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

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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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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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Is there a way to symbolically invert a piecewise function

I have a piecewise function that is continuous and strictly monotonic, like this: f[t_] = Piecewise[{{t/4, t < 0}, {t/2, t < 3}, {3/2 + (t - 3)*3, True}}] ...
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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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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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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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Not able to get a solution to a Lagrange Multiplier Equation

I assigned several constrained optimization problems to my calc IV students to solve with Mathematica, but this one is being stubborn. The function to optimize is: f(x,y,z) = y Exp[x-z] with the ...
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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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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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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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3D Plot of The Riemann Zeta Function

I am a new user and i would appreciate your help to visualize the 3D of the following function. Edit I tried this ...
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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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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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Transcendental equation inside another equation when 3D plotting

I have been trying to solve this plotting problem myself, and I have received a lot of very useful advice from here on Stack Exchange - but I am now at a complete loss as to how to achieve the plot I ...
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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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Solving a system of nonlinear equations 2

Regarding this question: Solving a system of nonlinear equations When I try to solve the same system (with the code proposed in Daniel Lichtblau's answer) with different Right Hand Side values, ...
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How do I feed data points into an equation to solve NUMERICALLY?

I start with this equation and solve it numerically for $z(x,y)$ in the range $1 < x < 5$ and $1 < y < 5$: $$ \frac{3}{xyz} - 2x - 3y - 5z = 0 $$ Then using the data points of $z$ above, ...
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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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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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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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FindRoot Infinite expression 1/0 encountered error

I have 1 equation in 1 variable, which when I use Plot, looks like this: ...
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How to solve ArcSinh equation for many differents parameters?

I am totally stuck trying to solve the equation below (1/2) x Sqrt[1 + 4 a^2 x^2] + ArcSinh[2 a x]/(4 a) == d Where a and ...
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Finding parameters for first positive root of solution to differential equation to be equal to a desired value

I have a differential equation with parameters. The objective is to vary the parameters such that the first positive root of the solution is equal to a desired value ...
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Solving One Equation with Two Variables

I am trying to solve an equation with two variables. It is the last step in the process of using the method of undetermined coefficients to solve a nonhomogeneous differential equation. The equation ...
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FindRoot finds a solution not found by NSolve

I am trying to solve a polynomial equation of higher order with non-integer exponents. When the order of the system is greater than 4, FindRoot provides a correct solution that is not found by NSolve. ...
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Solving the symbolic quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 [closed]

I need to ask Mathematica to solve the symbolic quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0. Does it give you the right answer?
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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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How to eliminate variables when using Solve[]

In certain problems, we need to solve systems of equations and get results in terms of just selected variables. For example, how could we solve eqn==0 below for ...
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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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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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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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Reduce applied to vectors doesn't work right?

Reduce[{x,0}=={0,0}, x] gives x==0 as it should, but Reduce[{x,0}!={0,0}, x] gives False, which indicates no solution ...
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Equation solving with GroebnerBasis

I have a system of quadratic equations defined below ...
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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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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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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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Solve: Merging two branches of the solution

I have the following code: ...
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How to solve numerically an equation which contains numerical intergration?

F1[x_] := NIntegrate[E^Sin[y x], {y, 0, 1}] F2[x_] := Log[x] NSolve[F1[x] == F2[x], x] I want to solve the equation, but Mathematica don't solve it. ...
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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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How can I get the general term of this recurrence equations?

Following is the recurrence relation: a[1] = 1; a[n_] := a[n - a[n - 1]] + 1 Array[a, 28] I tried to use RSolve, but it ...