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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Finding unit tangent, normal, and binormal vectors for a given r(t)

For my Calc III class, I need to find $T(t), N(t)$, and $B(t)$ for $t=1, 2$, and $-1$, given $r(t)=\{t,t^2,t^3\}$. I've got Mathematica, but I've never used it before and I'm not sure how to coerce ...
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How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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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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How to calculate contour integrals with Mathematica?

How to calculate the integral of $\frac{1}{\sqrt{4 z^2 + 4 z + 3}}$ over the unit circle counterclockwise for each branch of the integrand?
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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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How to plot and find the volume of a solid?

How to plot and find the volume of the solid enclosed between the paraboloid z=5(x^2+y^2) and z=6-7x^2-y^2 And the answer of ...
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Multivariable Taylor expansion does not work as expected

The basic multivariable Taylor expansion formula around a point is as follows: $$ f(\mathbf r + \mathbf a) = f(\mathbf r) + (\mathbf a \cdot \nabla )f(\mathbf r) + \frac{1}{2!}(\mathbf a \cdot ...
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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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How does Mathematica integrate?

Basically, this question can be considered to be an extenstion to my other question. What I wanted to do was this integral as homework (it is indefinite BTW so no approximations using Simpson's Rule ...
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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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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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How can I implement the method of Lagrange multipliers to find constrained extrema?

I want to form the function $h=f-\lambda_{1}g_{1}-\lambda_{2}g_{2}$ where $f$ is the function to optimize subject to the constraints $g_{1}=0$ and $g_{2}=0$ so that I can solve the first partial ...
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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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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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Symbolic derivatives are being calculated numerically

Just found the following while debugging a problem. Mathematica is calculating the derivative of IntegerPart[x] in some odd way: ...
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Double series over primes

I'm very curious if the following double series over primes has a closed form: $$\sum_{k \in \mathcal{P}}\sum_{n \in \mathcal{P}}\frac{1}{k\;n(k+n)^2}$$ where $\mathcal{P}$ denotes the set of all ...
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Inverting a function in a certain region

InverseFunction works well for globally invertible functions, like f = 2*# + 2 &; InverseFunction[f] ...
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How do I determine the maximum value for a polynomial, given a range of x values?

I need to determine the maximum value for y = a x^2 + b x + c, where I know the coefficients and the upper and lower x values. ...
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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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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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Bug in mathematica analytic integration?

I found Mathematica provides me a wrong answer for a relatively simple analytically solvable integral: ...
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Finding the centroid of the area between two curves

When I have an area bounded by curves, is there a built-in way to find the center of the area? Or do I have to plot it first and then use ComponentMeasurements on ...
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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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Bug in Integrate for Mathematica

Consider the following: ...
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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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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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How can I differentiate Numerically?

Mathematica has two ways to integrate: Integrate and NIntegrate. But what about D? ...
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How can you compute Itō Integrals with Mathematica?

How can you compute Itō Integrals with Mathematica? I tried searching through the documentations but I didn't find anything. P.S. I was not at all sure how to tag this question. I had to put in at ...
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Derivative of real functions including Re and Im

When deriving functions using Re, Im or Arg (and probably some other functions as well), ...
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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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How to expand a function into a power series with negative powers?

Is there any way to expand this expression a+b(1-Exp[-T/(b c)]/(z-Exp[-T/ (b c)]) (where a, ...
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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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How do I evaluate several n-th derivatives of a function at one point?

I have a question where I have to compute a Table containing $f^{(n)}(0)$ for n = 1, ..., 5, where $f^{(n)}$ denotes the $n$th ...
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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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When to use GenerateConditions -> True

Many functions, usuallly those involving integration, take a GenerateConditions option which often defaults to False, or at ...
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Order of integration changes output of indefinite multiple integral in Mathematica 7

I'm trying to integrate a form-factor used in the calculation of radiation between two rectangles in perpendicular planes. While the integral is usually done over fixed limits, I am trying to do the ...
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Symbolic Definite Integration

How do I perform Integrate[Sin[x]^2/(z^2 + R^2 - 2 zRCos[x])^(3/2), {x, 0, Pi}] where z and ...
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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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Equation of a line that is tangent to a curve at point

A common problem in the derivative section of calculus texts is "find the equation of the line that is tangent to the curve $y = \ldots$ at the point $P$." To find the line that is tangent to $y = 2 ...
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How to find the period of an arbitrary mathematical function?

Is there a function to find the period of an arbitrary (possibly complex) function in Mathematica?
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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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Using implicit differentiation to find a line that is tangent to a curve at a point

A few days ago I asked about using differentiation to find a line that is tangent to a curve at a given point. J.M. provided a very elegant way to solve these kinds of problems in Mathematica. Now ...
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How to take derivative of parameterized coordinate?

Suppose I have a vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$ but $n$ is not known in advance. I want to be able to write functions which operate on the components of that vector, and then I'd like to be able to take ...
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Incorrect result from Integrate

I attempted to calculate the following integral: ...
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how to simplify symbolic integration

The following is the code: ...
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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]) ...
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Paths integrals in the complex plane

I can't find how to calculate path integrals of complex functions in the complex plane. For example: $$\oint_{\mid z \mid =2}\frac{1-e^z+z}{z^3 (z-1)^2}dz$$
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Does $x>0$ imply that $x\in\mathbb{R}$?

Let’s assume I input Assuming[x > 0, expression] Is it assumed by Mathematica that $x$ is a real number? Or that the real part of $x$ is positive? Something ...