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

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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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Passing starting values to FindRoot when called by the Shooting Method of NDSolve

According to the documentation of the NDSolve Method -> "Shooting" option, it is possible to pass to ...
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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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Improve Accuracy of FindRoot

This is a follow up question to an earlier questions I asked. The link is: Product of $N\ 2 \times 2$ matrices and subsequently solving an equation dependent on the product As I am new here, I am not ...
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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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How to solve this trigonometric system of equations numerically?

How can the following trigonometric system of equations be solved numerically? ...
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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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HarmonicNumber problem

I am looking for all the roots of HarmonicNumber, in the domain [-30, 1] and [0, 6000] for the real and imaginary parts, respectively, and where the parameter ...
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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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Unusual error message from Solve when called by DSolve

Question 111150 presents an equation nonlinear in its leading derivative ...
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How do I get all the roots within a certain range for an equation? [duplicate]

I wish to find ALL the roots of the following equation $ x \tan(ax) - c = 0$ within a range, where a and c are constants I control. I've been using ...
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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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Eliminating the Parameter: Transform parametric equation to Cartesian equation and draw arrows along parametric growth

Hey guys I really could use some help on this calc 3 problem. I'm stuck on how to write the code for this problem: a) Eliminate the parameter to find a Cartesian equation for a parametric curve. b) ...
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How to explain NDSolve that functions must be positive only?

I have a simple system of differential equations to solve but both functions should be positive: x[t] > 0 and y[t] > 0 for all t. I was not able to explain NDSolve this fact so it goes x[t] < 0 ...
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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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Find roots of a function involving Bessel functions

I'm trying to find the roots of a function involving Bessel functions. Here is my code ...
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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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Why Integral does not converge?

I am trying to solve for $\Omega$ this nonlinear integral equation: $$1+\dfrac{z}{k^2}-\dfrac{z^2}{K_2(z)} \dfrac{\Omega}{k^3} \displaystyle\int_{1}^{\infty} \gamma^2\, \text{ArcTanh} ...
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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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Solve[] unexpectedly giving empty solution sets for extremely large problems

I was calculating the set of lattice vectors in $\mathbb{Z}^4$ which have taxicab norm $r$. For example, executing ...
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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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NSolve finds real-valued results in version 9, but not in version 10

UPDATE Reals also was used in the code. Actually, I tried the following simple piece of code. ...
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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 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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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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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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$x^6-2\varphi^5x^5+2\varphi x+\varphi^6=0$ solving in radicals

How to solve the equation $x^6-2\varphi^5x^5+2\varphi x+\varphi^6=0$ in radicals using Mathematica? where $\varphi$ is the golden ratio. Solution is Ramanujan's Class Invariant $G_{125}$, Class ...
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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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DSolve returns a “wrong” solution

This wrong solution exists from mma9 to mma10.1: ...
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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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Does Solve[] find ALL the exact roots of rational polynomials?

Does Solve[] find ALL the exact roots of rational polynomials? I've done a bunch of tests where I created an expression with some analytic roots, and Solve[] always found them all. But is the ...
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Method of characteristics, recursion formulas

I'm helping a friend out with a problem. He needs to plot out the solution to a water surge in a pipeline. I have all the parameters set and I've put the equations in Mathematica, but I can't get the ...
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Roots of Whittaker W function

I am interested in finding the roots $u$ of the equation $$ W_{1,\imath b}(a)=0, $$ where $W_{\kappa,\mu}(z)$ denotes the Whittaker $W$ function, $a>0$ is a fixed parameter, $\imath=\sqrt{-1}$ and ...
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FindRoot constrained to maximum

I am using FindRoot to find the local maximum op some function, by examining where its derivative is zero. However, keeping the starting value the same, sometimes ...
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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) ...