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

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How to get vertices of a polytope given by equalities and inequalities?

I have a polytope given by some equalities and inequalities, how can I get all the vertices of the polytope? If there's a way to deal with the one given by inequalities only, how can I reduce the ...
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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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Using DSolve to solve for x[t,parameter]

I'm trying to solve an ODE with two independent variables (a cannon firing from a cliff incorporating wind resistance dependent on velocity). I've tried the following for the x-component: ...
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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 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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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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Very slow mathematica finite differences

I have a simple code which solves an equation by an explicit method (FTCS). It takes mathematica several minutes (mathematica 10.0.2) to finish the calculation while the same code in Fortran runs less ...
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How to solve the equation $A \sin x + B \cos x = 0$ for all $x$?

I have the equation: $A \sin x + B \cos[x] = 0$ that should be satisfied for all the $x$. Of course, the solution is obvious: $A=B=0$, but I need Mathematica to resolve it automatically because this ...
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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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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 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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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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How to solve a transcendal equation

I want to get the solution x of this equation a (-(1/(1 + b c + a x)) - Log[b c + a x] + Log[1 + b c + a x]) - d = 0 in ...
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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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Error/warning when using NSolve for simple equation

I am using NSolve to solve an equation, as shown here: ...
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How do I generate a set of n-tuples containing integral solutions to a linear equation provided certain constraints?

Let $m,k,p$ be fixed positive integers. I want to create a table of k-tuples $(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_k)$ comprised of solutions in positive integers to the equation below: ...
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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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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): $$$$ ...