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

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Finding y given x from an interpolating function

I would like to put a dot on the point of a curve that has a specific y value but I don't know the x value. A simple example of my code is ...
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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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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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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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FindRoot options

I found an example of FindRoot usage that I couldn't find documented. It looks like: FindRoot[f[x] == 0.4, {x, 0, 1, 0, 1}] ...
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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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Solution of equation with power series (perturbation)

So I need to use Mathematica to find the solution of $y=x- \epsilon \sin(2y)$ as a power series in terms of $\epsilon$. I'd assume I'd need to create an equation $f=x-y- \epsilon \sin(2y)$, then ...
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Why is ToRadicals[] not able to handle all cases? Is there a workaround?

The documentation for the function ToRadicals says: ♦ There are some cases in which expressions involving radicals can in principle be given, but ...
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FindInstance (and Solve, …) abysmally slow on a fully determined system of linear equations and inequalities: why?

I took a quick look for FindInstance and Solve-related questions but came up empty for the aspect that I am curious about. So ...
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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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Recurrences of lists

Assume we have a multi-dimensional recurrence, e.g. $\qquad\begin{align*} a_1 &= (1,2) \\ a_n &= (1,2) + a_{n-1} \quad, n>1 \end{align*}$ with the easy solution $a_n = (n,2n)$. How ...
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How to find the sum all even numbers of this sequence?

I have a sequence $(u_{n})$ $$u_1= 1, \quad u_2 = 2, \quad u_3 = 3, \quad u_{n}= -u_{n-3} + 3u _{n-2} +2 u_{n-1}, \quad \forall n \geqslant 4.$$ I want to list the first $20$ terms of this sequence ...
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Solve for the intersection point of 3 surfaces

Basically, I have three 2-torus (tilted) in 3-dimensional Euclidean space. They are expressed by parametric equations: ...
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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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Equation solving with GroebnerBasis

I have a system of quadratic equations defined below ...
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How to solve this combination equation?

I want to solve the equation $$ 2n\cdot\binom{n}{0} + 5(n-1)\binom{n}{1}+13(n-2)\binom{n}{2}+\cdots + \left(2^{n-1} + 3^{n-1}\right)\binom{n}{n-1} = 1685. $$ or using alternative notion for binomial ...
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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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Symbolically solve and Plot equation involving Tan

I currently have the equation below for a beam with a hinge at various locations, the variable a can vary between 0 and 0.5. $$ Tan\left( {a\sqrt \alpha } \right) + Tan\left\{ {\left( {1 - a} ...
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Optimum number of cog teeth for two step helical gearbox

Note: Cross-posted at http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/137895?p_p_auth=8QnKtT9I. I am to design a two step gearbox. The first step is to choose the number of teeth in each cog wheel in ...
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Solve for $a$ as a function of $\beta$?

I am trying to solve this equation: $$\beta^{-a} \Gamma(a) \sin(a \pi) + e^\beta \beta^{2 a - 1} \Gamma(1 - a) \sin(a \pi) = 0$$ I tried the following: ...
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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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How to find monotonically increasing intervals of a function

I tried this code, but not working Clear[f]; f[x_] := x^3 - 3 x + 2; ForAll[{x1, x2}, x1 < x2, f[x1] < f[x2]] Reduce[%, {x1, x2}, Reals] I expected the ...
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Solving an inequality that contains Log expressions

How can I solve the following inequality: Log[1/2 + c^2] > (1.4) (30^5) 2^(4.5) 9 (0.6) (2.8) (1 + Log[3]) (1 +Log[ Log[c + 1]]) ? I tried ...
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Solving a system of equations with conditions related to the number of solutions

The equation below describes a conic with oblique axis: $$9 + 22 x + 9 x^2 + 46 y + 24 x y + 16 y^2=0$$ It is a parabola, as the coefficients in $x^2$, $y^2$, $xy$ form a perfect square. To find the ...
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Alternate parameterization of a line

There are several ways to specify a line. In Mathematica's graphics, it is done by specifying two points and then connecting the points with the Line command. But ...
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How to get exact roots of this polynomial?

The equation $$ 64x^7 -112x^5 -8x^4 +56x^3 +8x^2 -7x - 1 = 0 $$ has seven solutions $x = 1$, $x = -\dfrac{1}{2}$ and $x = \cos \dfrac{2n\pi}{11}$, where $n$ runs from $1$ to $5$. With ...
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How to solve this logarithmic equation?

The equation $$x^2\cdot\log_2\dfrac{3+x}{10}-x^2\cdot\log_{\frac{1}{2}}(2 + 3x)=x^2 - 4+2\cdot\log_{\sqrt{2}}\dfrac{3x^2+11x+6}{10}$$ has two solutions for x, namely 1 and 2. I tried ...
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Solving a system of linear equations modulo n

I have a system of linear equations $$ a+b+c \equiv 31 \pmod{54} $$ $$ 4a+2b+c \equiv 3 \pmod{54} $$ $$ 9a+3b+c \equiv 11 \pmod{54} $$ What should I input (I'm using ...
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Using RSolve correctly

I am having problems persuading Mathematica to solve even the simplest recurrence relations. As an example, how would you do the following? ...
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How do I find the intersection of a closed 3D curve given by numerical data with a specified plane?

I have a list of 3D data points which form a closed curve. My own data can't be easily generated analytically, but the qualitative behaviour is well represented by a parametric curve families such as ...
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Using external variable as a variable inside WhenEvent & NDSolve

I'm trying to use the new WhenEvent functionality of NDSolve in Mathematica 9, in order to perform an action when a variable in the system reaches a certain value. I would like this variable to come ...
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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 to substitute the following conditions into an expression?

I have an expression: $p=a\;b\; x + b^2\; y + a\;c\; z$. I want to substitute $a\;b=1$, $b^2 = 2$ and $a\;c = 4$ to obtain $p = x + 2y + 4z$. How can I tell Mathematica to do that? I dont know how to ...
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Solving a trig equation

I am trying to find an explicit solution to a trigonometric equation. It is running for a long time and I didn't get any result, but Maple solves it quickly. Why ? ...
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Intersection of two splines

I have a collection of sets of points, each set defining the segment of a (nice) curve on the unit sphere $S^2 \subset \mathbb{R}^3$. The points are computed numerically. I now want to compute the ...
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NSolve missing solutions in Mathematica 10

Running Mathematica 8.0.4 and 10.0.0 on a Windows 8.1 machine. Processed the same code with both kernels: ...
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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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Issue with NSolve

I defined the following function: sw[ θ_, ϕ_, h_] = 1/2 Sin[2 (ϕ - θ)] + h Sin[ϕ] Based upon whether I use Solve or NSolve, ...
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How to “ReplaceAll” using a set of conditional expressions instead of a list of rules [closed]

Suppose that I have two linear functions f[x_] := f0 + f1 x g[x_] := g0 + g1 x and a (possibly rather complicated) set of conditional expressions, obtained ...
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Adding noise to nonlinear control system using NDSolve

I have a nonlinear control system ...
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Computing the sign of the real part of eigenvalues in a 3D linearized system with 3 parameters

So I have this dynamical system given by: $$ \left\{\begin{aligned} x' &= a(y-\phi(x))\\ y' &= x-y+z\\ z' &= -by \end{aligned}\right. $$ where $\phi(x) = \mu x^3 - \nu x$ and $a,b,\mu,\nu$ ...
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Solving an identity

I am trying to solve this identity using Mathematica: $$3 \sqrt{5 \sqrt[3]{37}-16}=\sqrt[3]{a}-\sqrt[3]{b}-c $$ I know that a, ...
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Calculate max value

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Find all the integer numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$, $e$, $f$, $k$ to this equation have three integer different solutions?

How to find all integer numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$, $e$, $f$, $k$ that belong to interval $[-10,10]$, so that the equation $$\sqrt[3]{a x + b} +\sqrt[3]{c x + d} + \sqrt[3]{e x + f} =k$$ has three ...
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Find the domain in which a sequence converges

I seem to have a lot of problems in the format of: Given the sequence $a_n=\frac{n^\alpha+1}{2n^8+5}$, for $\alpha > 0$, find the values of $\alpha$ such that the sequence converges. However, ...
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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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Use Pattern with Vectors in Assumptions

I had a problem using Pattern with Vectors in Assumptions. Here's how I use ...
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Verify Harmonic Addition Theorem with Mathematica

I've calculated the harmonic addition theorem and would just like to check my result with Mathematica. However, ...
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Reducing exponential inequalities fails

I am quite stumped by this problem : Reduce[ N^(x-y) <1 && N > 0 , x, Reals] gives the expected result ...
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Incompleteness of FindInstance

I've been playing around with Resolve and FindInstance. I know that Resolve should always ...