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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Finding the roots of Hypergeometric1F1[]

I am trying to find the roots, λ, for this equation: Hypergeometric1F1[1/4 (2 -  λ /β), n + 1, β] for certain ...
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How Can I use Solve/Reduce Output

Suppose I want x and y to be rationals Solve[ x^2 + y^2 == 1, {x, y}, Rationals] I am ...
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How do I split up a curve into segments of equal length?

I have a curve that is defined as f[x] and what I'm attempting to do is to divide the curve into equal straight lengths for a number of segments of my choosing that I've defined as nSeg. I've created ...
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How to work out the parameter in a definite integration which has an exact value while the integration doesn't have an analytical solution?

Here is the equation I'm trying to solve: NIntegrate[1/(E^(1/(λ T)) - 1), {λ, 200, 220}] == 1000 T is the parameter I'm ...
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Incompleteness of FindInstance

I've been playing around with Resolve and FindInstance. I know that Resolve should always ...
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Buggy Reduce/Resolve function?

It seems to me that this is a clear-cut case of Mathematica actually producing the wrong answer (with no warnings). I'm trying to express the fact that for any integer, there exists a factorization ...
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How to convert a system of parametric equations to a normal equation?

For example, I have a system of parametric equations (R is a constant number) : ...
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Using FindInstance to Prove No Solutions Exist

For a small amount of background, I am currently working on an undergraduate research project in Combinatorial Geometry and I'm working on a case analysis for embedding spherical simplicial ...
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How to plot an inequality?

I need some help in plotting the following inequality using Mathematica: $$\frac{1+(x/100+0.1)\times y/100}{1.15+1.15\times(x/100)\times(y/100)}\geq 1$$ assuming $x,y\in \mathbb{Q}$, the set of ...
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Getting an InterpolatingFunction from a ContourPlot

I have a function, say minimizeme[Ω_][β_][ϵ_] = ϵ^2 Ω - Log[2 (Cosh[2 β] + Cosh[2 β ϵ])]/(2 β); I want to find its critical points in $\epsilon$ for a given ...
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Problems Computing (in a reasonable amount of time) Solutions to a System of Inequalities

For my Cryptography research I am interested in finding solutions to the following inequalities in terms of $r$ and $s$, where $p$ is some fixed constant. $$\begin{align} 2^{p - s + 4} + 2^{p - r} + ...
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solving for one solution to a system of polynomials

I'm trying to solve a system of equations: ...
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Why won't Mathematica Solve a set of two equations for one variable?

For example, if I try to Solve this set of equations Solve[y == 3 x + 5 && y == -x + 7, {x, y}] Mathematica gives the right values for ...
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Defining a Unique Domain for Solving Diophantine Equations

I am working on a research problem in discrete geometry to do with sphere packings, and believe it or not, I have been able to reduce it to finding the solutions to the Diophantine equation, $$n = ...
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Why does Solve and Sum give different answers when according to Table it is the same sequence?

I have been thinking about a piece of code today, but I don't understand why I get different outputs from two in my mind similar Mathematical sums. First I observe that the Table command for this: ...
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Inverse of a complicated function

Mathematica is struggling to find the inverse of this function f(r): ...
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Manipulating Equations

I would like to be able to manipulate algebraic equations. For example, let's say I enter 3x+5==2 I would next like to be able to manually subtract $2$ from both ...
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How to Simplify equations over a Ring with Mathematica?

For example, when we work over a ring, the equation x^3=0 does not imply x^2=0 or x=0, but ...
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What Method options does FindInstance accept?

While answering Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints it became clear that for this problem FindInstance would be better ...
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Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints

I'm having a hard time getting FindInstance to return multiple results. Consider this simple example: ...
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Checking if the roots of a function are real

I'm trying to determine if the roots of a function are real. How would you do that? (In particular I'm interested in verifying that the roots of LegendreP[6, x] ...
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Proving inequalities with Mathematica

Question summary: I would like to learn some tips and tricks on how to prove inequalities with Mathematica. I'm studying various inequalities in triangle that have the form $R+ar + bs\geq 0$, where ...
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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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Google Code Jam: Mountain View code review

After participating in Google Code Jam 2012 Round 2, it occurred to me that the Mountain View problem boiled down to solving a set of linear inequalities, which could be done in Mathematica. I've only ...
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Why can't Mathematica “Solve” my equation?

I am trying to get Mathematica to solve the following equality in terms of $w_i$ $\displaystyle \frac{\sum_{i = 1}^{n} x_i }{\sum_{i = 1}^{n} y_i} = \frac{\sum_{i = 1}^{n} ( (\frac{x_i}{y_i}) w_i ) ...
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How to solve an overdetermined system in Mathematica

I would like to understand the reasons and find a way to avoid such behaviour of the Solve function in Mathematica 8. ...
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Constraining two points, a specified distance apart, to a line

Suppose that I have two points in the xy plane: pt1 and pt2init. pt1 is fixed in space, ...
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Inconsistent initial and boundary conditions

I have a 4th order nonlinear PDE with the following BCs and IC: ...
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Animate a position change along the curve for every iteration

I've only had few previous experiences on Mathematica before. So basically an entry-level question that harasses a rookie like me. I made the following attempt using bisection method to calculate ...
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Replace function and its derivatives found with Solve

If I have an equation eq = f[x] + g[x] == 0 and I solve for f[x] sol = Solve[eq,f[x]] ...
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How to get rid of warnings when using Solve on an equation with inexact coefficients?

When I solve this equation in Mathematica 8, I can get the right answer, but with some uncomfortable warnings. Equation: ...
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Reduce/Solve an equation with symbols in powers

I am trying to solve the following equation with respect to x. eqn = x^z + y == a; But when I do ...
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How to find solutions that yield of root of unity?

I have a polynomial with coefficients that are integer polynomials in another (complex) variable. For example: 1 + (1 - v^2) #1 + (-3 - v^2) #1^2 + #1^3 & I ...
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Solving a linear equation in Mathematica

This should be easy but I can't seem to find the right way to do it. I have an equation of the form $a x + b x + c y + a z + d z = 0$, and I'd like to solve for relations between the parameters ...
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Select Solution with real (positive, etc) coefficients - ignoring variables

I often need to solve equations for numerical coefficients while preserving numerous variables (e.g. to preserve scaling relations). Thus I end up with a set of solutions like $$ ...
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how to solve an implicit integral equation? (iterate to a functional fixed point?) [closed]

I reduced a (special case) of my problem to the following code. Even though in this special case all related functions are analytical, DSolve is not the tool for this, though I am indeed looking for a ...
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Numerical rule evaluation -> {True, False} to deviation of target equation

I solve some equations numerically with FindRoot[] returning a quadruple {1,2,3,4}. Because the solver sometimes do not find any roots depending on parameterization of these equations I select only ...
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Error (NSolve::ifun) when using NSolve, I need help interpreting the error

I wrote the following code to observe how the solutions to the equation $(e^{i a})^2 = e^{i b}$ varied as $b$ varied between 0 and $2\pi$ ...
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About multi-root search in Mathematica for transcendental equations

I have some questions for multiroot search for transcendental equations. Is there any clever solution to find all the roots for a transcendental equation in a specific range? Perhaps ...
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Finding roots of nontrivial equation

I am trying to solve the following nontrivial equation: ...
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Solving an equation and finding a couple of results given that they are integer

My problem is to find all solutions to an equation with 2 variables between two values that define the range of my search. e.g., $(x+y-y²)/(1-y-x²)=0$ with solutions ${x,y} \in \mathbb{Z}$.
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How to find the smallest root

I have a continuous, differentiable, monotonic, bounded function called F[t]. If t -> Infinity then ...
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Solving complex equations

I feel like I am missing a basic, but key point when using Mathematica's Solve or Reduce. ...
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Conditional expression

How do I evaluate a conditional expression in order to convert the solutions that are in terms of $x$ to a new variable $c$ depending on $x$? The conventional method I have been using with eliminate ...
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Solving recurrence relation using Mathematica defined in a piecewise way

I have a recurrence relation defined as following: RSolve[ { p[0] == p0, p[1] == λ p[0]/μ, p[i + 1] == λ p[i]/(2 μ) }, p[i], i ] Note that the relation ...
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Can Reduce *really* not solve for x here?

Sometimes I get the feeling I'm just flailing blindly with Mathematica. Is solving for $x$ in the equation $$ \frac{\cosh (x/2)}{x} = \sqrt{2} $$ really beyond the scope of Mathematica? I try to ...
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How to invert an integral equation

There have been numerous times when I've needed to invert an integral equation, i.e. I have something like $$f(x) = g_1(x)\int_{0}^x g_2(x') dx'$$ for arbitrary functions $g_1$ and $g_2$, and ...
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Trouble using FindInstance with MatrixRank

I'm really confused about what's going wrong with my call to FindInstance: ...
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Using the Krylov method for Solve: Speeding up a SparseArray calculation

I'm trying to implement this Total Variation Regularized Numerical Differentiation (TVDiff) code in MMA (which I found through this SO answer): essentially I want to differentiate noisy data. The full ...