Questions about the use of built-in Mathematica functions, including pure functions.

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Passing a function as an argument of another function [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pass function or formula as function parameter I am trying to implement a simple Plot[]-like function, with the same synopsis; my first (and unique so far) try would be ...
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Growth of functions

Does somebody know if Mathematica can be used to calculate the growth of functions, that is in Big O, Theta, and Omega and find proper $n_{0}$ and $c_{1}$, $c_{2}$ respectively?
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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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A command for outputting a list of parameter values in a Manipulate interface

I am looking for a command that will output a list of values that correspond to the current parameter values manually set on a particular Manipulate interface. For ...
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How to make a function that evaluates an expression?

I'm trying to make a function where the input is an expression, but somehow it just won't be evaluated. For example, this little function doesn't work: ...
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Plugging values into functions

I am very new to Mathematica, and need to know how to plug values into existing functions. For example, Math World supplies the following code for building a truth table of ...
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Creating a matrix from the output of a variable inside a for loop

I would like to enter the results of the following loop inside a matrix as its elements: ...
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Why can't D[] be used in place here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: General::ivar is not a valid variable when plotting - what actually causes this and how to avoid it? Beginner question: Why can't I use ...
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About high dimensional integrals

I want to be able to do high dimensional integrals like, (..naively I wrote it as this..) ...
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How to mix Unevaluated property of function arguments with expression assignments?

This is a follow-up to my (solved) question How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments) Say, I have a binary function ...
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Why does Hash return different values in Version 7?

This function does not work correctly for me. The generated Gravatars do not match the ones actually produced by using the corresponding address. The problem was traced to differing output from the ...
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Plot Even Piecewise function

Is it possible in Mathematica to plot an even piecewise function like: $ f(x) = \begin{cases} 3t , 0 \le t \le \frac{\pi}{2} \\ 3t + 6 , \frac{\pi}{2} \le t \le \pi \end{cases}$ which has ...
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How to distribute a generic function of two arguments (without evaluating the arguments)

I guess there is an easy way to do this, but I can't seem to figure it out. What I would like to do is to distribute a generic (i.e. without specifying what this function really does) binary function. ...
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Using non-Graphics primitives when exporting to .cdf

I'm trying to embed a "Manipulate" applet I've created into a webpage by embedding a .cdf. I'm running into a problem with displaying outputs from functions I've written. Here is a simpler example ...
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Demonstrating Ackermann's Function

The Ackermann function is an extremely fast growing function. There are some slightly different versions of the function, but the one that I am looking for can be defined as: $$ A_0(x)=x+1 \\ ...
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How to set a function as a parameter?

In case I want to know whether a given function $f(t)$ have some property, I tried to write something like this: ...
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How to pull scalars out of a function that should act on lists?

Suppose I have A = a vecA B = b vecB where a and b are supposed to be arbitrary scalars ...
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How can I save and recall my own function?

In MATLAB, I can save and recall my own function using an M-File(function or script) How can I do something similar in Mathematica? I already searched and know how to define functions and modules ...
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Map w/ multiple arguments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I use Map for a function with two arguments? If I have a function: F[x_,y_,z_]:=x*y*z and I want to call it with several ...
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Plotting two functions with dependent input function

I have defined a function: myJ2[n_] := 1/n* Total[RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[0, 1], n]^2] This is basically an approximation to the gaussian integral. I ...
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Nested If statements

When I do this: Apply[(If[#2 == what, "yay", If[#2 == whoops, "nay"]]) &, {-5, what}] I get: yay But when I do this: ...
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Handling Indeterminate Forms

I'm running a sum, the elements of which are calculated by calling functions that I wrote. The only issue is, I've implemented this pretty stupid solution where I have 4 or 5 (nested!) if statements ...
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How to organize and run functions?

I am very new to Mathematica. I thought I would try it out for my first assignment in my computer science class. Until now I have only used C-base languages including C#, Java, Objective-C, and ...
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ReplaceAll[] and Limit[] don't give correct results for this expression under extreme variables [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients 1/x^2 + (3 + x)/(6 (1 - Exp[x] + x)) ——This is a ...
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Computing a logarithmic function

Possibly this is a very lame question for this site. There is a function $f(n)=-\ln(a*n); \space \Bbb Z \to \Bbb R$, and I want to define $a$ for pairs of values. For example: $f_1(n_1)=15; ...
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How to define and use a linear function

I have the following equation $T = -800n + 12000$. I know that this is a linear function and that the two points $(0, 12000)$ and $(15,0)$ lie on the line. When I have 2 other values of n between 0 ...
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Piecewise function with a function as argument

I want to define a piecewise function, which has two arguments, one of which is a function of the other's piecewise argument. I am giving an example ...
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How can define a set of nested parameters

I would like to know how I to define a function with a nested set of parameters (or whatever you would like to call it). For example, how would I get the following function ...
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Using an InputField to define a function to compose with a sequence

I am still trying to figure out Mathematica (started early August). I am trying to write a program that will accept an arbitrary function and an arbitrary sequence that can start at an arbitrary ...
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First evaluation fails

I am fairly new to Mathematica (version 7), so please bear with me... I have duplicated, in Mathematica, a program that I originally wrote in C (it generates OEIS sequence A191837). The problem is ...
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Applying And to lists of Booleans

I'd like to take {True,True,False} and {True,False,False} and apply And to get ...
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Get the first element after the first sequence of length N of consecutively increasing values

I'm looking for an efficient way of extracting the first element after the first sequence of N consecutive elements in which the values are increasing. If these are the data of a toy example: ...
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Determine whether some expression contains a given symbol

Given a symbol t and an expression expr, how can I determine whether or not the symbol t ...
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How to explain the results of the following integrals?

Why does the following program lead to different results of a21 and a211? ...
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How can `SquareWave` be used as the input in `OutputResponse`?

I'd like to compute the response of a TransferFunctionModel when driven by a SquareWave. Here's a simple example, ...
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Implementation of builtin function Fold

In the documentation for fold, it says Fold[f,x,list] gives the last element of FoldList[f,x,list]. But this is surely not the way it is implemented, right? ...
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RootSum result manipulation/simplification

Consider the sum sum1 = Sum[ k/( k^7 - 2 k + 3), {k, Infinity}] ...
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GeoDirection and GeoDistance Memory Leaks: How to Recover the Memory?

The functions GeoDirection and GeoDistance have memory leaks. To see this, run the example functions below and watch as the Physical Memory Available in the Windows Task Manager, Performance tab, ...
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How does RootOfUnityQ work?

How does Mathematica's RootOfUnityQ function work? That is, how does Mathematica know if a number is a root of unity? Example: Let $x = \frac{1-i \sqrt{2+\sqrt{5}}}{1+i \sqrt{2+\sqrt{5}}}$. Then ...
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Evaluation of self-defined functions

I defined a function that I call disc which I want to minimize later. The function is defined as ...
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Constructing lists by applying functions to another list

Suppose f is a function of two variables: $f = f(x,y)\quad$ and $L$ is a list. Could someone help me in defining a list of the form: $D = \{f(x,y)\ |\ x \in L,\ y \in L\}$ I tried this: ...
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Assessing argument type in set delayed function definitions

I'm wondering how to properly assess the type of arguments passed to functions defined with :=. I want my functions to be the most efficient, unambiguous and clear ...
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Why is the CTRL + / not working?

I've learned how to use this shortcut to input fractions in the 2D form, it worked nice on my notebook but I can't make it on my desktop. Any tip on what could be happening?
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How to substitute variables in interpolated function?

I'm looking for the way to substitute variables in interpolated function again to original one. (I want to know how to get P(r, theta) from Psol(v, w).) The original variables : ...
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How Can I Use Conditional with Rational Domain Restrictions [duplicate]

I am reasking this question in a new thread. My previous post How Can I Use Solve/Reduce Output? seemed to have led to a an interesting dissussion of how to (better) solve the problem that produced ...
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How Can I use Solve/Reduce Output

Suppose I want x and y to be rationals Solve[ x^2 + y^2 == 1, {x, y}, Rationals] I am ...
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Evaluating an If condition to yield True/False

I would like to decide whether an option passed to my custom function has the value Automatic or something else. This is my attempt: ...
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Get unevaluated option value?

This is kind of a follow-up to this question. I want to be able to define a function that takes an option, and then, inside the function, retrieve and test the unevaluated value of the option. For ...
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ProbabilityDistribution PDF on boundary points

I would like to evaluate the PDF of a custom ProbabilityDistribution at the min and max values. However, PDF[...] returns 0 at ...