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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Are greek symbols causing different evaluation?

I've updated today to Mathematica 9.0.1.0 from version 8 and found something that absolutely confuses me. Let us define a piecewise function: ...
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Why does Mathematica choose branches as it does in this situation?

Consider these integrals: ...
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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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Is there a way to teach integrate new solutions?

I have an integral which I can solve, but integrate cannot: ...
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Finding simplifying substitutions for an integral involving limits and integrand

[The following is based on a William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition problem.] Consider the definite integral: $I = \int\limits_2^4 \frac{\sqrt{\log (9-x)}}{\sqrt{\log (9-x)}+\sqrt{\log ...
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Suspected bug in Integrate

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 or earlier and persisting through 10.0.2 or later In version 10.0: ...
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Incorrect evaluation for Thue-Morse signed harmonic series

I would like to evaluate $$s = 1 - \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} - \frac{1}{5} + \frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{7}-\frac{1}{8} - ... + \frac{(-1)^{\textrm{binary digit sum}(n-1)}}{n} + ... $$ where ...
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Contour Integration along a contour containing two branch points

I need to compute following contour integrations: $$f(u)=\oint_\alpha dz \sqrt{z^3+z+u} \qquad ; \qquad g(u)=\oint_\beta dz \sqrt{z^3+z+u}$$ In which $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are two contours in ...
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Integrate wrong for absolute value of trig function

I was trying to get $\int_0^1 \lvert \cos(2 \pi k x) \rvert \,\mathrm{d}x$ for $k \in \mathbb{Z}$, and was surprised by the result (using Mathematica 10.0.1.0): ...
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Strange behaviour of MMA in derivatives of some standard functions

There are some peculiar things to be discovered in derivatives of some standard functions in MMA: Strange behaviour Example 1: Abs We have ...
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Convoluting inverse square root with Gaussian

I would like to convolute the inverse square root on the interval [0,inf] with a Gaussian function, like so: ...
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Strange Integrate behavior (a bug!)

The following two calculations should give the same result. After all, integration is a linear operation. I have pasted the code below in case you want to play with it. ...
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Calculating a limit with a result that is discontinuous in the parameters

The following limit is left unevaluated (Edit: added the assumption that $\epsilon$ is real thanks to the comment below): ...
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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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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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Integrate yields complex value, while after variable transformation the result is real. Bug?

I have the follwoing integral: Integrate[1/Sqrt[0.7 + 0.3*(1 + z)^3], {z, 0, Infinity}, Assumptions -> z \[Element] Reals] >> -3.36354 - 3.85013 I the ...
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Symbolic integration of elliptic functions

Is there some clever way to integrate products of elliptic functions $\wp(z;g_2,g_3)$ or $\zeta(z;g_2,g_3)$ in Mathematica? Mathematica seems to be able to integrate functions like ...
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Derivative of generating function (Example from documentation)

In the documentation for GeneratingFunction, the following example is given under Examples -> Properties & Relations -> Derivative: ...
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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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A triple sum related question

I'm trying to compute the triple sum Sum[1/(i! j! k! ), {i, 1, Infinity}, {j, i + 1, Infinity}, {k, j + 1, Infinity}] but Mathematica doesn't return any value. ...
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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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Strange Integrate messages / $RecursionLimit being ignored

Introduced in 10.1.0 The following behavior was observed in Mathematica 10.1 (Windows 64 bit) When attempting to evaluate the following integral, Mathematica outputs several messages which appear ...
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How can I do multiple (double) integral with periodic boundary conditions?

I am trying to do a simple double integral $\int_0^l \left[\int_0^l h^3 h_{xxx}dx\right]dx$ with periodic boundary conditions $h[0,\tau]=h[l,\tau]$ $h_x[0,\tau]=h_x[l,\tau]$ ...
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NDSolve is running an extremely long time: how can I save the existing data?

I am trying to solve a PDE by the following code. It takes 1 hour or so to reach t=25.72 but about 20 hours to reach t=25.72404031638060174049337306126853310997. Actually, the time step is extremely ...
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Integrate with Subscript: does this crash your kernel too?

I encountered some strange behaviour running v10.0.1 on a Mac Pro, while working with Integrate and Subscript. Starting from a ...
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Result of symbolic integration changed drastically by making assumptions

I would like to know the underlying reason for different outcomes for the two integration operation below. One of them includes a few assumptions, otherwise both have the same integrand: ...
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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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Real integral evaluating as indeterminate

Mathematica evaluates the following integral as: ...
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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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About calculating Integrals

I am trying to Integrate the following Integral (all of the variables are reals) $$\int Exp(-(\cos^{-1}\left[\frac{\text{n}_0 (\text{v}_0-\text{x}_0)+\text{n}_1 (\text{v}_1-\text{x}_1)+\text{n}_2 (u ...
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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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Calculate exact Probability of product of normal random variables

Find the value of $P[\Pi_{i=1}^{10}X_i > C]$ for $C=5$, where $X_{10\times 1}$ is a random vector with $10$ dimensional Normal Distribution having location parameter $\mu_{10\times 1} = ...
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Derivative with respect to a tensor

I am trying to differentiate a tensor with respect to another one in Mathematica, but I can't do it. Down below is the code I am using: ...
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MacDonald formula for Modified Bessel Functions

Mathematica seems to not know these two integrals: $$\int_0^{\infty} e^{-x \cosh{\xi}} d\xi = K_0(x)$$ $$\int_0^{\infty} e^{-\frac{1}{2} \Big( \frac{x y}{u} + u \frac{x^2+y^2}{x y} \Big) } K_{i t}(u) ...
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Order of integration resolves “Indeterminate expression encountered.”

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 Today I came across the following integral: ...
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Giving hints to Integrate

I working with the integral ...
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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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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 Absolute Value Function in Mathematica looks very different from the actual answer

Derivative of the Abs Function in Mathematica looks very different than the actual answer. Why? How to correct this? For example I entered ...
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Limit of sequence

I tried to calculate the following limit $$\lim_{n\to\infty}n\sin(2\pi en!)$$ Mathematica gets ...
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Simple Jacobians, Gradients, etc. with arbitrary length vectors/matrices?

Is there any way (or a package built for it) can do simple operations with vectors and matricies of arbitrary size, but conforming extents? For the simplest example to test, given an arbitrary vector ...
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Help with Integrals (and conditional expectations) of the Beta distribution: Integrate[e^(az) z^a (1-z)^b, {z, 0, 1}]

I have a Beta distribution, and am interested in calculating expectations and conditional expectations. The domain on the distribution is $z \in [0,1]$ Ignoring constants of proportionality, the ...
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How to prevent simplification of hypergeometric functions resulting from integrations?

Definite integrals from 0 to Infinity over a product of two hypergeometric (including exponential, trigonometric, hyperbolic, ...
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Positive integrand giving negative answer

I'm integrating a positive function f(t) times sin(t) from 0 to pi/5 and get -38. Actually f is slightly negative for a short time (smallest value ~ -0.0005), but far from enough to explain this. ...
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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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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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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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Computing integral involving derivatives

I want to evaluate an expression $\int_C g(\nabla f)ds$. This is an integration along a curve $C$ in a plane given as a function of some parameter $s$: ...