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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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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Finding length of intersection of two surfaces

I would like to know how we find the length of the intersection of two surfaces. For instance, in the following example,a surface intersects with a plane: How do we find the length of intersection ...
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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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many indefinite integrals do not evaluate in 10.1, looking for the cause

Many integrals no longer evaluate in V 10.1 when they did in 10.0.2 Here are some 23 integrals as an example, that all produced results in V 10.0.2, but now all returns unevaluated! I am hoping ...
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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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Symbolic integration error

fixed in 10.1 (windows) I'm running Mathematica 10.0.0 and encountered a disturbing error in the symbolic integration of a rather simple function ...
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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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Bug in ArcLength?

fixed in 10.1 (windows) With Mathematica 10.0.2: ArcLength[Line[{{0, 0}, {1, 0}, {2, 0}}]] ArcLength[Line[{{0}, {1}, {2}}]] (* 2 *) (* 2 *) However, ...
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Undocumented use of Integrate: Integrating over regions

I have come across a few questions asking about integrating over regions. And while the answers are impressive there should be a better more consistent way. So my question is, are there ways, ...
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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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An apparently “simple” limit?

Let $c$ and $h$ be real values. I was using Mathematica to compute the limit $(h \rightarrow \infty)$ of the following expression: $$ \frac{\left(h^2 +c^2 h^2 + \sqrt{4 h^2+\left(h^2+c^2 ...
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How can the {x,y,z} points that fall on the outer boundary of a set of values be selected and smoothly surfaced?

For a given set of x,y,z values, that may, or may not form a uniform shape, how can the center of the data cloud be found, and the surface points be located and a solid smooth surface created from ...
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Backslide of Limit

A friend of mine showed me this example: Limit[Sum[Sin[Pi*k/n]/(n + 1/k), {k, 1, n}], n -> Infinity] This sample calculates well in v8.0.4: but not in ...
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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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Why does Mathematica give the wrong answer when integrating?

Bug introduced in 8.0 or earlier and fixed in 9.0.0 I integrate Integrate[Exp[I Cos[b - c]] Cos[b], {b, 0, 2 Pi}] Mathematica gives: ...
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Negative probability?

Bug introduced in 9.0.1 and fixed in 10.0.2 I am trying to get the sum of the squares of seven random variables, all uniformly distributed. This is what I tried. ...
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Incorrect result from Integrate

Bug introduced in 8.0 and fixed in 10.0 I attempted to calculate the following integral: ...
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Implementing discrete and continuous Hilbert transforms

What is an efficient and accurate Mathematica implementation of the Hilbert transform, for both continuous and especially discretely sampled functions? This transform relates phase and amplitude in ...
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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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Have I found a bug in Integrate?

The following command gives 0 in Mathematica 9.0.1. ...
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A bug in Integrate

Integrate[(1 + 16 Tan[2 x - y]^2)/(1 + 4 Tan[2 x - y]^2), {x, 0, 2 π}] Mathematica (wrong) output is (tested under versions 8 and 10.0, took ~ 1 minute of CPU ...
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How to find the domain and range of a function with Mathematica?

I'm studying calculus and in some exercises I am asked to find the domain and range of a function. Does Mathematica have already a built-in function for this? I can imagine some ways of doing so, ...
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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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Mathematica gives wrong result while Wolfram|Alpha is correct

Why does Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha give different results based upon the same code? I know Wolfram|Alpha's 7.85 is correct.
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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 implicitly. 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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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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Mismatch between numerical and analytic evaluation of an integral

I evaluated the following integral $$\int_0^1 \sqrt{r} \left | \cos \left(\left(k+\frac{1}{2}\right) \pi r\right)\right | dr$$ ...
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How to represent a continuous monotonic phase of Airy functions?

Note: In this question I am concerned only with real-valued variables and functions. DLMF, §9.8 Airy Functions, Modulus and Phase, formula $9.8.4$ defines the phase of Airy functions: ...
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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 determine if a function is continuous?

I wish to write code for Riemann Stieltjes integrals in Mathematica. A necessary condition for the theorem to hold is that the function must be continuous. The domain of the function is a closed ...
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How to visualize Riemann surfaces?

In WolframAlpha we can easily visualize Riemann surfaces of arbitrary functions, can we plot the Riemann surface of an arbitrary function using Mathematica and ...
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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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No response to an infinite limit

Trying to compute this limit, things seem to get frozen, even for hours. What would you recommend to fastly compute it? ...
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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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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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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 area calculation for a parametric self-intersecting closed curve

The parametric equation of the curve is: $$\begin{cases} x &= -9 \sin (2 t)-5 \sin (3 t) \\[6pt] y & = 9 \cos (2 t)-5 \cos (3 t) \end{cases}\quad t\in[0,2\pi]$$ which can be easily ...
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How does Mathematica understand branchcuts of the complex logarithm?

Say I have the function $f(x) = x \tanh(\pi x) \log (x^2 +a^2)$ where $a$ is some positive real number. Then it seems to be me that Mathematica when given such a ...
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How to deal with complicated gaussian integrals in Mathematica?

As we know, for most Gaussian integrals, we can get the analytical result. Now I have many Gaussian integrals to treat, which have the following general form, ...
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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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Incorrect results for elementary integrals when using Integrate

There is a rather simple integral ($K_0$ is the 0-th order MacDonald function) $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x \cosh\xi}\, d\xi = K_0(x)$$ which mathematica cannot solve. This even though the documentation ...
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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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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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Why do big-O terms disappear in definite integrals since Mathematica 9?

In Mathematica 8, when I computed the following input: Integrate[Series[Cos[x], {x, 0, 2}], {x, 0, a}] Mathematica returned an expression that had a O[a^4] in ...
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Why does Mathematica choose branches as it does in this situation?

Consider these integrals: ...
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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 ...
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How to evaluate the 0/0 type limit in Mathematica?

When I use Limit to evaluate the $k \to 0$ limit of ((k + 2) (α^2 - Sqrt[α^4 + k]) + k)/(α^2 - Sqrt[α^4 + k] + 2 k) If ...
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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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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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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 ...