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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Is there a more idiomatic way to solve this implicit differentiation problem?

Here's an exercise from a calculus text by Larson and Edwards: Find the rate of change of the distance between the origin and a moving point on the graph of $y = x^2 + 1$ if $dx/dt = 2$ ...
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Derivatives of list elements

Could someone explain the odd behavior of the Derivative function when drawing arguments from lists? We have, ...
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Plot derivative of integral with changing limits [duplicate]

My code is: Plot[D[Integrate[E^(t*(-x^2)),{x,t+2,t^2}],t],{t,-2,3}]. The errors/warnings are: ...
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Why does Mathematica give an incorrect answer to this multiple integral?

This is not a new problem but I would like to understand why Mathematica gives the result that it does. (Volume of a hypersphere) ...
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Simple Question: Derivative of a path

I have a path V[t_]:={3t^2,2,6t}, and I define F[t_]:=V[t]/Norm[V[t]]. I simply want the derivative of ...
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Laurent series expansion

Can someone share how to find a Laurent series expansion of $$f(z)=\frac{1}{(z^2-1)(z^2-4)}$$ centered at zero on the annular disk $1<|z|<2$?
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How do I evaluate a double or triple integral over a region?

Say I need to evaluate the integral $\iiint_W f(x,y,z) dx dy dz$ and $W$ is a region given to me like $W = \{ (x,y,z) : 1 \leq x^2 + y^2 \leq 4, 1 \leq z \leq 5\}$. I don't how to do this with a ...
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Why does Integrate return a solution that is not defined at a particular point when it actually is well defined at that point?

I am trying to compute Integrate[Sqrt[x^4 + (y - y^2)^2], {x, 0, y}] Mathematica 8 gives ...
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integrating slightly complicated expression which includes Abs

I have been waiting for Mathematica to give me something for the following integral, errors welcome, but it has been "running" for almost 30 minutes now. ...
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Mathematica cannot calculate a limit

When I evaluate Limit[E^(-n)*Sum[n^k/(k!),{k,0,n}], n -> ∞] Mathematica gives me the result ...
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Getting poles of a Gamma functions [duplicate]

Why do the following 2 sequences give different answers? n = 1.5 Series[Gamma[0.5 - n - x], {x, 0, 2}] Series[Gamma[-1 - x], {x, 0, 2}] (..clearly the output from the second expression is ...
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Strange result from evaluating a Limit expression

When I evaluate the limit of (1-Cos[x]) Sin[1/x] at x = 0 in Mathematica 9, I obtained ...
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Why does Integrate declare a convergent integral divergent?

When I try this command Integrate[1/Sqrt[(s^2 - u)^2 - 1], {s, m, Infinity}, Assumptions -> u > 2 && m > 10] Mathematica declares that the ...
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Implicit differentiation to find the slope of the tangent line to the graph at the indicated point [duplicate]

I used ContourPlot to plot the graph of x Sin[Pi y] - y Cos[Pi x] == 1 with the following input: ...
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Limit of a subsequence

I am trying to calculate limit for a subsequence <${ a }_{ {n }^{ 2} }$> because I was trying to see that limits of sequences and subsequences are both same. I was able to generate the sum for ...
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How do I represent a system dynamics feedback loop?

In System Dynamics, if I want represent the relationship between Speed and Distances, I create a Flow (Speed) and a Stock (Distance) as you can see in this Insight Maker Sample . Heres an Image of how ...
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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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How to evaluate an integral

I am trying to evaluate this integral Integrate[(kx^2/2)*Sin[\[Lambda]x], x] from -pi/2(lamda) to pi/2(lamda) Everything there is a constant, and the only ...
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Computing the minimum distance in a contour plot

I have the following Mathematica code ...
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Numerical partial derivative

For a one-variable numerical function, it's simple to calculate the derivative at a point with Derivative as Szabolcs has pointed out before: ...
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Sum and NSum gives different solutions

I'm working on a Mathematica lab for Calc. 2, and I ran into a problem last night. I was trying to calculate the midpoint approximation of the definite integral of ...
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Manipulate fails with f[x]=x^k/(1+x^k)

I have this code: Clear[f] f = Function[x, x^k/(1 + x^k)]; Manipulate[Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 5}], {k, 1, 10}] But nothing draws as I move the slider. Am I missing ...
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Solve f'[x]==0 for x

I tried the following: f[x_] := x^n/(k + x^(2 n)); Solve[f'[x] == 0, x] But I got the following response: Solve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the ...
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Using Mathematica to find poles of Gamma functions

I am concerned about the expression on the RHS of equation A.5 (page 19) in this paper: $$\int\frac{d^d ...
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Find closed form expression for series expansion coefficients [duplicate]

Is there a built-in function that will find a general expression for the coefficient of the series expansion of a function? Series will only give the explicit ...
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Integrating polynomial functions over polytopes with an add-on package

There is a Mathematica package to evaluate integrals over polytopes: http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Books/3652/ In the documentation (Functions.nb file) I ...
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Finding Limits in several variables

Is there a way to find a limit of a multivariable function, like $$\lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)} f(x,y)$$ with Mathematica? When $f$ is continuous, we can use $$\lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)} ...
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Volterra integral equation : 'literally match the independent variables' message

I want to solve an Volterra type Integral equation, and as a practice I entered the following code to my mathematica: ...
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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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Multiple assumptions in integral

I want to add two assumptions, so I can get this probability density function to equal 1, though I can't get a solution. ...
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NumericQ prevents evaluation at a numerical value sometimes

I set up a symbolic integral, to be evaluated only when some of the symbols have been replaced by numbers. The evaluation after assigning numbers to the symbols is still symbolic for some reason. The ...
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Integrate[(1 + x/n)^n*Exp[-x], {x, 0, Infinity}]

I evaluated Integrate[(1 + x/n)^n*Exp[-x], {x, 0, Infinity}] . thinking the answer should be approximately $\sqrt{\pi n/2}$. Mathematica gave me ...
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Integration gives ComplexInfinity when it shouldn't

A simple example of my problem is that Assuming[k ∈ Reals, Integrate[Exp[l]/((1 + Exp[l])*Exp[k*l]), l]] /. {k -> 2} gives ...
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Version 8.0 integrates but Version 9.0.1 doesn't

I am trying to run the following integral in version 9.0, but it fails: ...
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Inconsistent results from equivalent integrals

Why is Mathematica returning different values for these two integrals: I am just being introduced to complex integration, so it's possible that I have a misunderstanding of how this works, but in ...
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Plot a 2D vector path onto a surface

In my calculus 3 course, we're studying gradients and have a project that takes a combination of 3D Gaussian radial surfaces and a basic parametric path $r(t) = \{x(t),y(t)\}$ to see how the gradient ...
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Differentiating space curves

I'm trying to do some very basic differential geometry of space curves. For example, a space curve $\gamma:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R^3$ has unit tangent and normal vectors given by ...
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Why is the output of my limit expression an interval?

Why is the output of the limit below an interval? It should be precisely $1$. ...
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Definite Integral over a path

What does Integrate[f[z], {z, a, b, c, d}] exactly calculate? Is it $$\int_a^b f(z)\, \mathrm{d}z +\int_b^c f(z)\, \mathrm{d}z +\int_{c}^d f(z)\, \mathrm{d}z ...
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Integrate function without specifying limits of integration

I've been having trouble to make mathematica evaluate an integral without specifying the values of the limits of integration. I mean, if I write ...
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No output for N[Limit[Integrate[Sin[x]^n/(Sin[x]^n + Cos[x]^n), {x, 0, Pi/2}], n -> Infinity]]

Is my input below correct? I've received no response from Mathematica. N[Limit[Integrate[Sin[x]^n/(Sin[x]^n + Cos[x]^n), {x, 0, Pi/2}], n -> Infinity]] Thank ...
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3N-dimensional integral

I'm trying to compute a multidimensional integral with a variable number of dimensions. The integral is as follows: $$ \int d^{3N}\!p~e^{-\frac{\beta}{2m}\vec p^2}. $$ I have tried this ...
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Help in coding of differential equations [closed]

I need some help with Mathematica. How can I do the following? Starting with f = y[0]^2 (y[0] is basically y with 0 subscript) ...
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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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Is there a way to teach integrate new solutions?

I have an integral which I can solve, but integrate cannot: ...
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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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Symbolic derivative of $n$-term product

I want to determine the relationship that must exist between the $x_i$ and $y_i$ such that $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial\theta} \prod_{i=1}^n \frac{f(x_i,\theta)}{f(y_i,\theta)} = 0, $$ where $$ ...
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Integration over region given by inequality [duplicate]

Sometimes we need to integrate over some bounded region given by inequality/inequalities. Consider the following simplest example of area of an ellipse (LaTeX code): $\int_S dx dy$, where $S = \{ ...
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Solving an equation for asymptotic dependence of the solution on a coefficient

I have an equation I want to solve, so I entered the following into Mathematica. (x^(17/6))/(a^(17/6)) - (x^2)/a -1 == 0 where I assume $a>>1$ and $x$ is ...