{d}{d\eta}\left(\eta \frac{df}{d\eta}\right)+\left(1-\frac{s^2}{\eta^2}\right)f-f^3=0$$ is shown in Fig. 5.2 below, for ...
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Integration and Parallel Computing in Mathematica

In mathematica, how would I use parallel computing (or paralleltable) to compute the integrals of $x^2$, $x$, $3x$ from $x=0$ to $10$ just like in the first answer of http://superuser.com/questions/...
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The limit of a product to infinity

What is the difficulty with this question to Mathematica? Is it just a problem with Mathematica v.8.0 or all versions are in trouble with it? Or is something wrong with my input? ...
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Gram-Schmidt process with Hermite functions on [-1, 1]

Denote by $h_n$ the $n$-th Hermite function. $$ h_n(x) = \frac{(-1)^n }{\sqrt{2^n n! \sqrt{\pi}}} \mathrm{e}^{\frac{x^2}{2}} \frac{\mathrm{d}^n}{\mathrm{d} x^n} \mathrm{e}^{-x^2} $$ I am trying to ...
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Problem with Integrate

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Series expansion for small ratio of variables

I have a messy expression of variables that I would like to simplify under the assumption that certain ratios of the variables are small. For example, consider $\sqrt{x+y}\;$ expanded for small $\...
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Calculating volume between two surfaces of revolution

Once again, I'm very new to Mathematica and winging it as I go. I probably don't have the math education at this point to even justify buying it in the first place, but that's off topic. I wanted to ...
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Normal and Tangent of Acceleration in 3D

I am trying to find the normal and tangent of acceleration. I know the formula for the tangent of acceleration is $((Acceleration . Velocity)/(Velocity.Velocity))*Velocity$ and the normal of ...
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How to take the derivative w.r.t. an arbitrary function?

EDIT: The answer posted by @Jens works for built-in functions only. However I'm starting to wonder if this is related to my Mathematica install somehow. I have version 7. Here is an example in the ...
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How to integrate a function over a 3D planar polygon?

I am trying to integrate a function over a planar polygon in 3D. In 2D, this is fairly straightforward, using either answer from this question (I use the second answer). If we use an equilateral ...
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Keeping Integrate from making unnecessary assumptions

I would like to evaluate the integral $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \mathrm{d}x \, \exp\left(- a x^2 - x^4\right)$ for any real value of $a$. Mathematica 8.0.4 gives the following result: ...
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Multi-dimensional integral in the complex plane with poles and essential singularity

I've passed the last week searching a way to numerically integrate this multi-dimensional integral in the complex plane at the poles and avoiding the singularity at z=0: $$ \oint_{C}\oint_{C\ auound\ ...
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Mathematica 9 can't integrate this function but earlier versions could

Integrate[ ArcTan[x]/(1 + x) Log[(1 + x^2)/2], {x, -1, 1}] I used Mathematica 9.0.1 on Windows7 32bit, Mathematica 9 cannot compute this, but Mathematica 8 gives ...
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Create polygon using edge lengths and area

Four-sided convex land plots are usually denoted with edge lengths and area. How do I create a Polygon Object with these parameters in Mathematica ?
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Interpretation of output derivative expression [duplicate]

I am trying to write Mathematica file to find Div, Grad, Laplacian, etc. in coordinates ...
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finding poles of a function

Is there a command to find the poles of a function $f=f(z)$? example: let $$f(z) = \frac{1}{z^2-1}$$ then we know that the poles are at $z=\pm 1$ but is there a special command in mathematica to do ...
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Double Integral and Assumptions

I'm afraid this is going to be a really stupid question. Evaluating the following definite integral Integrate[Sqrt[1 - (x^2 + y^2)], {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}] ...
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Real integral evaluating as indeterminate

Mathematica evaluates the following integral as: ...