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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 ...
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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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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 need to figure out how 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 ...
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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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Non-Solvable PDE?

I would like to know whether this PDE is solvable and if yes, for which values of $a$. ...
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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: ...
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Finding normals to a curve through a given point

I want to find x on curve $y(x)$, where curve $y(x)$ is perpendicular to point $(x_0,y_0)$. for this I minimize the distance between points $(x,y(x))$ and $(x_0,y_0)$, here's an example for point ...
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Can I take derivative of a function that represents a piece of music?

Can I take the derivative of a function that represents a piece of music? The music is given in .mp3, .midi or whatever comes in handy.
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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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Verifying integration by parts of an arbitrary function [duplicate]

Suppose that I have an arbitrary differentiable function $G$ which depends on $s$: $G(s)$. Now suppose that I want to do the following integral: $$\int ds \;\; s \frac{\partial G(s)}{\partial s}.$$ ...
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Derivative inside a function

I am trying a problem that should be simple: to create a function that contains a derivative. I need to do a more complex example, but even with the simplest I'm having trouble: Let's consider ...
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Cauchy principal value integral of a list of numbers. How?

I have a list of numbers that are numerical samples of a function for which I need to find the Cauchy principal value integral. I thought I should be able to combine Interpolation with Integrate to do ...
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Is it possible to find a limit of a sequence given by its recurrence relation?

I need to calculate a limit of a sequence given by its recurrence relation. I tried the following: ...
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What kind of hypergeometric function is it?

I found a formula for an integral of a product of three Bessel functions at The Wolfram Functions Site: I cannot understand what kind of hypergeometric function it is. The Mathematica code given ...
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Evaluating double Integral

While trying to evaluate the integral $\int_{y=0}^{x_2}\int_{x=0}^{min(x_1,y)} n (n - 1) (1 - y)^{(n - 2)}dxdy $ , Mathematica does not seem to yield any results. ...
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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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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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Integration of a rational function

I am trying to solve the following rational integral (I got assistance here): $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{a+x}{b^2 + (a+x)^2}\frac{1}{1+c(a-x)^2}}dx$$ where $\{a, b, c\}\in \mathbb{R}$. I would ...
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Is this result wrong because of calculation time? (and more questions about Assumptions)

I am confused with the Integrate Given by Mathematica. First let's see a one-dimensional case: ...
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Integrate of Heaviside Function returns an error answer

I try to evaluate an Integral of a Heaviside function, but it turns out with an erroneous output(zero). Here is my integral: ...
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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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How to calculate this integral? Integrate[BesselJ[0, x - BesselJZero[0, 1]]/x, {x, -Infinity, Infinity}]

I tried to calculate the following integral, but it returned unevaluated. ...
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How do I get a general form for n-th derivative of a function? [duplicate]

I tried the following but it basically returns unevaluated: ...
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Strange behavior of Integrate

I'm trying to calculate the following integral using Mathematica 9.0.1.0 a11=Integrate[Abs[Sin[b+x]],{x,0,2*\[Pi]}] This should be a simple problem; however, it ...
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how to reduce the time to calculate triple integral

i want to evaluate the following integral, but it takes 15 min to do it. i must reduce the time to calculate it, i have to do a table and create a graph, but takes too long. anyone have an idea ? ...
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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 ...