Questions on the analytic and numeric equation solving functions of Mathematica (Solve, Reduce, NSolve, FindRoot, DSolve, RSolve, etc.).

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Solution to $y = x^x (1-x)^{(1-x)}$ for $x$ [on hold]

Does anyone have any insight to a symbolic Mathematica solution to this equation for $x$ in terms of y? Symbolic of any sort, just not numeric. $$y = x^x (1-x)^{(1-x)}$$
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How to read complicated result from Reduce?

How can I read this Reduce output from Mathematica that I got from solving an inequality? I do not perfectly know when one case in this case analysis is over and ...
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How can we plot the complex roots of an equation?

If we'd like to display the $n$ roots of a polynomial on the complex plane as points, how can we do this? For example, if we have the equation $x^3 + x^2 + x + 1$, how can we plot the 3 roots as ...
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How to determine why Solve[] failed?

I don't know what to make of Solve[] failing on this: ...
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Bug in Solve (Mathematica 9)

The issue seems to be fixed as of Version 10.1. Just came across the strangest bug under both Mathematica 9.0.0 and 9.0.1. If one enters: ...
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Defining Solutions to FindRoot a functions of parameters-Part II

Here's a similar question as the the preceding question with the same title, but this time with vectors, which I need to use. I followed the suggestion in the answer the the previous question, but it ...
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How to speed or help Solve[] when it is stuck?

The code below generates a system of equations that I need to Solve[] for {c[5], c[6], c[7], c[8]} in terms of {c[1], c[2], c[3], c[4]}. ...
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Determining the default Method used in optimization and root-finding algorithms

Is it possible to extract the Method which is used in functions like NMinimize, FindRoot, ...
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NSolve Duration for simultaneous equations solving

At the moment I am asking myself why mathematica gets to point of needing enormous amount of time to solve equations like these when one more "row" or "colum" or both was added in this equations ...
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Finding the numerical solution to a polynomial of a high degree [on hold]

I would like to numerically solve the following equation for ρ and use the obtained values of ρ to calculate the values of VR ...
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Does the equation have two roots? [on hold]

I want to solve the equation $$-x^2+\sqrt{2-x^2} \left(x^2+2 x-1\right)+2 x+5=0.$$ I tried ...
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Behavior of Reduce with variables as domain

When using Reduce, I accidentally put a set of variables as the domain. To my surprise, it not only seems that Reduce expects ...
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Roots of Whittaker W function

I am interested in finding the roots $u$ of the equation $$ W_{1,\imath b}(a)=0, $$ where $W_{\kappa,\mu}(z)$ denotes the Whittaker $W$ function, $a>0$ is a fixed parameter, $\imath=\sqrt{-1}$ and ...
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How to eliminate variables when using Solve[]

In certain problems, we need to solve systems of equations and get results in terms of just selected variables. For example, how could we solve eqn==0 below for ...
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Solve for x given an interpolation function, y

Given a list of data, lst={{x1,y2},{x2,y2},...,{xn,yn}} and the interpolation function fun, y=Interpolation[lst] which ...
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Problem using NDSolveValue

Good afternoon, fellas. Could anyone here help me solve this problem? ...
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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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Solving a nonlinear equation involving convolution

I consider the following functional : $\psi(u,v)= -u(1-v)(1-\alpha k * v) + \epsilon v (\alpha k * v)$, where $k(x)$ is a smooth kernel with $\int |k| = 1$ and $\int k_+ = \alpha \in ]0,1[$, $u(x), ...
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How many times do the two given curves intersect at the origin?

I'm reading/studying on my own a book about algebraic curves. I'm trying to find a way for Mathematica help me with the following (the book, ISBN: 038731802X, allows me to use any CAS / program. ...
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Solving an integral equation numerically

my problem is: I get the result of definite integral and now I need to find the upper limit for the same integral but with opposite sign value so f2=-f1. ...
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Why can Reduce solve for Integers but not for Reals?

I'm showing as an image, since the question is generic. If we remove $m$ from the inequality we get both solutions. Why doesn't the first inequality work for both domains? Edit here is the code per ...
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Does `Reduce` give complete and necessary conditions?

I want to obtain a solution for a system of five inequalities. For instance, ...
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using FindRoot with a Module that takes a parameter

Observed an error when calling a Module from FindRoot. I created a module which first solves a differential equation and then returns the value of that differential equation when the independent ...
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Plotting the solution of a cubic equation against a coefficient in the equation

I have to plot the solution of the following equation against the coefficient $L$. Since it's a cubic equation, I'd like to filter out the real solution first and plot that then. The equation is $L ...
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How to refine the approximate solution of an implicit function? [closed]

I have an equation of the form exp(A(C-x))-1-exp(x-B(C-x)^(2/3))=0 Here A,B and C are constants, x is the unknown, I want to find, but approximate value of x is known. so, the problem is how to get ...
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Is it possible to solve a certain set of nonlinear equations in Mathematica?

I read this question in a Chinese forum last year. At the end of the discussion, they provide a solution of the equations from a C++ program. Unfortunately, they did not get the right answer. ...
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What are the hidden specifications for FindRoot

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system" (or a nonlinear equation I ...
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Plot directional field with a initial vlue

I do not have enough reputation to comment on other questions, hence I have to ask my own one I want to solve the following nonlinear first order ODE, $$(1 + x) (0.5 y[x]^{-0.5} (x - y[x])^{0.5} - ...
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Using NMinimize to solve the Multi Commodity Flow problem

I have the following optimization problem and I was hoping to solve it with NMinimize. Unfortunately, I don't get the desired result. I would like to get an optimal vector for $d_{e}$. This is how ...
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NDSolve issue with initial and boundary conditions

While solving the heat equation in one spatial variable $u_t = u_{xx} $ (x goes from 0 to L) with the initial temperature distribution $T_0 \frac{x(L-x)}{L^2}$ , and with neumann boundary conditions ...
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How can Mathematica help me to find a real radical expression for roots of this polynomial?‎

The polynomial $P(x)=x^‎‏4‏‎-‎‏4‏x^‎‏2‏‎-‎‏2‏x+‎‏1$‏‎ has ‎‏4‏‎ real roots (this can be clearly checked by plotting). But solving $P(x)=‎‏0‏‎$, using ...
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Truncated Distribution Parameter Search Produces Singular Jacobian Using FindRoot [closed]

I'm trying to find the 2 parameters of a truncated Weibull distribution using version 10 and FindRoot. I would like to truncate the distribution between t =0 and t = 3600 with the probability of ...
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Finding common roots to several functions

I am trying to solve the following problem. Given $a\in\mathbb R^n$, $u\in\mathbb{R}^n$, $m\in\mathbb{N}^\star$, Find the/some common roots $(t_1,...,t_m)$ of the $\frac{m(m-1)}{2}$ ...
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Updating Wagon's FindAllCrossings2D[] function

Stan Wagon's Mathematica in Action (second edition; I haven't read the third edition and I'm hoping to eventually see it), demonstrates a nifty function called ...
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how to find numerical zeros of $f(z)$ in a compact complex domain

I encountered a function $f(z)$ with several zeros in a region $1<\Re(z)<2, 3<\Im(z)<4$. These zeros are visible in a three dimensional plot like ...
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A peculiar behavior of NSolve[]

NSolve[Power[x + 1, x + 1] - Power[x, x + 2] == 0, x, Reals] returns: {{x -> 3.14104}} Great. However, ...
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Many NSolves to interpolating function

I have an expression of the form: expr = TerribleNumericalFunction[U[p]] == SimpleFunction[p] The Simple function is a ...
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Trouble using Solve and NSolve with functions involving Erf

I have the following functions: R[k_, x_, t_] := -.5*(k - x)*(1 + Erf[-(k - x)/t]) L[k_, c_, x_, t_] := .5*c*(k - x)*(1 + Erf[(k - x)/t]) I'm interested in ...
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Symbolically solve system of equations involving matrix

I need to solve the following system of equations symbolically for a_i, b_i, and c_i: ...
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Strange result of Reduce and ForAll

In the question Can Mathematica tell me if a polynomial has all real roots?, quite a few of interesting answers were given. I wanted to add another one, using quantors, and observed some strange ...
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Equation with two unknowns [closed]

I am doing some work on valuation multiples, and I created a long equation for a value driver model using inputs such as sales in year 0, tax rate, change in ICAP as a % of sales, ICAP in year 0, and ...
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Can Mathematica Find Closed-Form Solution this Equation

I have tries to solve an equation by using Solve[] to find pl as a function of other variables. However, it generates an Error! Can anyone help? ...
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Assign the results from a Solve to variable(s)

I understand Mathematica can't assign the results of a Solve to the unknowns because there may be more than 1 solution. How can I assign the 4 values of following result to variables?
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Question about the third argument of Solve [duplicate]

I'm learning about derivatives. This is my code: ...
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Study the possible coincidences of the three clock hands hour, minute, and second

Inspired by the very nice problem solutions of the problem of coinciding clock hands, I'd like to extend the question including a "second" hand. While it is obvious that all three hand can coincide ...