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

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Computing the minimum distance in a contour plot

I have the following Mathematica code ...
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All possible solutions to the Matrix Equation (free variables appearing)

I am attempting to solve a system of linear equations using LinearSolve[] . In my case, the number of unknowns are more than constraints. I learnt that LinearSolve ...
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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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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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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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What would be the inverse function for the following condition?

I tried the problem but i couldn't take above condition in question in terms of f(x)
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Solving determinant of a Kronecker product of matrices gives a numerical error - why?

I am doing the following steps (code at the end of the post): I start with a 2x2 matrix (smatrix), which is a function of a single variable (u2). I want to set the determinant of this matrix ...
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Trying to solve simultaneous equations based on format found on official website [closed]

$\def\1{x_1}\def\2{x_2}\def\3{x_3}\def\f{f(\1,\2,\3)}\def\bs{\bigskip}\def\b{\begin{pmatrix}}\def\e{ ...
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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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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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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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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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Solving puzzles with Mathematica

I would like to be able to solve logic puzzles such as the one described here using Mathematica. I have copied & pasted the listed example below to save on jumping about with hyperlinks: The ...
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Solve and Reduce with Log finding unexpected root

We give equations like $\ln(1-x)-\ln(x-2)=0$ to our calculus students. This equation clearly has no solution, since $\ln(1-x)$ is only defined if $x<1$ and $\ln(x-2)$ only if $x>2$. Still, the ...
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Bounds on random number

I have a Markov Chain Monte Carlo code that uses a chi squared function to fit some data. I am running into an issue now with getting unrealistic values for some of the free parameters in the code. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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what to do when NSolve does not solve

f = 696.1125540355472 + 3.9668099604385043 x + LogGamma[1 + x] - LogGamma[169 + x] Plot[f, {x, 0, 10}] Solve[f == 0, x, Reals] NSolve[f == 0, x] I know that the ...
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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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How to speed up minimization of function

I have the fallowing code (the functions within that code are replaced by simpler ones, but the code structure is identical): $$$$ ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Cannot solve system of linear equation sums?

I cannot get mathematica to solve: The problematic code: ...
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Eliminate several variables between five Conic_section equations

I want to eliminate x1, x2, y1, y2 between these 5 equations. I tried ...
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Finding the Minimum value of an interpolating function

I can't seem to use FindMinValue to find the min. value of a curve represented by an interpolating function. For instance the below code generates an interpolating ...
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Importing data from Matlab, using data in “NSolve” and send the results back to Matlab

I have generated an image processing code in Matlab. It has several subroutines and in one of them, I should solve a system of 7 nonlinear equations. I use "fsolve" in Matlab to solve this system, ...
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How to solve an equation with two variables in Mathematica

If I solved an example equation like |x|+|y|=1 numerically, I would to get a 90° rotated rectangle. If I was to plot the equation, it would result in an image like ...
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How to increase Maximum number of steps in any other functions except NDSolve?

I want to plot an output response from a state space model. I use StateResponse[] to calculate it and then plot it. When I run my code, I face this message: ...
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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 ...
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Numerically Solving two dependent Transcendental Equations

I need to solve a system similar to the following (Except it is quite large. Solving this ought to do the job): $$ \tan[2f(t)] = 1+ t^2\ $$ and $ f(t) $ is $ k $, such that$$ \tan[2kt]-(1+k^2) = 0\ ...
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Can Mathematica help to rearrange an equation?

I have an equation which I want to rearrange so one variable is on the left side by itself. Normally, I would do this with basic algebra and identities. However, is it possible to use Mathematica to ...
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Already solved DE, now I need to rearrange and plot

I have solved for $z(w,x,y)$ in a differential equation: $$ 3\frac{\partial z}{\partial y} = 2(z-1) + (1-wy^2 )x $$ And I obtained the general solution: $z = f(w,x,y)$ Now putting in $x=0$, we have ...