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

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Eliminating functions from system of PDE in Mathematica

Mathematica users, Let's see an example of three PDEs: How can I eliminate variables q1[x,y,z] and q2[x,y,z] from a system of ...
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Efficient implementation of cubic equation of state

...In this case the Peng Robinson Equation of State. Equations of state are empirical equations with parameters derived from experimental data. They are used to predict pure component and mixture ...
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How to find an approximate solution in a region when Solve or NSolve does not work?

Consider the relation x/Tan[Pi x] == y/Tan[Pi y] Solve or NSolve can't give a solution ...
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Extracting Reduce results

I'm solving a Diophantine equation inside of a function using Reduce but I'm having trouble extracting the necessary parts of the answer. For example, if my input ...
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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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Solving a nasty equation

Here's an equation that I need to solve for $t_k$ $$ \theta_0 = \tan^{-1}\left(\frac{2(w_x - m)}{p - g {t_k}^2 - 2 t_k w_y}\right) - {\frac{1} {r}} \left( \left(\frac{m}{t_k}\right)^2 + \left( ...
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Symbolic solution to ODE, pure InverseFunction not evaluated

I'm new to Mathematica and I don't understand why in the solution of the following ODE, the #1 in the pure function is not immediately replaced by the corresponding ...
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Symbolic derivative of $n$-term product

I want to determine the relationship that must exist between the $x_i$ and $y_i$ such that $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial\theta} \prod_{i=1}^n \frac{f(x_i,\theta)}{f(y_i,\theta)} = 0, $$ where $$ ...
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Find $Y \in (0, 5)$ such that the roots of $4x^2 + 4xY + Y + 2 = 0$ are real?

The problem is to find all $Y \in (0, 5)$ such that the roots of $4x^2 + 4xY + Y + 2 = 0$ are real. I took a straightforward approach with Mathematica with the intent of listing the only solutions ...
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How can I get the exact real solution of this equation?

I want to solve the equation Sqrt[x] + Sqrt[1 - x^2] == Sqrt[2 - 3 x - 4 x^2] with real solutions (in the real domain). I tried ...
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How do I solve $1 - (1 - (A x)^2)^\frac{3}{2} - B(1 - \cos(x))= 0$?

Consider the equation $$ 1 - (1 - (A x)^2)^\frac{3}{2} - B(1 - \cos(x)) = 0 $$ where $A,B \in \mathbb{R}$ are constants. What is the analytic solution?
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How can I solve Tan[t] - t == F[x] for t as a function of x?

How can I solve the equation Tan[t] - t = Ax, where A is a constant for t[x]? I know that ...
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How to convert a system of parametric equations to a normal equation?

For example, I have a system of parametric equations (R is a constant number) : ...
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Mathematica does not understand (R^3)^(1/3) is the same as R [closed]

In the output from a calculation in mathematica stands a/((R^3*c)^(1/3)), with c and a ...
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What properties make this equation difficult to symbolically solve?

I tried to solve the following equation with Mathematica's solve: Solve[K*(2*Tan[L/2*Sqrt[P/(EI)]]-L*Sqrt[P/(EI)])+4*P*Sqrt[P/(EI)] == 0, P] It gave the ...
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Simulating a quick return mechanism

Last time, I got a satisfying answer for simulating a toggle mechanism, just as expected. NDSolve is great. I tried playing with it (as a matter of fact, @MichaelE2 ...
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Finding intersection of two graphs

Here is a toy problem: I have a (directional) line that starts from {2,0} and goes through {1.8, 0.01}. Also I have a ...
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Computing the minimum distance in a contour plot

I have the following Mathematica code ...
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Intersection of Osculating Circle with a Parametric Curve

I have the following Parametric plot Generated from the following: ...
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Simultaneous equations

I am trying to solve two simultaneous equations that are claimed to have 145 solutions but I believe they have 143, I want to check I am right before sending an email to my professor. Mathematica is ...
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Solving an Integral equation

I would like to solve the equation $$\frac{2}{p}\int_0^1((1-u)^{1-p}+u^{1-p})^{\frac{1}{p}}\text{d}u=42$$ for p numerically. I tried ...
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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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When does the real part of Zeta vanish on the critical line?

This seems to be a quite a simple problem but I cannot make it work. I am trying to find all values within a given range for which the real part of the Zeta function vanishes on the line: ...
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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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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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Solving $(-1-z)^n = z$, for $z$ in the unit circle

I want to solve the following equation: $$(-1-z)^n = z,\quad |z|<1,\quad n>1\in \mathbb{N}$$ where $z$ is a complex number. However Solve or ...
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Create Euler equation

I've tried to make some research, but without any luck. How do I setup the Euler equation for this in Mathematica?: $ \text{Min} \int_0^1\left(2x^2+ \left(4t-5 e^{r \, t} \right) x \, \dot{x} + ...
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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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How can I calculate a combination of limit and sum?

How can I solve the above problem? I enter it as: Limit[Sum[Sqrt[1 + i^2/n^2]/n, {i, n}], n -> Infinity] but this is not working:
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How can I solve an equation with symbolic coefficients?

I want to try to solve the following a x^(17/6) - b x^2 - 1 == 0 where a and b are ...
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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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Solving Simultaneous Equations

I am trying to solve two equations that take the form: $W_0 \sqrt{1+\left(\dfrac{z}{\lambda\,\pi\, W_{0}^2}\right)}=W_1\;\,\quad \ldots(1)$ $W_0\sqrt{1+\left( \dfrac{z+0.1}{\lambda\, \pi\, ...
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NSolve: Mathematica 9 issue

In Mathematica 8 the following expression evaluates and returns a result in terms of InverseFunction: ...
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Is there a way to solve the Apollonius Circle problem in Mathematica?

Assuming x, a, and b are complex numbers, is there a way to reduce the equation Abs[x - a] == k Abs[x - b] to something like ...
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Why didn't Reduce give me the right result?

My code: Clear[r1, r2]; par[r1_, r2_] := r1 r2 / (r1 + r2); Reduce[{5 par[r2, 32000]/(r1 + par[r2, 32000]) == 1.8 && par[r1, r2] == 5000}, {r1, r2}] ...
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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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Control over the way matrix is displayed

I am wondering how to change the output format in Mathematica. For example, I have $x=\binom{3}{1}$ and $y=\binom{2}{5}$, and I want to find what linear combination of $x$ and $y$ produces ...
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Solving a differential equation with initial conditions

I want to get a solution to an ordinary differential equation with imposed initial conditions. I'm confused about why my following code doesn't work: ...
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Solving Inequalities with Gamma Function

I am wondering why Mathematica outputs that the following system "cannot be solved with the methods available to Reduce". $\frac{\Gamma(\frac{1}{2}+n)}{n-1}<\frac{\Gamma(\frac{1}{2}+k)}{k-1}$ ...
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How can I get a single solution to a set of inequality constraints?

I have a set of constraints to which I require integer solutions. However, instead of needing all possible integer solutions (as obtained by using ...
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Find asymptotics of a function

Can Mathematica find the asymptotics of a function in the following sense? I have Log[1/n^2]/Log[4^(-Sqrt[Log[n]]) + (2^(-Sqrt[Log[n]]) - 1)^2] and I would like ...
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How to solve this equation with positive integers as a solutions?

This is a problem of United Kingdom Mathematical Olympiad. Find all triples $(x,y,z)$ of positive integers such that $$\biggl(1+\dfrac{1}{x}\biggr)\cdot \biggl(1+\dfrac{1}{y}\biggr)\cdot ...
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Selecting polynomial roots and plotting against parameters

An implicit function $f(x,k)=0$ is quadratic in $x$ and contains one parameter $k$ which I must vary. Using Solve, I get two real solutions for each specific $k$: ...
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How do I solve for one variable in terms of other variables in Mathematica?

I'm fairly new to Mathematica, and I'm trying to solve a complicated equation with multiple variables. I've tried the following... ...
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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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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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Solve-ing with initially unassigned parameters and Solve-ing using their numerical values produces different results

I am trying to solve an equation using the following piece of code: ...
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How to solve a “tensor equation”?

I am trying to solve equations which looks like this: $$ T_{ab} - T_{bc} = a_1 T_{ab} + a_2 T_{ac} + a_3 T_{bc}, $$ where $T_{xy}$ are tensors. I want to get the $a_i$'s (in this simple example ...