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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Speeding up trigonometric integral

Context On a possible non trivial toric topology for the Universe (nothing less!). Problem I would like to carry out the following integral for $\ell=2,4\cdots 20$. $$\int _0^{\pi }\int _0^{2 \pi ...
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How to find all roots and maxima and minima and graph them

I need to find all the roots of this function. I know it is simple to find by hand, however, I wish to learn how to do it so I can apply it later. The problem is that it only gives me one root. ...
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Can we teach Mathematica about functional differentiation?

The key relation for functional differentiation is $$\frac{\delta}{\delta f(y)}f(x)=\delta(x-y), $$ where $\delta(x-y)$ is the Dirac delta function, and the usual properties of differentiation (e.g. ...
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Integral with HeavisideTheta takes too long to evaluate

I tried to compute $$\int_{-1}^1 d x_1 \int_{-1}^1 d x_2 \int_{-1}^1 d y_1 \int_{-1}^1 d y_2 \theta(x_1 x_2 + y_1 y_2)\,$$ where $\theta$ is Heaviside's step function, by using ...
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How can I differentiate Numerically?

Mathematica has two ways to integrate: Integrate and NIntegrate. But what about D? ...
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How to expand terms within an integral? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why aren’t these additions of integrals and summations equal? I am trying to expand all the terms in a sum in order to apply assignment rules later, but can't figure out ...
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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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Problem overloading D[] using UpValues

First I define an entry of UpValues overloading D[] for expressions with head ftest: ...
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Calculating the mean curvature of a surface - suggestions

I am attempting to calculate the mean curvature [1, 2] of a surface defined by a function of x and y. My function is rather ...
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About generating power series

For an arbitrary function $f(x,y)$ I am defining functions LogMT1 and LogMT2 as follows, ...
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Symbolic Integration along contour: branch cut problem?

Context Following this question on path integrals in the complex plane, having defined again a numerical and symbolic integrator along a path as ...
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Dual complex integral over implicit path using contour plot

Context I am interested in doing double contour integral over paths which are defined implicitely. For the sake of debugging, let's assume its $$\oint_{\cal C}\oint_{\cal C} \frac{1}{u\, x} d u d x$$ ...
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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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Finding residues of multi-dimensional complex functions

Say I have a function $f$ of $n$ complex variables, $\{ z_i \}_{i=1}^{i=Nc}$. And then I want to contour integrate the expression such that for each $z_i$ its an integration on an unit circle about ...
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Plot showing discontinuity where it shouldn't

I was trying to integrate a continuous function with a kink and I did it two ways and both ways the plot of the result shows a discontinuity. I also later want to differentiate the Integrated ...
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About high dimensional integrals

I want to be able to do high dimensional integrals like, (..naively I wrote it as this..) ...
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Proving a recurrence in Mathematica

I have $$j_n=\int_0^1 x^{2n} \sin(\pi x)dx.$$ How do I show that $$j_{n+1}= \frac{1}{\pi^2}(\pi- (2n+1)(2n+2)j_n)\, ?$$ I keep getting a recurring integration by parts and I can't simplify it. ...
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Numerical-Symbolical Integration (Calculus)

I created a simple numeric-symbolic integration. Here you can use symbolical and numerical techniques at the same time. You can also interpolate numerical integrals. The problem with my function is ...
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One Integral — Two Results

I compared Mathematica's default integral evaluation to what you get by computing the indefinite integral and then plugging in the limits. (I did this because the latter approach was much faster for ...
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Define product derivative

How do I define the $n$th product derivative of a function in Mathematica? The first product derivative $f^\ast$ of a function $f$ is $$ f^\ast(x)=\exp\left(\frac{f^\prime(x)}{f(x)}\right) $$ The ...
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How to receive the result of the integral $ \int\frac{1}{x}dx$ is $\ln|x|$?

When I input \[Integral]1/x \[DifferentialD]x in Mathematica, I get Log[x]. How can I make the result of the integral ...
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What exactly does GenerateConditions do?

Consider for example this strange behavior: Integrate[1/x, {x, 0, Infinity}, GenerateConditions -> False] (*0*) I'd also like to know the difference between ...
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Integral with the derivative of Dirac delta does not evaluate correctly?

Integrate[DiracDelta'[y - z] DiracDelta[x - z], {z, -Infinity, Infinity}, Assumptions -> x \[Element] Reals && x \[Element] Reals]
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Differentiate the product of some terms

How can I compute the following derivative, $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial \lambda_j} \prod_{i=1}^k (1+\lambda_i)e^{\lambda_i} \quad \text{for }\; 1\le j \le k $$ for some positive integer $k$ which is ...
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Asymptotic Rate of Growth

How can I calculate the Asymptotic Rate of growth of a function, for instance like: $X^3 - X^2 - X -1$ EDIT: For instance, as you can see in this graph, after the 1200 the function approximates to ...
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Sum of series with log in each term [closed]

I was solving recurrence relation of Introduction to Algorithms by CLRS, 3rd. edition. Problem 4-3 (i) $$ T(n) = T(n-2) + \frac{1}{lg \; n} $$ I tried few ways, like expending with iteration method. ...
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How to define a derivative/Variation operation in Mathematica from scratch

I am looking for a method in Mathematica 8 to define my own derivative/variation (independent of built-in operations). I do not want to re-define built-in objects since I fear that this could cause ...
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How to solve this integral

I'm trying to deal with this article, but I don't understand how equations 5.9 and 5.10 were obtained. I tried to use Mathematica 8 to solve it, but the answer was different. I have a problem with ...
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How to find (numerical) value of a derivative at point?

I have the following function: f[0, 0] = 0 f[x_, y_] := Exp[-(x^2 + y^2)^(-1)] How do I find its partial derivatives at any given point, including $(0,0)$? This ...
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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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How to make a Line[] with no end?

I'm trying to do this: In this graph, the secant points are aproximated in order to become the tangent, it seems I need some kind of function which plots a line based on two points and it's points ...
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How to move differentation before the integral?

I have quite a lot expressions that need to be integrated after switching the integral sign with differentation operator. The additional problem is that the bounds are dependent to one of the ...
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Need help evaluating definite integral to a function of Y

Suppose $Y = \sqrt{2T}\cos(U)$, $ 0 \le u \le \pi $, and $ 0 \le \cos^{-1}(\frac{y}{\sqrt {2t}}) \le \pi ) $, so $ -1 \le \frac{y}{\sqrt{2t}} \le 1 $, with all $ \mathbb{R}$. The iterated integral ...
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ComplexInfinity/Indeterminate error when evaluating derivative

Motivation: I want to find the coefficients for the polynomial that is obtained when one adds together the first $n$ natural numbers to the power of $a$; that is, when you consider $1^{a} + 2^{a} + ...
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How to force Dt[ ] to recognize dependencies

I want to differentiate a function f[] for which I don't have a specific expression. f[] depends on ...
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What strategies can I use to evaluate a limit when Limit[] returns unevaluated

I'm trying to find the following limit using Mathematica: $$\lim_{N\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^N\left(\frac{k-1}{N}\right)^N$$ The problem is taken from here and is known to converge to ...
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How to collect q[t] from the following integration

As shown in the following program, the q[t] in a can be collected from the integration by defining the integration of ...
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How to explain the results of the following integrals?

Why does the following program lead to different results of a21 and a211? ...
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Simple contour integral with a parameter gone wrong

I run into the following problem, I tried to evaluate a very simple integral: Assuming[ a > 0 , Integrate[Sin[a*s]/(s - I)^2, {s, -Infinity, Infinity}]] ...
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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 nth derivative?

This question is not the same as my last one. How do you find the $n$-th derivative where $n$ is a variable? For example, you can find the nth derivative for a specific $n = 3$ ...
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How to draw a tangent to a surface in a given direction?

It seems quite embarrassing for me, but somehow I can't draw a tangent line to a surface in a given direction. Assume that I want to visualize directional derivative of the function, say, ...
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Find the dimensions of a cylindrical can that will minimize the cost of the material

A cylindrical can is to be made to hold 1 L of oil. Find the dimensions that will minimize the cost of the metal to manufacture the can. This is a standard calculus problem. The volume of the ...
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Chain rule while differentiating

I am trying to find the derivative of a function defined in polar coordinates with respect to $x$ and $y$. My function is defined as follows: $ v_x(r, \theta ) = v_r \cos (\theta ) - v_{\theta }\sin ...
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How to convert a system of parametric equations to a normal equation?

For example, I have a system of parametric equations (R is a constant number) : ...
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Extra factors appear when evaluating Euler integrals

Note: this is fixed in version 9. When I perform the double integral in Mathematica, Integrate[(x (1 - x))^z (y (1 - y))^z, {x, 0, 1}, {y, 0, 1}] which ...
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Generating evenly spaced points on a curve

In the KnotData package a simple command such as points = Table[KnotData[{3, 1}, "SpaceCurve"][t], {t, 0, 2 Pi, 0.1}]; will ...
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Why aren't these additions of integrals and summations equal?

I have the following code: Simplify[Integrate[f[x] + g[x], x] == Integrate[f[x], x] + Integrate[g[x], x]] To test: $$\int{\left(f(x) + ...
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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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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]) ...