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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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 ...
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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 ...