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

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Issue with the NDSolve code

With this procedure, one may determine an eigen-value function $R(a)$ for any given $\Xi$ (say 0, 25, 50, 75, 100) ...
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How to solve this equation with integers as a solution?

I want to solve the equation $$x^y + y = y^x + x$$ with $x$, $y$ are integer numbers. I tried Solve[x^y + y == y^x + x, {x, y}, Integers] How to solve the ...
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How to obtain a fixed number of solutions to $x+y=1$?

How to obtain a fixed number of solutions to $x+y=1$? For example, I want 4 solutions: $(1,0),(2,-1),(3,-2),(-2,3)$ I want to do this also on bigger equations such as $x+y+...=1$ and then I want to ...
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Tweaking Solve for systems of polynomial equations

I am trying to solve the following system of $6$ quadratic equations in $6$ variables: ...
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Suppressing negative roots in Mathematica

Problem Using Mathematica's Solve operator can sometimes lead to an output involving a positive and negative root (say when solving for a variable such as ...
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Solve[ ] with Method -> Reduce gives a different result than Reduce[ ]

Why does Solve[Sqrt[x + Sqrt[x]] - Sqrt[x - Sqrt[x]] == m Sqrt[x/(x + Sqrt[x])], x, Reals, Method -> Reduce] give a different result than ...
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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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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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An easier way to find the properties of an ellipse from its equation?

In this Q&A about fitting an ellipse to a set of points, there are multiple answers that generated general equations of the ellipse, like this one by @ubpdqn: However, the steps to find out the ...
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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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What is the formula for this numerical series?

I'm developing a questions game. My goal is that the score for each correct answer will increase as the user answers more questions. Initially there are 15 points for each correct answer. Every 4 ...
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How can I exhibit the evaluation of formulas in a Mathcad-like way?

How can I create a function F that works like this: x = 2 f1 = x^2 + 3 f2=x+5 F[f1] x^2 + 3 = 2^2 + 3 = 7 ...
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FindInstance returns Indeterminate in version 9, but not in 8

Here is a trivial system of equations in three unknowns for which FindInstance obtains a solution: ...
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Why does Mathematica struggle with solving this equation?

Consider the evaluation of the following expression In[20]:= Reduce[ 1000 * 1.0609^t == 1500, t] ...
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Mathematica implementation of Earth Movers Distance?

Has anyone implemented in Mathematica the Earth Mover's Distance (EMD)? A concept dating back to Monge 1871, used to compare histograms and images, e.g., the CIEDE2000 Color Difference algorithm. ...
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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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Inverse of a complicated function

Mathematica is struggling to find the inverse of this function f(r): ...
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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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The third argument of the Root function

Consider the roots of an arbitrary indecomposable polynomial: sol = Solve[x^5 + 2 x + 1 == 0, x] The returned expression is ...
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Counting Real roots

I'm interested on how to count the number of real roots of a random polynomials in an instant, how to put the result in a table and how to plot it in a graph.I generated 1 million random polynomials ...
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How do I solve N simultaneous equations for N variables?

I have a function: f[x_] := x + 31 x^3 + 5 x^25 Which I want to find an expansion for: ...
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NDSolve does not respond

For some sets of constants, NDSolve gives me true solutions, but when I try for example, T = 1/(2*2200), Mathematica does not respond. What can I do? The code below ...
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Solve pair of recurrence relations

[Corrected equations and added simple example] Can you solve a system of (loosely) coupled recurrence relations like this in Mathematica somehow? ...
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Solve and plot an equation that is dependent on a transcendental equation

I am trying to plot a function that uses the values of a transcendental equation as its input values: y = Tanh[(2 y + x)/2.5] z = 2.5 * Log[2*Cosh[(2 y + x)/2.5]] ...
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Why doesn't Mathematica solve $x=\cos\,x$ properly? [duplicate]

Why doesn't Mathematica solve x == Cos[x] properly? Both Solve and NSolve fail with the ...
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Nonlinear FEM and FindRoot

I'm trying to develop a kind of nonlinear FEM application using mathematica to solve a bvp like the following: $$ \gamma(u') ~u^{iv} + 2 \gamma'(u') u''' u''+ u''^3 = f(x) $$ where $u = ...
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Count and plot the number of solutions in an interval

I have equations depending on one or more parameters and I want to find and plot regions in the parameter space in which there is a specific number of solutions. For definiteness let's consider a ...
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How to plot inequalities taking into account that points must be integers and not reals?

I have solved with Mathematica 9 the following integer inequalities using Reduce: ...
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Why is FindInstance failing when I relax a set of constraints?

I'm attempting to use FindInstance to generate coordinate sets for plausible triangles with edge length distance constraints. E.g.: ...
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Why don't I get numeric values from this Solve?

Solve[ a^2 + b^2 == c^2 && a < 100 && b < 100 && c < 100, {a, b, c}, Integers] gives me this result ...
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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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Arithmetic operation on the value returned by Solve

I want to modify the value that is returned by Solve. Example: SolC1 = Solve[Sin[ π x / L] == 1, x] {{x -> L/2}} I need to add n to x so that x becomes ...
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Equation solving with GroebnerBasis

I have a system of quadratic equations defined below ...
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Why doesn't Roots work on a certain quartic polynomial equation?

In everything that follows I am using Roots to get the solutions to the equations. I start off with this equation: $$ \frac{A}{3}x^4 - x^2 + 2ax - b^2 = 0$$ Now ...
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Why doesn't FindRoot work correctly?

I'm trying to find the roots of the following equation: I need to find λs for different values of ξ. I know that for all ...
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recursively solve equation and saving the values

I am new to Mathematica. I am trying to recursively solve an equation and saving the values into a Table. Since I need the real solutions only I use ...
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Issue in ParallelTable after evaluating another function using NDSolve and FindRoot. What is wrong with this inverse?

I am trying to find the inverse of a function which is defined through NDSolve and NIntegrate. The question is pretty similar ...
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Aborts and beeps without error warning

I have a piece of code that generates a figure, performing a calculation to generate each pixel. At a certain resolution it runs fine, but after a high enough resolution it fails. Mathematica beeps ...
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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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Tips for efficiently solving large system coupled (nonlinear) ODEs

I'm trying to solve a system of nonlinear, coupled ODEs, where the governing equation for the $n-th$ ODE is of the form: $\sum_k^M Q_{nk} \ddot{a}_k -\sum_{\ell}^M\sum_k^M S_n(\ell,k) \dot{a}_{\ell} ...
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Speed up Eliminate

I have a set of trig equations, c1,c2,c3 are constants, I excepted the result is c1 c2 c3 r^2 + (c1^2 + c2^2 + c3^2 - 1) r + c1 c2 c3 == 0 but following code ...
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Finding the largest integer that cannot be partitioned in a certain way

I want to use Mathematica to solve the problem: Find the maximum $k$ such that $6x+9y+20z=k$ does not have a non-negative solution. I tried FrobeniusSolve. ...
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Solving Integrals

Here's a problem that I don't understand. f[x_] := Exp[Cos[3*x]] g[x_] := (1/3)*x^3 - x^2 + 2 When I try to find the limit: ...
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wrong use of _?NumberQ?

I am having trouble with a numerical exercise. Here's a simplified version of my problem. I define two functions to find the solution to two constrained maximization problems: ...
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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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Find constants in a function? [on hold]

Let's say I have a function f[x] with n constants, e.g. f[x] = c1 * x + c2*x^2 + ... + cn *x^n I also have n conditions to find those constants, e.g ...
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Solve works with numbers but not number stored in variable

I have the code: ...
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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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Compact form for domain ranges of many variables

When one sets up an equation to solve one often needs to specify conditions on the variables such as { x>0 && y>0 && z>0 } This is not ...
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How could I define a function as the solution of equations in Mathematica?

I have posed a specific question yesterday but it may be too trivial to answer. I think the question could be asked in a more general way so it is easier to answer. Then I could solve the original ...