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

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How can I find the boundary function in RegionPlot?

I have a problem with finding the function that gives the boundary curve in RegionPlot comamnd. I use the following code to make the regions in which two ...
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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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Finding the roots of a function with a parameter

I am using a differential equation method for finding the roots of a function. My function is much more complicated but I can illustrate my problem with a trivial example. The problem occurs when ...
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Finding the first five eigenvectors and values for a 500×500 matrix

I'm trying to find the first five eigenvalues and vectors of a matrix that has the following proporties: ...
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Why does Equal[“string”, False] not evaluate to False?

Why does Equal["string", False] not evaluate to False? I would have thought Mathematica could prove that these two things are ...
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System of differential equations - solving for a constant

I will reformulate my question in the hopes it will be more intelligible. First, I defined the functions: ...
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Finding Values of All Nine Constants in q-hypergeometric Equation

I suspect that an identity of the form $$\sum_{j=-n}^{j=n}(-1)^jq^{j(5j+1)/2}=\sum_{r=0}^{n}f_{ar+bn+c}(-1)^{n-r}q^{(n-r)(dr+en+f)/2}\frac{(q;q)_{gr+hn+j}}{(q;q)_{n-r}}$$ for $a, \dots , j$ integer ...
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Strange behavior of Reduce with a cubic equation

This equation: $(\frac{-a}{x})^2=\sqrt{\frac{1}{x}}$ at $a > 0$ and $x > 0$ has a clear solution $x=a^{4/3}$, doesn't it? However, ...
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How to correct this, `f[a_] := FindRoot[eq == 0, {x, 0.5}]`, where `eq` contains a parameter $a$, without using `eq[a]`?

I want to solve an equation with a parameter $a$, and define the result as a function of $a$. It is something like this: ...
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how to define roots of an equation as a function? [closed]

I need to solve an equation depending on 3variables in only one variables and define the roots as a function of the remaining variables? I used some thing like that: ...
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why doesn't NSolve find all the solutions that Solve finds?

Define d[p1_, p2_] := (p1 - p2).(p1 - p2) to be the square of the distance between two points. I am trying to solve equations like: ...
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Graphical solution of a a two-variable system containing an equation and an inequality

I'm currently studying atmospheric-gravity waves and their dispersion relations. I want to have look at values of $(x,y)$ that solve the following system : \begin{equation}\label{}(1) \left\{ ...
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Solve within a range?

Is it possible to solve an equation in which some some of the parameters have defined ranges? Example: ...
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Can't Solve a system of differential equations, Solve takes too long

My question is probably not really interesting but I really need help on this because I won't have access to a more powerful computer. So my model contains 7 equations : ...
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Solving Thue equations

A Thue equation is a 2-variable homogeneous integer polynomial of degree at least 3. It's well-known that such equations have only finitely many solutions over the integers. I'm trying to solve some ...
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Projection of curve 3D (x,y,z) on the x-y plane

I have a following systeme : \begin{equation} \left\{ \begin{array}{rcr} (\beta+\frac{1}{2}\delta^{2})\nu_{1}(u)-\delta\nu_{2}(u)+\nu_{3}(u)& = &0\\ ...
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Symmetric function of the roots of a polynomial

First, I'm a beginner. I can compute the sum of roots with the follwing: Roots[x^7 + 5 x^6 + x^5 + x + 1 == 0, x] Plus @@ (x /. {ToRules[%]}) // Simplify Of ...
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RSolve works slow and does not give an analytical solution for solving high order linear difference equations

RSolve@@{{a[n]-a[n-10]==101}~Join~Table[a[i+1]==101+10i,{i,0,9}],a[n],n} I want to get the exact form of general formulas, but ...
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Can Mathematica solve $x^{b^2} + ax^b -1 = 0$ for $x$ with $a>0$, $b>1$?

I have a problem that I can't seem to solve neither analytically nor with Mathematica. Namely, I have the expression $$x^{b^2} + ax^b - 1= 0,$$ which I want to solve for $x$ with $a>0$, $b>1$. ...
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Nonlinear system of equations

I have been working to find an equilibrium solution for a Hamiltonian dynamical system. I have reduced the problem to the simultaneous solution of 3 equations: ...
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Solve function doesn't work

I have the following system of equations that I need to solve: ...
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Strange behavior using variable in Exists

I came across a behavior that doesn't make sense to me when I tried to use Exists in Reduce. If I run commands: ...
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Ideas for NDSolve?

I'm currently trying to find a numerical solution to a differential equation of the form: D[W[X], {X, 4}] ==(-(1/(delta + G - (G X)/L)^2) + 1/(delta + (G X)/L)^2) ...
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NSolve stalls when given an equation containing Log

Why does NSolve not work for this type of equation? ...
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What are the Method options Solve command accepts?

What are the Method options Solve command accepts? Solve has the Method option, however documentation contains no methods that it accepts...
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Having trouble assigning the result of a Solve to a function

Can anyone see what is wrong with my syntax? It looks like I have successfully assigned the result of Solve to a function. I want Mathematica to return me an numeric value of the function ...
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Equation in implicit form

This is simple example: v = {1.48622576, 1.53444276, 1.42299438} v/(v + 1) Out[1]:= {0.597784, 0.605436, 0.587288} In the above case expression v/(v + 1) is ...
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NDSolve producing an overdetermined system

I am trying to build the initial model for an electro-mechanical system that I will be running in a for-loop for various inputs and parameters. Currently, the code is as follows: ...
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Problem with SquareWave in NDSolve

I would like to have a triangulare signal drive a ODE system, using SquareWave[]. Something seems to go wrong though during integration. Uext'[t] and ...
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What algorithms does NSolve use?

I've been using NSolve to find roots and now I've been wondering what underlying algorithm mathematica uses. It's probabaly similiar to ...
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Solve[Tan[theta] == (b*Sin[t])/(a*Cos[t]), theta] breaks when “Reals” is added?

Mathematica solves this equation fine: Solve[ Tan[theta] == (b*Sin[t])/(a*Cos[t]), theta] // InputForm ...
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How to solve a non-linear equation?

I am trying to solve the following non-linear equation: $\frac{i e^{-x^2} \sqrt{\pi } x}{K^2}+\left(-0.131251-0.0379031 x^2-0.0151154 x^4-0.0100462 x^6+0.5 \left(0.00273859 +0.0400003 K^2\right) ...
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Finding parameters making real part of eigenvalues vanish

I have the following $\;3\times3$ matrix: $\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0.04 -0.4 b & 0 & 0.04 -0.4 b \\ 0 & -0.08-1.2 b & -0.06-0.9 b \\ 1.04 -0.4 b & 2.08 -0.8 b & 0 ...
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What is the efficient way to code Successive Over-relaxation (SOR) method in Mathematica?

I have written a SOR method (SOR is this method) code using C-style procedural loops. However, I think there might be (much) better ways to achieve the same end in Mma avoiding these loops. So my ...
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Using NSolve in a function, selecting one indexed result and using it to plot another function containing a function containing the indexed result

I have a problem using the result pcvar[g] g e (0,1) in the plot cvar1. In the plot cvar I can use it. It must be somehow connected to clearing p in the definition of pcvar[g]. I am gratefull for any ...
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Can Mathematica solve this sort of functional/differential equation?

I am looking for differentiable functions $f$ from the unit interval to itself that satisfy the following equation $\forall\:p \in \left( 0,1 \right)$: $$1-p-f(f(p))-f(p)f'(f(p))=0$$ Is there a way ...
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Function with a sharp resonance which Mathematica fails to integrate. Why?

I'm a new user of Mathematica and I'm trying to use it to calculate the collisional cross-section as a function of energy for a given potential and decay rate. I know that the resulting function ...
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Notebook keeps running when Solve for variable

This might be a simple question for the most of you, but I am very new to mathematica so please bear with me. I'll refer to the code below: ...
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Verify “Type” of solution [duplicate]

I've written some Mathematica functions which allow the user to verify if a mathematical function has certain properties. What I'm basically doing is generating "random" functions in respect of ...
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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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Solve the system of equalities and inequalities

I have a system of expressions, in which each expression is an equality or inequality expression of the following form: Var = Var1 + Var2 Var $\odot$ number Var $\odot$ Var1 $\odot$ = $\leq | \geq | ...
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Minimizing roots of a transcendental equations [duplicate]

I'm trying to use the solution of FindRoot with parameters for further calculations. Annoyingly enough it always gives me trouble with replacing the parameters. As an example I'm attaching a simple ...
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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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Finding “Maxima” and “Minima” on a B-Spline

I need to find the "Maxima" and "Minima" on a B-Spline or more correct the points where the 2nd components of the derivate equal zero. For example: ...
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Correct use of Mathlink's MLGetRealList

I am attempting to use Mathlink from C. I have managed to return single values from mathlink to my c program, but I am having trouble with lists. Consider the Mathematica operation: ...
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FindRoot in range

I am trying to find all roots in a range, using y /. FindRoot[Sin[y] == 0, {y, #}] & /@ Range[7] which gives ...
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Solve huge symbolic system of linear equations

I have a system of 76 symbolic linear equations (i.e. some coefficients are symbolic) with a sparse coefficient matrix. However, neither Solve[] nor ...
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RSolve fails on a two-equation non-linear system

I have a system of just two recurrence equations, I need to solve them and so I use RSolve: ...