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Bug in Integrate for Mathematica

Consider the following: ...
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Numerical contour integrations in the complex plane - contour deformation gives different answer for analytic kernel

I am trying to do a contour integration in Mathematica numerically. In particular, I'm checking the identity: $$ H_m^{(1)}(z) =\frac{i^{-m}}{\pi}\int_{-\pi/2 + i \infty}^{\pi/2 - i \infty} \exp[i m ...
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Integral with HeavisideTheta takes too long to evaluate

I tried to compute $$\int_{-1}^1 d x_1 \int_{-1}^1 d x_2 \int_{-1}^1 d y_1 \int_{-1}^1 d y_2 \theta(x_1 x_2 + y_1 y_2)\,$$ where $\theta$ is Heaviside's step function, by using ...
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How to plot and find the volume of a solid?

How to plot and find the volume of the solid enclosed between the paraboloid z=5(x^2+y^2) and z=6-7x^2-y^2 And the answer of ...
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Trying to prove that $x\sin(\frac{\pi}{x})\ge\pi \cos(\frac{\pi}{x})$ for $x\ge 1$

Consider the function f[x_] := x Sin[Pi/x] I want to prove that this function is increasing for $x\ge 1$. This can be done with the first derivative. We have to ...
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Generating a polynomial that's accurate to within an error of no more than 1/10^5

I'm currently stuck on a question for class that asks... "Find a polynomial p[x] that you can use to calculate 6 ArcTan[x] to ...
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Negative integral of a positive function

fixed in 10.1 (windows) For a parameter $t\in (0,1)$ $Assumptions = t ∈ Reals && t > 0 && t < 1 I define an obviously positive function ...
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Simplifying the derivative of $|x|$

Context In[855]:= D[Abs[x], x] /. x -> 1 Out[855]= Derivative[1][Abs][1] In[856]:= D[x, x] /. x -> 1 Out[856]= 1 Question Why is ...
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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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Simple ways to evaluate a derivative at a point?

The contrast in behavior between, say, f[x_] = Sin[x^2]; f'[2] vs. u[x_, y_] = Cos[x + y^2]; has always bothered my ...
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How to change coordinates of integration?

Is there some built-in routine, some easier method to change variables of integration, without/before solving the integral? Say I have ...
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Integral of the Sinc product

Let as consider the following integral $$ B_n = \int_0^\infty \prod_{k=1,3,5,\dots}^n\frac{\sin (x/k)}{x/k}dx $$ By definition, Sinc[x]=Sin[x]/x therefore ...
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How to simplify the integration result of the following program?

In the following program, the fec[x] is a function depending on $x$ while q3[t] and q5[t] ...
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How to find the smallest root

I have a continuous, differentiable, monotonic, bounded function called F[t]. If t -> Infinity then ...
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Getting an InterpolatingFunction from a ContourPlot

I have a function, say minimizeme[Ω_][β_][ϵ_] = ϵ^2 Ω - Log[2 (Cosh[2 β] + Cosh[2 β ϵ])]/(2 β); I want to find its critical points in $\epsilon$ for a given ...
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Find asymptotics of Sum[2^i*Binomial[n-i-1,2*n/3-1],{i,0,n/3}]

I have an expression 2^n / Sum[ 2^i Binomial[ n - i - 1, 2n/3 - 1], { i, 0, n/3}] ...
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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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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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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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Integration with vector coefficients

I asked this same question in Mathematics, and it was suggested I might try here. I'm more comfortable with Maple, but if I can get Mathematica to do what I'm after, so much the better. Basically ...
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Inconsistent results for Integrate depending on irrelevant assumptions

I stumbled across this amusing issue today when doing some definite integrals: ...
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Differentiate the product of some terms

How can I compute the following derivative, $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial \lambda_j} \prod_{i=1}^k (1+\lambda_i)e^{\lambda_i} \quad \text{for }\; 1\le j \le k $$ for some positive integer $k$ which is ...
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Finding simplifying substitutions for an integral involving limits and integrand

[The following is based on a William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition problem.] Consider the definite integral: $I = \int\limits_2^4 \frac{\sqrt{\log (9-x)}}{\sqrt{\log (9-x)}+\sqrt{\log ...
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Find function inverse

I'm trying to find the inverse of a function: (30*x^2 (1 - x)^2) (* where 0<x<1 *) I tried all the following options: 1. ...
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How to calculate this sum?

I want to find the sum $$S=f\left(\dfrac{1}{2012} \right) +f\left(\dfrac{2}{2012} \right) +\cdots + f\left(\dfrac{2011}{2012} \right), $$ where $$f(x) = \dfrac{4^x}{4^x + 2}.$$ I tried ...
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Where did I go wrong with my implementation of the trapezoidal rule?

One method for doing quadrature, called the trapezoidal rule, improves accuracy by connecting the points on the curve corresponding to the points of subdivision with line segments, forming trapezoidal ...
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How to expand a function into a power series with negative powers?

Is there any way to expand this expression a+b(1-Exp[-T/(b c)]/(z-Exp[-T/ (b c)]) (where a, ...
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Quick Hessian matrix and gradient calculation?

I am absolutely new to Mathematica and I actually want to try implementing a little optimization method . Long story short assuming I have a predefined two-variable function f(x,y) I want to ...
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Force integration to be linear over sum?

Is there an obvious way to force Mathematica to separately integrate the terms in a sum? According to the docs, When part of a sum cannot be integrated explicitly, the whole sum will stay ...
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What is the mathematical meaning behind D[f]?

y = a + b x; I can understand this output of the ordinary differentiation of y w.r.t. x ...
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Check homework integration in Mathematica

Given in my homework I have to compute (by hand) $$\iint\limits_{x^2+y^2\leq 1}(x^2+y^2)\,\mathrm dx\,\,\mathrm dy.$$ My solution so far: Let $f(x,y)=x^2+y^2$ and $K=\{(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2:x^2+y^2\leq ...
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How to code around known MMa special-case failures?

Fourier Analysis and Signal Processing often require these integrals on functions f[x] that won't be known in advance. ...
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How to solve this probability symbolically or numerically?

I am trying to calculate the following probability $$\mathbb{P} \big(\sum_{i=1}^{m} (A_i + S_i) \le L < \sum_{i=1}^{m+1} (A_i + S_i) \big)$$ where, $$A_i \sim \exp(\lambda), \quad S_i \sim ...
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Can't compute definite integral

Consider a scalar field (in polar co-ordinates), $f(r) = l-r$. Now I want to evaluate the field integral over a circular region of radius $b$, centered at a distance of $x$ from the origin. According ...
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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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Is there a built-in function which detects singularities in a function?

Given a function f[x] and a region M in the complex x-plane, how can I find singularities of f in this region, i.e., issue a ...
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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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Is it possible to find a function from first few terms in the expansion

Is it possible to find a function if first few terms of the expansion is known. For example if I have this series $f(x)=\frac{k^3 x^2}{6}-\frac{k^5 x^4}{120}+\frac{k^7 x^6}{5040}-\frac{k^9 ...
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Incorrect evaluation of integral involving a DiracDelta, whose argument has infinitely many zeros

Let's say $X>0$ is a random variable with probability density $p_X(x)={\rm e}^{-x}$. Define the random variable $Y=\sin(X)$. From the transformation theorem for probabilities we know that its ...
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Is it possible to circumvent a bug inside SeriesCoefficient?

As far as I can tell, there seems to be a bug in SeriesCoefficient: ...
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Integral of x^p

Can anyone explain why Mathematica does not return a conditional expression that handles the case of p=-1 for Integrate[x^p,x]? ...
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Conditional Expectation — How can Mathematica find a more general closed form?

Mathematica can't find a solution to this Expectation. ...
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Fundamental Theorem of Calculus for definite integrals… assume continuity?

So here's the problem: I can evaluate the indefinite integral: Integrate[D[u[x], x], x] u[x] However, I'd like to ...
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Problem overloading D[] using UpValues

First I define an entry of UpValues overloading D[] for expressions with head ftest: ...
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Suspected bug in Integrate

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.2 or later In version 10.0: ...
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Incorrect evaluation for Thue-Morse signed harmonic series

I would like to evaluate $$s = 1 - \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} - \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{7}-\frac{1}{8} - ... + \frac{(-1)^{\textrm{binary digit sum}(n-1)}}{n} + ... $$ where ...
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How to find the sum all even numbers of this sequence?

I have a sequence $(u_{n})$ $$u_1= 1, \quad u_2 = 2, \quad u_3 = 3, \quad u_{n}= -u_{n-3} + 3u _{n-2} +2 u_{n-1}, \quad \forall n \geqslant 4.$$ I want to list the first $20$ terms of this sequence ...
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Paths integrals in the complex plane

I can't find how to calculate path integrals of complex functions in the complex plane. For example: $$\oint_{\mid z \mid =2}\frac{1-e^z+z}{z^3 (z-1)^2}dz$$
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Using implicit differentiation to find a line that is tangent to a curve at a point

A few days ago I asked about using differentiation to find a line that is tangent to a curve at a given point. J.M. provided a very elegant way to solve these kinds of problems in Mathematica. Now ...
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How to force Dt[ ] to recognize dependencies

I want to differentiate a function f[] for which I don't have a specific expression. f[] depends on ...