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

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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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Characterising the set of parameters that satisfy a system of non-linear equations

I am looking for a solution to the following problem and could not find an answer so far. I have a quintic equation, $f(x;a,b,c,\cdots)-x=0$, where $x$ is the variable with respect to which I need the ...
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Solving systems of equations

So I have a set of equations like 12 of them but 13 variables. However I would like to find the numerical value of the roots for the maximum value of a particular variable. I don't know how to do that ...
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NSolve for complicated equation involving double cross product

I have the following issue. I am trying to solve a 3-vector equation for the vector slx, sly, and ...
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FindRoot: getting number of iteration [closed]

I'm using FindRoot to solve a nonlinear system. I'd like to see what FindRoot is doing while computation, something like the display option for Matlab fsolve. At the end of the day, I want the number ...
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Solve never terminates with simultaneous equation set

I have the following set of simultaneous equations that I want to solve symbolically. The two unknowns are $a$ and $d$. $a=\frac{c*(d/10)}{1 + (f/130) + (d/50)} - \frac{a}{1 + (a/100) + (d/100) + ...
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Equating coefficients in a non-power-series equation

How can I use Mathematica to equate coefficients in a non-power-series equation? For example, I would like to take an equation like the following: ...
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Symbolic matrix equation

I am looking to a system of equations of the form $\pi =\pi P$, the one encountered in Markov chain theory. My $P$ variable is: ...
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Passing f[x][[1]] to FindRoot [duplicate]

FindRoot seems to fail for most examples of the form f[x_?NumericQ] := {x - 3 , x^3}; FindRoot[f[x][[1]], {x, 3}] ...
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Can plot a function, NSolve takes too long

I'm new to Mathematica, so maybe mine is an easy to solve issue, but I haven't been able to figure it out. I have a series of linear ODEs I solve using for: ...
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Prandtl-Meyer function

I'm trying to solve for Mach number based on the given Prandtl-Meyer function, however I keep getting odd error. Here is my code: ...
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Find a single max value

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Calibrating Precision in calculations

As the title says, I encounter an irritating problem which has to do with the accuracy or the precision used in the calculations. To be more specific, I have the following code: ...
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Forcing evaluation of ArgMax

How to force evaluation of ArgMax before its output gets used in Solve? Background: I'm trying to solve for the Nash ...
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Using 'Reduce' to solve a set of inequalities, specified by a list

I have a two lists $LHS$ and $RHS$, both of size $n$. I want to solve a system of inequalities of the form: $$LHS[1] \leq RHS[1]$$ $$LHS[2] \leq RHS[2]$$ $$LHS[3] \leq RHS[3]$$ $$\vdots$$ ...
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Using previous two solutions as a start point in FindRoot

I need to solve a sequence of equations and I want the starting point of each new FindRoot to be the solution of the earlier FindRoot, increased or decreased by a a bit in the following way: Some ...
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Runge-Kutta Butcher tables

I like to have the Butcher's table for Explicit (or implicit as well) Runge-Kutta method of a fixed order. I do not understand reading ...
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How to obtain all solutions for Cos[x] Cosh[x] == 1?

Both analytical solutions or all numerical solutions are good enough. FindRoot may be a possible solution, any better solution? ...
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strictly positive solution to $Ax=b$

How to find in mathematica one real strictly positive solution, if any, of $Ax=b$. A is rectangular matrix. Thanks
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Numerical solution of two equations in two functions

I would like to obtain a solution to the following two equations ...
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Why is ((v k)^-n (k v^n - v k^n))/(n - 1) == b so hard for Mathematica to solve (for v)?

I've tried using both Solve and Reduce. For something that takes maybe 3 minutes to solve with paper and pencil, I'm very ...
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`Solve` with variables as single vector

Say I have a set of equations where the unknown variables are the elements of a vector $c=(c_1,c_2,\ldots)$ and want to solve it for $c$. Is there a way to do this with ...
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Export data from NDSolve when they meet a certain condition

I need to export to a txt file the data from the following system of equations: ...
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Getting unwanted solution from Solve

I am solving the simultaneously equations $\quad \quad x_7=0$ and $\quad \quad 6x_4x_5+6x_3x_5x_6+zx_4x_7^2+zx_5x_7^2=0$ with Solve. Here, $z$ is an unknown ...
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Eliminate z from two equations in x, y, z and plot y as a function of x [closed]

I have this equation to begin with: $$1 - 3 x y = 5 z - 2 x $$ I want to solve this equation for $z(x,y)$, then plug $z(x,y)$ I plug $z$ inside a second equation: $$ y = 7 x z - \frac{z}{x} $$ ...
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Solved the differential equation, how to rearrange to find solution? [closed]

I have solved for values of $y(x)$ from $1 < x < 2$ and plotted them: ...
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Solving equations with QuantityVariable

I'm trying to understand how to easily solve equations that use QuantityVariable. Why does this fail? ...
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Some question on “Reduce”

Is this my mistake? I am trying to solve ...
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Can someone please help me to state assumption?

I am currently trying to solve under what condition does the following term will be zero? ...
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How to solve a complicated equation system

I am trying to solve the equation system eq1==eq2 for $\sigma1$ and $\sigma2$ where eq1 and ...
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How can I find a root of my transcendental equation near a certain point?

What function could I use to solve this equation for x: E^(-x^2) = 1 - Cos[x] I tried Solve, ...
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Solution of an ODE in implicit form

For some non-linear ODEs there is only implicit form of solution using DSolve. For example DSolve[(y[x] + x - 1)*y'[x] - y[x] + 2 x + 3 == 0, y[x], x] gives ...
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Solving Heat equation [closed]

I want to compute the exact solution of the heat equation but I got an error. u(x,t) (equation of transmition of heat) is the solution of this differential equation: $$du/dt - \alpha d^2u/dx^2 = 0$$ ...
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Symbolic solution of irrational equation

Is there any a nice looking solution to the following equation? eq[x_] := 2 x q1 - 2 q2/x^3 - (4 x^3 q3 - 4 q5/x^5)/(4 Sqrt[x^4 q3 + q4 + q5/x^4]) Better than ...
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Invariant error plot for an arbitray system of ODE

i try to use InvariantErrorPlot command for a generic system of ODE but i find only example with pre-building equations from Mathematica Packages. This is one of ...
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How to do Inverse formulas/Rearrange formulas in Mathematica? [duplicate]

Hi am a student in chemical engineering and I have the necessity to rearrange formulas algebraically, for example ...
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Asymptotics of sum of binomials

I would like to find the asymptotics of Sum[Binomial[n,i]*1/i^((n+1)/2),{i,1,n}] I saw Find asymptotics of Sum[2^i*Binomial[n-i-1,2*n/3-1],{i,0,n/3}] but I ...
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Solve returns a wrong answer

I'm afraid the following is rather localized questions, but I don't know how to simplify and generalize it. I have the following two points (in the real plane): ...
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Solve failing and not clear why

I define the function: w[q_, n_, a_] := q/(4 Pi n r^2) (1 - Exp[-2 r/a] (2 (r/a)^2 + 2 (r/a) + 1)) I then want to solve: ...
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FindRoot equation-variable mismatch

I cannot figure out why FindRoot doesn't work and returns this error: The number of equations does not match the number of variables in ... My problem: drawing ...
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Equating and solving equations that have been generated using table[]

I am in the process of trying to use Mathematica to find the coefficients of transmission and reflection for the wavefunction of a beam of particles tunnelling across any number of identical potential ...
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Solution of Non-Linear Equations using Simulation

How I can solve these five non-liner equations where n=3, x=1,3,8 (e.g), and a,b,c, Alpha ...
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Corrected: Solve[] cannot solve simple hyperbola equations?

Is Solve[] very inefficient in solving equations involving square roots? The input below attempts to find out the explicit expression of either x or y in terms of other variables {x|y, a, c}, and c ...
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Rearranging an equation with the sine function in it [closed]

When I evaluate Solve[a==Sin[b*c], b] to rearrange the following for $ b $: $$ a = \sin(bc) $$ I get the following result from Mathematica: $$\begin{align*} ...
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How to solve a simple inequality

I am having trouble getting Mathematica to solve really simple inequalities. I started with Solve[{y^x >= 2*y - 1}, x] but Mathematica can't solve it. So I ...
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Solve equation with inequalities for parameters

I want to solve following equation: ...
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equation solving problems

I have some equation: $$ veq=-2-lr-l^2r+2(r+ir^3\omega) v' + (-2+r)r^2v'^2 + (-2+r) r^2 v''==0 $$ or in Mathematica form: ...
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Intersection with FindInstance

How to find individual root parameters pair ( t, T) to find curve intersections using FindInstance? Hopefully it would output two, instead of 6 pairs in the following: ...
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Plotting the results of NSolve as Horizontal Lines

Suppose I use NSolve to find the Real approximations to the intersections of two separate functions over some specified range: ...
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Problems solving a differential equation

I am trying to solve a differential equation: $dN/dt = a*N*(90-N)$ with $N(0)=3$ and $N(11)=43$: Using: ...