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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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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Integrate returns unexpected result

Consider the following function $$g(x,y):= \frac{1}{( (1+y)^2+x^2 )( 1+ax^2y^2 )^2}$$, where I assume that $y\geq 0$ and $a\in (0,1]$ is a parameter. When I try to evaluate the integral $\int ...
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Mismatch between numerical and analytic evaluation of an integral

I evaluated the following integral $$\int_0^1 \sqrt{r} \left | \cos \left(\left(k+\frac{1}{2}\right) \pi r\right)\right | dr$$ ...
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Solve ODE $d^2u/dx^2 + u/A = 0$

How can I solve following ODE with Mathematical: $$d^2u/dx^2 + u/A = 0 \quad (\text{or } \ C),$$ with the conditions: $$ \left.\frac{d^2u}{dx^2}\right|_{x=0} = 0, $$ $$u(x=0) = B$$ and ...
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Integrating a periodic function

I have a periodic function ff: ff := Function[x, Piecewise[{{ff[x - 1], x >= 1}, {2 x, 0 <= x < 1}, {ff[x + 1], x < 0}}]] Plotting it works fine: ...
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Integral with unreliable result

I want to calculate $\int_R^1 \sqrt{r} |\cos((k+\frac{1}{2})\pi r)|dr $ and I get a result from Mathematica. Then I try to check the result putting the value of $k$ and $R$, (k=1 and R=0.5) in the ...
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a mysterious error in multiple symbolical integration

I am trying to do the following integration: ...
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Symbolic matrix calculus: What's new in Version 9

I have seen some of the related posts, which ask about doing matrix calculation on tensors unknown dimensions. One of the posts mentioned that version 9 has some capability, but it was concerned about ...
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Check for holomorphy of a function

Given a (rather complicated) function H(z), what is the best approach to check symbolically whether it is holomorphic? What I tried is checking explicitly the ...
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Expanding derivatives of hypergeometric functions

Sometimes Mathematica expresses results of integration or summation in terms of symbolic derivatives of Hypergeometric2F1 function, and cannot further simplify ...
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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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Finding a root of a parameterized integral

I have a function given as a parameterized definite integral: f[a_] := Integrate[BesselJ[0, x - a] BesselJ[0, x + a], {x, -∞, ∞}] I suspect it has a root near ...
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A problem with “RiccatiSolve::ncsol: Cannot compute a stabilizing solution to the matrix equation ”

I have a SSM ( State Space Model ) and I want to calculate its optimum gains unisng LQOutputRegulatorGains[] command. When I run the code, it solves the equations ...
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Integral over geometric region [duplicate]

I'd like to calculate this integral $$ \int_E y\ dydz $$ where $E = \{ (x,y,z) \in R^3 : z^2+6 < y^2 < 5z \}$ By hand i've got $\frac{1}{12}$ but i'm not sure, and i'd like to verify this ...
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Implicitly differentiate an equation, then solve the resulting equation

Suppose I have an extremely tedious equation to differentiate and want mathematica to help do the differentiation and solve. Consider a less tedious equation: $$y (x,z) = sin \left(\frac{1}{x} ...
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Complex Convolution

I am attempting to integrate a convolution variable using the following code. However, the program is taking too long to complete the integration. Does anybody have any coding tips that may make ...
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Defining a function that differentiates another function with rule replacement

This question is related to the question I posted here. In that question, I thought I have simplified my original problem into an equivalent concise version, but I found that it is not. So I decided ...
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Finding the maximum of a gradient vector

Im trying to find the maximum of my gradient vector G[x,y], I've tried several options including FindMaximumValue, FindMaximum etc. but i couldn't find it. The full function is shown below, any help ...
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Forcing an integral to be solved in separate terms

Using Mathematica I want to solve an integral over a function that contains both determined and undetermined parts which looks like this: ...
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Finding Expectation of function of a Log-normal distribution

Say $Y=g(X)$ and $p_X = \frac{e^{-\frac{(\mu -\log (x))^2}{2 \sigma ^2}}}{\sqrt{2 \pi } x \sigma }$ is Log-normal density function: [Wiki] Find E[Y]? Since $E[Y] = \int_0^\infty y f_Y \ dy = ...
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Gateaux (directional) derivatives and higher order differentials of a functional

I would like to calculate the Gateaux derivative of a functional (i.e. a function depending on functions). A simple example for the Dirichlet functional: $L(u(x))=\int_0^1 \frac{1}{2} (u'(x))^2 dx$ ...
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Generate conditions seems to not work [closed]

I am trying to compute the following integral Integrate[E^(I*k*Omega*t), {t,0,T}, GenerateConditions->True] for which Mathematica returns ...
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Integrate and NIntegrate yield different results for double integral

Evaluating a double integral with bivariate normal distribution yileds widely different results depending on the method used. I define a bivariate normal distribution with ${10, 3}$ and ${8, 1.5}$ as ...
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Answer when integrating by partial fractions

Evaluating $$\int \frac{x^2-x+5}{(x-2) (x-1) (x+3)} \, dx$$ Version 9.0.1 gives the following answer $$\frac{1}{4} (-5) \log (1-x)+\frac{7}{5} \log (2-x)+\frac{17}{20} \log (x+3)$$ It seems to ...
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Function given exact arguments returns hugely different value than it returns when given equivalent inexact arguments

I was trying to compute the probability that a coin is from a particular underlying distribution given that a particular set of tosses was observed. (I know this can be done in a different way, but I ...
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Compute Triple Integral on spherical coords

I need to compute: $\int \int \int z dxdydz$ over the domain: $\{x^2+y^2+z^2\leqslant 16,z\geqslant 0\}$ Im trying to use spherical coords as: $$\int_{0}^{2\pi} \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} ...
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Second derivative implicit differentiation using Wolfram Alpha input?

How would you perform second derivative implicit differentiation using Wolfram Alpha input? The reason that I'm using WA input is that it gives you step-by-step solutions and I'm a first year ...
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Using Mathematica to find Derivatives

I am given a system first order differential equations: $x'=y$ and $y'=6x^2-a/2$, where $a$ is a constant and $'$ denotes $t$-derivatives. I then make the substitution $(x,y)=(x_1y_1,y_1)$. This ...
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Using Mathematica to find a Derivative

I am given a system first order differential equations: $x'=y$ and $y'=6x^2-a/2$, where $a$ is a constant and $'$ denotes $t$-derivatives. I then make the substitution $(x,y)=(x_1y_1,y_1)$. This ...
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Finding maximum or minimum of implicit functions

is there any built in function that can be used to find maximum or minimum of implicit functions? For example, if we have the equation $$x^2 + y^2 = (2 x^2 + 2 y^2 - x)^2,$$ then we can visualize the ...
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Integrating a function forcing parameters to be real and positive

I'd like to integrate the function $f(x)=x^{a-1}e^{-b x}$ over the interval $[0,\infty)$. f[x_] := x^(a - 1)*Exp[-b*x] Then: ...
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Computing integrals with differential operator

I've to compute this expression $$ \hat{H} = \frac{1}{4}g_2\int d^3R\int d^3r\ \bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}+\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}-\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\left[ \delta(\vec{r})\nabla_{\vec{r}}^2 ...
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Finding integral bounds

i have this integral shown below is equal to 1, and i need to find "a" on mathematica, but I'm not sure how. integral (from 0 to a) sqrt((-50.8938 sin(8.4823 t))^2+(4-11.3097 sin(11.3097 t))^2) dt = ...
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Marking specific points on a 3D curve

Here is the curve below. (written as a position vector) r = {Cos[7 Pi*t], Cos[6.2*Pi*t], 2.5*t} ParametricPlot3D[r, {t, 0, 2}] I want to know how I can mark ...
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Is this function convex?

How can I determine convexity of the function f = Log[ x, 1 + (x^a - 1) (x^b - 1)/(x - 1)] with the parameters $a,\,b$ belonging to the interval $(0,1)$ in ...
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How to make Mathematica use the chain rule?

Lets say I have the following PDE: $$x^2 u_{xx} - u_{yy} + u_y = 0$$ And I have the following change of variables: $$ s(x,y) = x e^y \, \, \, , \, \, t(x,y) = x e^{-y}$$ How can I use Mathematica ...
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Help with Computation-heavy triple integration

I'm Trying to use Mathematica to symbolically integrate a function with respect to x, y, and z. For some reason, this computation either takes about, 60s and returns the input, or takes many hours ...
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Help wanted in evaluating an integral

Trying to evaluate an integral. To be specific, I'm trying to find the expectation value of $x^2$ for the ground state of hydrogen. Here is the code I used: ...
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Derivative of the composition of two functions

Background, this seems to work (This is manually transcribed from the program, beware of errors): J1[f_, i_] := DifferenceDelta[f[i], i]^2 D[J1[f + t v, i], t] ...
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Working with abstract vectors

I often need to compute derivatives or integrals involving N-dimensional vectors (where the dimension could be equal to 2 or 3 but is not particularly relevant for the sake of the derivation). The ...
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How to calculate an improper integral

How can I find the range of the parameter a such that the improper integral Integrate[(x^(a - 1))/(1 + x), {x, 0, ∞}] ...
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Why is this infinite series wrongly computed by Mathematica?

Could you let me know if Mathematica (newer versions) is able to correctly compute this one? Sum[(-1)^(n + 1) Cos[3^n x]^3/3^n, {n, 1, Infinity}]
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Integration of linked PDFs over probability simplex

I'm trying to integrate the following expression: f[a1,p1+p2+p3+p4]*f[a2,p2+p3+p4]*f[a3,p3+p4]*f[a4,p4] Where ...
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Numerical vs Symbolic Integration: Loss of precision

I am trying to integrate the following expression over the time interval $0\leq t \leq \text{period}$. ...
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How to calculate this integral?

I am trying to Integrate the following Integral : $\int_1^{\infty } \dfrac{\left(x^2-1\right)^{13/2} e^{-ax} }{x^{10}} \, dx \,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,(a=\textrm{real>0})$ Mathematica didn't ...
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How to compute this triple integral? [closed]

In Mathematica how can I compute this integral:$$ \iiint_{D}\sqrt{(1-9z^2)(1-4y^2-9z^2)}\,dx\,dy\,dz$$ where D is the domain: $$D: x^2 +4y^2+9z^2\le1$$ Please I need help!!!
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Negative probability?

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 and fixed in 10.0.2 I am trying to get the sum of the squares of seven random variables, all uniformly distributed. This is what I tried. ...
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Integration of UnitStep or HeavisideTheta

I am using Mathematica 9. If I evaluate Integrate[Piecewise[{{1 - r, r > 0 && r < R}}, 0], r] then I get ...
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Numeric mixed derivatives

In short I need NumericCalculus`ND extended to mixed partial derivatives. This can be done by nesting them, but care has to be taken to evaluate underling ND only when the parameters become numeric. ...