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How to generate a series of bisection points of a given line segment?

I want to get the coordinates of the bisection points for a given line segment to a specified resolution. For example, when the line is given by {0,0} and {1,0}, the output coordinates should be {0.5,...
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A function generating particle-in-a-box eigenfunctions

This function sequence is defined over $\left[-\frac{L}{2},\frac{L}{2}\right]$ (all elements are valued 0 outside this interval): $$\psi_n(x)=\begin{cases}\sqrt{\frac2{L}}\sin{\left(\frac{n\pi x}{L}\...
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professionalize/optimize my code that calls a function

I have the following construction, which defines a function that I subsequently call in a loop multiple times. I use this very often, but I have never looked into if there is a more professional way ...
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Module that finds the sum of digits of any given positive integer

How can I make a module that finds the sum of digits of any given positive integer? I use this command F[x_]:= Apply[ Plus, IntegerDigits[x] ] Is there another ...
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Part::pspec error returned when using a ListLinePlot ColorFunction variable as list index

In ListLinePlot, I'm attempting to construct my own ColorFunction for coloring points differently based on a third dimension of data not plotted to a specific axis. However, ColorFunction only uses ...
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`PrimeNu` counting function

Building on this question, what is the most efficient counting function for distinct prime factors? It would obviously be more efficient if Prime and ...
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Is it possible to `Protect` a dynamic programming process?

I wrote a function using dynamic programming to speed up the evaluation. For safety, I also want to protect this function. Take factorial for example: ...
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Need to run evaluation 2 times

Why does this only work after running the evaluation 2 times? ...
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Automatically compute r[1] = r1; r[2] = r2; …

I have three variables like this, r1 = 4; r2 = 3; r3 = 1; and I want to insert them into a function use them in a function definition like so: ...
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Linearity of a function in Mathematica

I have a function which has something like myFunc[q,a state[c,d]] a could be anything, and I want to tell Mathematica that ...
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Manipulation of InterpolatingFunction

Suppose that $q[t]$ is obtained by NDSolve as an InterpolatingFunction, and I want to define $Q[t]$ to be some function of $q[t]$...
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Prime factor counting function

Is there any way I can speed up this prime factor counting function? (I am looking for all numbers in a range with 3 prime factors (counted with multiplicity).) ...
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Pure function inside another pure function

I have the following working expression: In[15]:= Length[Select[IntegerPartitions[10],First[#1]==5&]] Out[15]= 7 But, instead of using the constant 5 I want ...
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Make a differentiable smooth sawtooth waveform

So, I am trying to understand the effect of sawtooth waveform on a mechanical system model. For example, a system of a plate and a box on it. And then we try to oscillate the plate. In order to do ...
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How to exit from the innermost enclosing pure function?

Here is what I tried to do: Scan[Function[x, Scan[Function[y, If[y == 2, Return[]]; (* Do something useful *) Print[y]], x]], {{1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6}}] ...
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How to combine DifferenceRoot objects for odd and even-indexed terms

I'm trying to analyze a certain infinite sequence $S$, indexed by positive integers starting from $1$. It can be split into two subsequences: $S^{odd}$ by removing all even-indexed elements and ...
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How to insert trigonometric functions into matrices' vector components? [closed]

Is it possible to insert a trigonometric function into a matrix which will be able to be used dynamically, as an element of one of the vectors of the matrix? I'm trying to perform an operation like ...
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Programming Multipolar Expansions in Spherical Tensors

We have that a density matrix can be written in a basis of spherical tensors: $\rho =\sum _{K=0}^S\sum_{q=-K}^K \rho _{\text{Kq}}^{(S)} T_{\text{Kq}}^{(S)}$ for example for a 3x3 matrix, $S=1$, ...
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Is it possible to define a function in terms of a power series?

Is it at all possible to define a function in Mathematica in terms of a power series? For a specific example, I wish to write $x(\tau)$ as $x(\tau)=x_{0}(\tau)+\mu x_{1}(\tau)+\mu^{2}x_{2}(\tau)+\...
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Orthogonalizing polynomials with inner product depending on parameters

I need to orthogonalize the polynomials $h_n(x)=x^{2n}(1+x^2)^{-4S}$ with $x\in\textbf{R}$, $2S\in\textbf{N}$ and $n\in\{1,3,5,\ldots, 4S-1\}$ over the inner product $\langle h_n,h_m\rangle=32\pi S\...
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How to bail out from a non-applicable transformation function?

I provide a custom function in TransformationFunctions options of FullSimplify that can do a transformation only for some values ...
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Algorithm for parts integration

Sorry if this is a duplicate, I've searched how to do this to no avail. What I'd like to do is a function that integrates by parts $n$ times, i.e $$ \int u(x) v(x) dx = u \left(\textstyle{\int}v\...
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A function that (also) changes a replacement rule

I'd like to write a function operating on a list, returning a list, but also changing a replacement rule. Let's say I have a list of replacement rules: ...
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Define a function with the condition that it must be positive

I have a function f(x) and I want to define a new function g(x) that is equal to f(x) only ...
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Kernel inexplicably hangs if I define a pure function without suppressing output

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Save any unsaved work before trying as it may crash Mathematica and other programs by filling up the memory! In v9.0.1.0 on OSX 10.8.5, if I start a new ...
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Equivalent Nested Loop Structure

Consider the following examples: ...
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Gram Schmidt inner and outer products

I know the Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization generates an orthonormal basis from an arbitrary basis. I need help with: Write a program that inputs a list $\{b_1,\dotsc,b_n\}$ of linearly independent ...
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Composition of functions using slots

Apolgies if this has been asked and answered, but I'm not even sure what to search for. I have two functions defined as follows: ...
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How to implement a formal expectation operator over an unknown distribution?

I need to do some simplification of an expression involving averages over a stochastic variable (in order to verify a long analytical calculation). The easiest way to do that, I figured, were if I ...
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How to define a function with different types of arguments by setting conditions on function's domain?

I need help in order to properly define a function of $4$ variables. Given that: ...
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Implementing Bilinear Products

Consider a real, vector space $V$ with basis $B=\{v_1,v_2,\dots\}$, and let $\star:V\times V\to\mathbb R$ be a bilinear product on $V$. I would like to implement this product in Mathematica by ...
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creating some smooth density functions

I would like to create some density functions based on some distance measure $D$. As a base density function lets say I have a Gaussian density $f$ with mean $-1$ and variance $1$. I would like to ...
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Writing NDSolve-like functions

I've been using Mathematica for a while now, and there are multiple common tasks that I end up doing. I'd like to learn how to convert them into functions so that I can store them in some file and ...
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Defining commutation relations with Flat functions

Here is a minimal example of the problem I am having. ...
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Using PatternTest and/or Condition to detect equal list lengths as well as list element formats

On searching Mathematica.SE for information about overloading functions, I came across several threads about PatternTest and ...
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Get pattern from rising numbers [duplicate]

I am no mathematician or math star, yet wondering if there is a formula or a way to calculate what follows: I have series of numbers: ...
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Q-Function representation in Mathematica

I observed that there is no Q-function representation in Mathematica. The definition of Q-Function is: \begin{align} Q(x) &= \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_x^\infty e^{-\frac{u^2}{2}}du \\ &...
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bulk initialization of associative array/hash implemented with function pattern matching?

I see that we can do associative arrays in Mathematica using functions that have implicit pattern arguments, as in ...
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Declare local variable when defining a function to mimic Table[]

The problem: I want to define a function tab to replace the long line Table[f[i,j,k,l],{i,3},{j,3},{k,3},{l,3}] by a shorter ...
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Is it possible to use a mathematical expression as function name?

This might seem as a silly question, but is it feasible to use a mathematical expression as the name of a function? For example, I'm studying the cross section of Compton scattering and there is a ...
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Plotting a defined function gives different results from plotting the function directly

Consider the following piece of code: function[t_]:=Exp[-9 t^2]; LogLogPlot[{function[t],Exp[-9 t^2]},{t,.01,100}] I expect the two plots to exactly overlap each ...
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How to optimize computing a product?

Problem description Write a function to caculate the formula My solutions Solution 1: ...
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Implementing Newton's method

I have this question on coding Newton's method in Mathematica. I have some code to go by but I have no clue if it's computing the functions in the right order. The book is the numerical methods ...
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Recursive formula involving a piecewise function

I am trying to construct a recursion, g[t], where g[t] = a[t] if g[t-1] = 1 ...
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Elegant way to transform formula with sum into code

I have this formula, and many other which contains sum, I am perfectly able to do the computation over a list, however to do this I need to do it in several manual steps. Therefore, I wonder if there ...
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Calculations in sequence

I have a this calculation, as you can see it is doing a calculation on each list, from list 1 to list 4 of the datafile. My problem is that using Mapthread to do this calculation does not work because ...
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How can I define a Listable function only apply to a vector?

Consider the function f which should behave as f[{{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {5, 6, 7}}] ...
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Using mathematical notation

Is it possible to write this function in mathematica exactly as shown, and then run the expression on a dataset? Please note I know that there are several other ways to do this. I am only ...
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Logic behind Flatten and Append to in Module

I have a list(kicks), and a function(fix). I am aware of the problem using Loop and Append or AppendTo. My question is why does the Flatten produce the desired output. List: ...