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

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Solve problem: Inconsistent or redundant transcendental equation

I would like to mechanically Solve[a y == (1 - a) x && u0 == x^a y^(1 - a),{x,y}], given 1>a>0 and u0>0. The emphasis is on mechanically: I know it is ...
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How to find an estimated root efficiently with binary stochastic estimation of the function?

I am trying to construct certain nice geometric patterns, and one particular feature I'm trying to optimize is the balance of black and white corresponding to point being inside, or outside a ...
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Generic approaches for multivariable polynomials across different domains [closed]

Mathematica newbie here. So I don't have a lot of time to read through the whole library of functions and language rules. So I'm trying to settle in on generic ways of doing the math that I'm going to ...
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Can I solve a certain equation?

Neither Mathematica nor Wolfram|Alpha can resolve the following. How else can I reach a solution? Reduce[(1 + x)^(2/m) - (1 - x)^(2/m) == (1 - x^2)^(1/m), x]
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How to solve an equation given certain parameters?

I am new to Mathematica so please bear with me. I have an equation that has around 7 parameters and one unknown. I was able to use FindRoot to solve it; however, I ...
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Plotting results from Findroot

I know this has been asked, but I cannot seem to understand the solutions. What I need to know, because I have my first domiciliary test this Monday, is how to plot the output from ...
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NSolve non-analytic function

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Find all degenerate eigenvalues of a cubic equation

I have an equation that is cubic in w. The three solutions correspond to bands in a bandstructure, and are a function of wavevector ...
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solving system of non-homogeneous advection equation using mathematica?

This question is followed up from this question How to solve a certain coupled first order PDE system Here I consider the non-homogeneous advection system \begin{equation} \displaystyle\left\{\...
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NSolve erroneously gives no solution to a polynomial system

I have a polynomial system with three equations in three unknowns, the maximum degree is 26. Two equations are symmetric, i.e. eq1(x,y,z)=eq2(y,x,z). If I search ...
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How to solve a certain coupled first order PDE system

I would like to find the solution $(U,V)\equiv (U(x,t),V(x,t))$ of the following system. \begin{equation} \displaystyle\left\{\begin{array}{l} \frac{\partial U}{\partial t}+(a+b x)\frac{\partial U}{\...
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Solve a transcendental equation in Mathemathica

I believe it is called a "transcendental equation", and I would like to find the best possible sollution. I tried to use Solve: ...
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Finding closest point to implicitly defined curve

I'm facing the following problem: Given an implicit curve given by $f(x,y)=0$ and an initial guess $(x_0,y_0)$ which is hopefully close to the curve, I want to find the point $(x,y)$ on the curve ...
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Solving a transcendental equation

I want to solve the a transcendental equation, e.g. NSolve[-(1-x)*Log[1-x] - x*Log[x] == 0.5, x] Mathematica is not able to solve, wheres WolframAlpha -- is able ...
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Reduce Inequality

How can I reduce the inequality in terms of modulus of alpha. ...
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How to solve a nonlinear overdetermined system of equations

i'm trying to solve a nonlinear overdetermined system of equations (124 equations, 123 variables) i tried this procedure (newton raphson) ...
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Implicit derivatives in one line. How do I do it?

I have this little script to derive implicitly $PrePrint = # /. {D[y_, x_, NonConstants -> {y_}] :> y'[x]} &; Example: ...
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Significantly different results between Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha with large radicals and small numbers [closed]

I have some code which involves tiny numbers being put to the power of very large numbers. The function I'm looking at is $\varphi = \omega(T) \left(1 - (1 - \epsilon)^{n_{e}(T)} \right)$ when $\...
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Finding the conditions for degenerate solutions to a cubic equation

I have a cubic equation (corresponding to the band structure of a physical system) given by w in the code below. ...
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Solving a system of weird equations

I'm trying to have Mathematica solve a system of equations for a friend's work in Computer Vision. I'm essentially going in blind to this and am not very familiar with Mathematica syntax, so would ...
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Removing imaginary and negative results from Solve

I have been trying to solve a series of equations that I know have real positive values for the unknowns (they all have real world analogues and they are not linked to a frequency domain) but despite ...
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DSolve -> no results

I am trying to solve a system of differential equations. ...
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NSolve not solving [closed]

I've been working on a Newton Cooling equation problem for my diff equ class and cannot get NSolve to solve this equation. I've plugged it into Wolfram Alpha and my ...
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Using result of Solve in further calculations

I'm trying to make a code for Gauss-Legendre quadrature. First I find the roots of the polyinomial with roots[n_,x_]:=Solve[LegendreP[n, x] == 0] Then I need to ...
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Solving non-linear ODE analytically in mathematica [closed]

I would like to solve the following differential equations $${dx\over dt}=\beta x-{{(C-x)^2}\over 4k} ,t\in[0, T]$$ where $\beta$,$C$ and $k$ are constant values. Also, the folowing terminal ...
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Does Mathematica have a built-in tool that allows one to operate on both sides of an equation?

Geogebra has a very neat CAS view that allows one to solve an equation step by step in the following fashion: $\quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad \quad $ You type an equation and ...
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Reduce with for all and implies

I have the following question. p1 = a (1 - c + a) p2 = b (1 - c - b)/((1 - b)^2) v1 = (x^1.5 - 3*x)*p1 v2 = x*p2 I want to find x ranges which makes v1>v2 under ...
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Solve a trig equation system

Background of the problem In the same plane, P is a fixed point, A,B,C are moving point, PA=a, PB=b, PC=c, find the maximize perimeter of △ABC. let ∠BPC=A, ∠CPA=B, ∠APB=2*Pi-A-B, then the perimeter ...
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Why does NSolve not solve this system of equations on a bounded domain? [duplicate]

I have three functions $E1,E2,E3$ of $t1$ and $t2$. The expressions are slightly complicated and involve trigonometric functions. For clarity purpose, they are given at the end of the question. I wan'...
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Find all roots of a function with parabolic cylinder functions in a range of the variable

I want to find all roots of a function involving Parabolic Cylinder Functions. In what follows, I define 2 variables $\xi1$ and $\xi2$, which in turn depend on $\omega$. My function is then defined as ...
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What is the role of the pattern object in this implementation?

In the documentation I found a nice idiom which allows me to do model fitting with interpolating functions. I think this kind of thing is amazing and a credit to the utility of an environment like ...
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How to solve for the intersection points of two ellipses?

I have a parametric equation of two ellipses as follow $\begin{cases} x=a_1 \text{sin$\theta $}+b_1 \text{cos$\theta $}+c_1 \\ y=d_1 \text{sin$\theta $}+e_1 \text{cos$\theta $}+f_1 \\ \end{cases}...
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Using Simplify on a consistent system returns False

Bug introduced in 8.0 and fixed in 10.3. It's late, but am I missing something here? Why should two independent equations, which together are consistent, ...
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Solve a system of non-linear equations

Is there any way to get an exact solution a system of non-linear equations? The system I would like to solve is: $\quad \quad \begin{eqnarray} h_{1}x_{1}=c_{1}\\ h_{2}x_{2}=c_{2}\\ h_{3}(1-x_{1}-x_{...
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How can I solve an equation independent of a variable? [duplicate]

Let's say I have the equation $$ ax + b = 0 $$ and I'd like to find a solution that doesn't depend on $x$, so here the solution is obviously $a=b=0$. I could solve this using ...
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How to properly interpret a seemingly contradictory result in Mathematica?

I have a problem with interpreting the results of my notebook outputs. It is important that I do not err with the interpretation. Here is the full input: ...
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Problem with plotting a function that calls FindRoot [closed]

I am having difficulties in plotting the solution of FindRoot to solve 4 variables. I defined a function and then tried tp plot it, but got an error message ...
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Solve returns empty list / running forever

Update: I made a mistake before and corrected the sign in code below in case people wonder what some comments mean. Thank you for those who answered. But I should have said that this is only part of ...
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Why does Mathematica not evaluate the difference recurrence using `RSolve` or `RecurrenceTable`?

Mathematica does not evaluate the following recurrence of two variables using RSolve and only echoes the input: ...
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How to find zeros of 16th degree polynomial with coefficients which contain one symbolic parameter?

I'm trying to find eigenvalues of matrix which is 16x16. Here is a part of matrix: ...
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Inverse Superposition

There are 4 tables that, I have written them as bellow: (m, n, s, and r are orthogonal basis. r.r=n.n=m.m=s.s=1, and m.n=n.r=...=0). a's, b's, c's and d's are coefficients and are numeric values. <...
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Solve[ ] doesn't work with transcendental equations

How to solve x^5-sinx=0 in mathematica? I try in this way: Solve[x^5 - Sin[x] == 0, x],but t doesn't work.
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How can I find all solutions of a complicated expression in a desired interval with Mathematica?

I have an expression which is a combination of Bessel functions: ...
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Problems with finding the real solutions of equation

I am trying to find real solutions of equation using Mathematica 8.0 but there is some problem I don't know how to explain. For example, for the input ...
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Unexpected ReplaceAll behavior with NSolve

I ran into some unexpected behavior using ReplaceAll with an equation of motion using NSolve (or Solve, also). First solving for the initial velocity v0: ...
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Finding where two parametric paths cross?

I have been looking through other parametric equations questions and am still unsure where to start with this one. I am given two functions: ...
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Switching between solutions of a fourth order polynomial

I am plotting the roots of a fourth-order polynomial as a function of some parameter $r$ with the following code: ...