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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 can I calculate the perimeter of an equation-defined curve?

This is how the curve looks like: ...
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Weird plot with SphericalPlot3D

Taking the equation $x^2-y^2-z^2=1$ and using ContourPlot3D: ContourPlot3D[ x^2 - y^2 - z^2 == 1, {x, -3, 3}, {y, -3, 3}, {z, -3, 3}] Yields the proper image. ...
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Definite integral incorrectly giving a nonreal value

fixed in 10.1 (windows and Mac OS X) In Mathematica 10.0, when I enter N[Integrate[Sqrt[1+x^3],{x,-1,3}]] I get a nonreal value (i.e., the imaginary part is ...
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Probability: Calculating a multiple integral

Find the value of $P[\Pi_{i=1}^{10}X_i > C]$ for $C=2,5$, where $X_{10\times 1}$ is a random vector with $10$ dimensional Cauchy Distribution having location parameter $\mu_{10\times 1} = (1,1,\...
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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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Biot-Savart Law/Magnetostatics Solution

I am working on solving the Biot-Savart Law equation for the magnetic field around a charged ring of uniform current density. The expression that Mathematica gives is rather nasty, as expected. Notice ...
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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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Why does Mathematica say $\int_0^1\int_0^1\int_0^1\frac{1.0}{xyz}\,dz\,dy\,dx=0$?

Mathematica 9 says that $\int_0^1\int_0^1\int_0^1\frac{1.0}{xyz}\,dz\,dy\,dx=0$ and $\int_0^1\int_0^1\int_0^1\frac{1}{xyz}\,dz\,dy\,dx=0$. ...
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Double integral over a parallelogram

Problem: Evaluate the following double integral $$\int \!\!\! \int_D (14 x^2+61 xy+42 y^2)^{3} \, dxdy$$ where $D$ is a parallelogram between these four lines: $2x+7y=6$, $2x+7 y=-6$, $7x+6 y=6$ and ...
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How do I obtain the correct double limit?

The command Limit[(Sin[x^2] + Sin[y^2])/ (x - y) /. x -> 0, y -> 0] (* 0 *) I think that Mathematica finds the iterated limit instead of the double ...
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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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ReplaceAll[] and Limit[] don't give correct results for this expression under extreme variables [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients 1/x^2 + (3 + x)/(6 (1 - Exp[x] + x)) ——This is a ...
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Symbolic and numeric limit disagreeing on branch cut of ArcTan

Bug introduced after v8.0.4 and before v9.0.1, and persisting through v10.4.1. Investigating comments to my previous question lead me to the following problem: ...
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Make Sinc'[0] return 0 instead of Indeterminate

I want Sinc'[0] to return 0, but instead it returns Indeterminate. I've tried Unprotect[Sinc] Unprotect[Derivative] Derivative[1][Sinc][0] ^= 0 But it doesn't ...
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Strange result of parameter-dependent definite integral

Inspired by this question on Math.SE, I wanted to see what Mathematica could do with the integral $$ \int_0^{\pi}e^{k\cos t}\cos(k\sin t)\,dt. $$ Thus, I entered into Mathematica (tried on both 10.3 ...
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Strange bug: Product[1/(1-1/2^(n-1)),{n,2,Infinity}] = 0?

This infinite product is correct: Product[1/(1 - 1/2^n), {n, 1, Infinity}] (* 1/QPochhammer[1/2, 1/2] *) Numerical value of this result is not equal to zero <...
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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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Integrate and NIntegrate disagreeing over branch cut of Sqrt?

Bug introduced after v8.0.4 and before v9.0.1, and persisting through v10.4.1. In Mathematica 10.2 I'm trying to integrate this piecewise continuous function, but ...
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Curious solutions of x' = Sqrt(x), x(0)=4

Consider the solution of $x'=\sqrt{x}$, $x(0)=4$ using DSolve. ...
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Symbolic integration in real domain only ( assumptions and ComplexExpand don't work)

Integrate[m^2/((x - m^2)^2 + y^2), m] mathematica gives me a complex-valued reuslt, but maple 17 gives me what I want. I tried using assumptions, but it doesn't ...
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Limit not evaluating

Why is the input Limit[IntegerPart[Sin[x]/x], x -> 0] not being evaluated?
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Is there any automatic differentiation package?

I'm wondering if an automatic differentiation package exists for Mathematica. This is what I mean by automatic differentiation.
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LogisticSigmoid residue bug?

Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 10.2.0 On version 10.0 for arm: Residue[LogisticSigmoid[z],{z,I Pi}] gives 0 not 1. ...
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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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Strange kernel segmentation fault in Integrate

Bug introduced in 8.0 or earlier and persisting through 10.4 Define tointegrate = D[V[y1[t], y2[t]], y2[t]] D[V[y1[t], y2[t]], {y1[t], 2}] and try to find its ...
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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 (x+3)}...
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Region bounded by x^2+y^2=1, y=z, x=0, z=0, in first octant

I need to draw (pencil and paper) the region bounded by $x^2+y^2=1$, $y=z$, $x=0$, and $z=0$ in the first octant. So the first assistance I asked of Mathematica is: ...
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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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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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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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Sets and sums of different elements

Consider the set S={w,x,y,z}. If the set of all possible sums of any three different elements from S is {-1,3,5,8}, then what is the set S? How could I solve this function using Mathematica?
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How to find a tangent line with 2 points of tangency for a curve?

Say I have a function like this: f[x_] := 4 x^4 - 9 x^3 - x^2 + 10; Plot[f[x], {x, -1, 2}] It's obvious that there's a tangent line with 2 points of tangency ...
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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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Any way I can evaluate this integral?

So, Mathematica can't evaluate it. Any workaround? $$\int_0^\pi \frac{\mathrm{d}\theta}{\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)^\beta + 1}$$ The code is: ...
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How much time should one give Mathematica for an integral evaluation?

Sometimes when I do integrals in Mathematica (M), it keeps thinking and thinking and I have no idea what is going on inside M. For how long should one wait or how does one know whether M has not got ...
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Need help with the Lagrange multiplier method

Well I am new to Mathematica and got really stuck solving this problem. In class, I was ask to use the Lagrange multiplier method to find the maximum and minimum value of $f(x,y) = x^2+y^2$ which ...
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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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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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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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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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Limit of a real function

Evaluating Limit[2^x Log[x], x -> 0, Direction -> -1] (right limit) gives correctly the answer -∞ but the ...
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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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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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Why is RegionMeasure so slow when calculating intersection area of a 2D and a 3D object?

If you think this description is too long, you can read the problem directly I know normally when one wants to calculate an region, this guide is useful. However, when it comes to calculating an ...
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How to compute the residue of $e^{z-\frac{1}{z}}$ at z=0?

I've tried the following but it didn't work: Residue[Exp[z - 1/z], {z, 0}] not even this: Residue[Exp[1/z], {z, 0}] ...
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Old fashioned region method?

Just stumbled across this idea in http://users.rowan.edu/~hassen/Mathematica/Volume%20III/Chapter%2015.pdf. ...
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Integrate yielding a ConditionalExpression but I don't think the condition is necessary

Suppose I take the PDF of the LogNormal distribution with parameters m and s evaluated at x. I obviously get an expression involving m. I now want to integrate that expression not with respect to x ...