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

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Creating and using an explicit piecewise function in a convenient way

I have a set of data points that define a function in the form curvePts = {data1,data2,...} where ...
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What Method options does FindInstance accept?

While answering Trouble getting FindInstance to return multiple results for certain constraints it became clear that for this problem FindInstance would be better ...
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Using quantifiers with free indices as declarative conditions in equation solving

This is a toy example: Is there a way to rewrite ...
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Faster way to perform SameQ[Reduce[…], Reduce[…]]

I'm have some expressions that I need to confirm the equality of. SameQ[Reduce[...], Reduce[...]] works like a charm for the more simple expressions, however when ...
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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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Function with a sharp resonance which Mathematica fails to integrate. Why?

I'm a new user of Mathematica and I'm trying to use it to calculate the collisional cross-section as a function of energy for a given potential and decay rate. I know that the resulting function ...
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Solving huge equations

I have this expression: $d=-\frac{\sqrt{\frac{780 (f+130) \left(5 d^2 (13 c+f+130)-5 d (c (f+1300)-325 (f+160))+125 \left(2 (2 c+725) f+5 f^2+104000\right)+13 d^3\right) \left(5 d^2 (52 c+17 ...
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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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FindRoot gives a wrong solution which obviously should not be there

I got stuck on FindRoot and I didn't see any similar problem posted, so let me explain what I am trying to do and what problem I meet here. I try to find roots of a particular function, which in the ...
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RSolve not returning known solution

I have the following recurrence relationship for which I know the solution is given by a binomial distribution: ...
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Solving a system of nonlinear equations self-consistently

I am trying to solve a set of three non-linear equations in Mathematica. I need help with them. The Mathematica code (in plain text format) is attached below. If you copy & paste the code below ...
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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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Equation involving hypergeometric functions

I want to solve this equation but nor NSolve nor Solve are able to do this. ...
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Deciding whether a semi-algebraic set is empty. Which command is best?

[Update] I was able to prove that the "larger" set $ 1\ge x \ge y,w \ge 0$ and $p(x,y,w)>0 $ is empty with another computer algebra system in my slow laptop in few minutes but in Mathematica even ...
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Question about Solve

I don't understand what Mathematica is doing to get these solutions. I ask it to solve two equations, the left hand side of both expressions are the same, the right hand sides differ by a ± sign. I ...
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Equation Solving: Solution in terms of predefined functions

Is there a way that I can have Mathematica give me the solution of a problem it has solved in terms of functions that I have predefined? The specific problem I'm trying to solve is: ...
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Using WhenEvent for derivative of discontinuous function

I have a discontinuous function ($u(t)$, a square wave) and I would like WhenEvent to trigger when the signal goes high/low, i.e. when the value of $u(t)$ changes. ...
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Problems with Simultaneous Equation Solving

Let me first explain what I am doing and then I will explain the problem that I can't figure out. I am basically trying to solve 2 equations for 2 unknowns (a1 and ...
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I can't solve this set of equations

I am having trouble solving a set of equations in mathematica. I do not get any errors, but i don't get any answers as well. I have some restrictions on my parameters and variables in the equations ...
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Nest for large value of n

I am working on a problem to find the Feigenbaum constant. In this problem I have to get $f^{2^n}(1/2)$ with $f(x) = kx(1-x)$. I use Nest to get $f^{2^n}(1/2)$ but ...
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Conditional statements in intial conditions?

This is potentially a daft question, but I thought I'd ask it; I have some material free to diffuse in a boundary between rn and ro; I've been able to get it working nicely for neumann type boundary ...
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differential equations with implicit functions

I have an ordinary differential equation that contains coefficient functions that depend implicitly on the independent variable via an algebraic equation. I am trying to go ahead and use NSolve to ...
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Why is FindRoot initial value far from the specified one?

I am trying to numerically find the root of a function that looks a bit like: 1/x - (SchurDecomposition[A[x]][[2]])[[1]], where ...
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Solving $k\log(n) - k\log(k) \leq u$

How can I persuade Mathematica to help me find solutions to the inequality $k\ln(n) - k\ln(k) \leq u$ over the reals, assuming $u \geq n \geq k \geq 1$. When I evaluate ...
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Am I entering this 2-variable recurrence correctly?

I'm trying to solve this recurrence with two variables. ...
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FindRoot - Speed and errors

I am using FindRoot[] to solve a complicated equation. It seems I get the correct answer even though I get errors about an ...
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Numerically/Analytically Solving a System of Equations

I have $6$ functions $f_i(x,y,z)$, $(i = 1, \ldots, 6)$ in three variables $x,y,z$, and I would like to find a simultaneous instance of these variables, say $(x_0, y_0, z_0)$, such that $f_i(x_0, y_0, ...
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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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Finding Values of All Nine Constants in q-hypergeometric Equation

I suspect that an identity of the form $$\sum_{j=-n}^{j=n}(-1)^jq^{j(5j+1)/2}=\sum_{r=0}^{n}f_{ar+bn+c}(-1)^{n-r}q^{(n-r)(dr+en+f)/2}\frac{(q;q)_{gr+hn+j}}{(q;q)_{n-r}}$$ for $a, \dots , j$ integer ...
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RSolve works slow and does not give an analytical solution for solving high order linear difference equations

RSolve@@{{a[n]-a[n-10]==101}~Join~Table[a[i+1]==101+10i,{i,0,9}],a[n],n} I want to get the exact form of general formulas, but ...
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Solving Thue equations

A Thue equation is a 2-variable homogeneous integer polynomial of degree at least 3. It's well-known that such equations have only finitely many solutions over the integers. I'm trying to solve some ...
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Correct use of Mathlink's MLGetRealList

I am attempting to use Mathlink from C. I have managed to return single values from mathlink to my c program, but I am having trouble with lists. Consider the Mathematica operation: ...
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FindRoot in range

I am trying to find all roots in a range, using y /. FindRoot[Sin[y] == 0, {y, #}] & /@ Range[7] which gives ...
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How can I select two lists from a list of lists so that I receive the system of equations has only rational solutions?

I want to make a sytem of equations has the form $$\begin{cases} a_1x^2+b_1y^2 + c_1xy+d_1x + e_1y+3=0,\\ a_2x^2+b_2y^2 + c_2xy+d_2x + e_2y+3=0. \end{cases}$$ so that the given system of equations has ...
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Finding undetermined coefficients with boundary conditions

I have 2 equations which are; To[x_] := c1 E^(-a1 x)/2 + c2 E^(a1 x)/2 + a2 Tu[x_] := c3 E^(-a3 x)/2 + c4 E^(a3 x)/2 Tu equals almost zero ...
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What are the hidden specifications for FindRoot

The Help page of FindRoot says: "by default, FindRoot uses Newton's method (Newton-Raphson) to solve a nonlinear system" (or a nonlinear equation I ...
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Calculating derivatives of roots of equation

I am interested in calculating how the roots of an equation change as one of the variables does, when the equation is evaluated numerically rather than symbolically. I have edited this code to be ...
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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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No response from DSolve

Using optimal control theory, I am trying to find the optimal paths of d and k such that they will maximize profit as given by lc: ...
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Differential equations: How do I solve a delay differential equation with 0-1 variables

How do I solve the following non-linear, delay-differential equations using Mathematica under the assumptions $$p(t) = 1 ,\; y(t) > k$$ $$p(t) = 0,\; y(t)<= \ k$$. $$ \frac{dw}{dt} = ...
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Why DSolve and NDSolve give different answer

Consider these code, which solve the same equation using DSolve and NDSolve, why do they give different answer? Which one is ...
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Solving asymptotic equations

Let's say I have several equations that have solutions given as a negative series $$y(t,x)=\sum_{n=-1}^\infty a_n(t) x^{-n}=a_{-1}x+a_0+a_1x^{-1}+\mathcal{O}(x^{-2})$$ My equations look like ...
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Having Mathematica solve or help solve a set of 8 equations

There is a set of DDE's that arise in leukemia dynamics and I'd like to find the equilibrium points of the system by setting all of the derivatives equal to zero. The system can be described in ...
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Making simultaneous equation solving more efficient

I am trying to solve a system of several simultaneous equations that have been generated by a series of modules and functions, using this module: ...
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Why is a bump function making NDSolve take forever to solve?

I am attempting to solve a system of relatively complicated elliptic PDEs via a relaxation technique. In particular, I am trying to solve $\textrm{div} LW = S$ where $S$ is some vector and $L$ is the ...
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Solving for vector elements in a function to which the vectors are not passed explicitly

I want to define a function which takes in two integers (indicating the lengths of 2 vectors), and solves a simple set of expressions at a set of points to find all the values in both the vectors. so ...
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Automatic inverse for Lambert’s Azimuthal Equal-Area Projection

I’m interested in finding closed-form inverses for map projection equations in general (of course, this is not always possible). I’m hoping Mathematica can help me with some of the trickier ones. As ...