Questions on manipulating complicated expressions and making them look simpler using Simplify, FullSimplify and Reduce.

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Fullsimplify does not simplify Abs'[1.-a]

I have to simplyfy an expression involving Abs' This works: FullSimplify[Abs'[1 - a], a ∈ Reals] Sign[1 - a] but this ...
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How to transform power of -1 into exponential [duplicate]

After FullSimplify, Mathematica usally gives some coefficients like ((-1)^(1/5)) But I don't want this form, I want ...
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simplification issues

The first are from an old paper, dealing with the evaluation of elastic Green function in a transversely isotropic medium (Hill 1964). ...
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Apart for complex roots?

Let p[x] be a polynomial in x and consider the partial fraction decomposition of 1/p[x]. ...
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A short notation to fix the assumption that all involved parameters are, say, positive

Often I make simplifications or other operations with assumptions. Sometimes the assumptions simply state that all parameters involved are positive. I wonder, if there is a short notation for such a ...
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Building a ComplexityFunction based on the size of the expression output

I am experimenting with the ComplexityFunction of Simplify and came up with this one: ComplexityFunction->Function[e,Rasterize[HoldForm[e],"BoundingBox"][[1]]] ...
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A simple expression that Mathematica can't simplify

I'm using Mathematica 9. I encountered an expression that Mathematica couldn't simplify to a simpler form: ...
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Simplifying an exponential expression [duplicate]

I have an expression: (1/a^13)^(1/13) I want Mathematica to simplify it to '1/a'. How do I do it? 'Simplify' and 'FullSimplify' don't work.
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Why does this happen with FullSimplify? [duplicate]

It is stated at the Wolfram Documentation Center (FullSimplify/Possible Issues) that: Why and when this could happen? How to avoid it? Any patterns? Edit: As pointed out in the comments, this ...
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How to enforce mathematica to analytically evaluate roots?

I am interested in simplifying expressions involving HeavisideTheta. A simple example could be: HeavisideTheta[1 + x - x^2 + x^3] The best I can achieve is with ...
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Simplifying symbolic expressions involving dot products

I have a function that outputs a large expression containing dot products of vectors. None of the vector components are known, so all dot products are symbolic. For instance, part of the output may ...
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How to show that an expression is 0 if FullSimplify never finishes

I have a huge expression. And I have "checked" numerically that it is 0 for real value variables. However, due to the size and structure of the expression FullSimplify seems to be having a hard time. ...
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Taking function output as shown, and processing it regardless of its history

I am making some symbolical calculations for my quantum chemistry class. I am supposed to build a wave function composed of multiple other functions, each of which is also composite of some lower ...
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Summing the probability distribution to 1 to convince myself

I have worked out a probability distribution and want to check its sum which is necessarily 1. First we write $$ r \triangleq \frac{(2 \lambda + \mu)^2}{2(\mu + \lambda)^2}, \quad s \triangleq ...
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Simplify returns wrong result [duplicate]

For some particular reason, Mathematica makes wrong calculations when using Simplify[]. I need Simplify[] for a fractional decomposition of some fractions of low-order polynomicals. Here is a ...
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Simplifying an inequality inside an answer by parts

I have the following piece of code where I'm evaluating a probability of a variable v being greater than some threshold under a Uniform distribution. ...
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How to get a more compact form of this probability calculation?

Inspired by the probability calculation here, I am trying to solve a little general one: $$\mathbb{P} (\sum_{i=1}^{m-1} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m} S_i < L < \sum_{i=1}^{m} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m+1} ...
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Better way to compute triple (or higher order) convolution

I have an identity that I want to verify. $$\sum_{i+j+k\ge ...
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Integrate[] does not work when the function has an antiderivative function

This function (1 + (1 + 1/(2*Sqrt[x]))/(2*Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]))/(2*Sqrt[x + Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]]) has the antiderivative function, since ...
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Parabola plotting tangential to x = const, and y= const

ContourPlot[ pm Sqrt[x - a] + pm Sqrt[y - b] == Sqrt[c], {x, 0, 2 a}, {y, 0,2 b}] plots a parabola, but only a part between points of tangency (a, 0) and (0, ...
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Simplifying an expression given a known variable relation

I am wondering if there is a way to simplify an algebraic expression given a known variable equation using Mathematica. For instance, I wish to simplify an expression for the heat change in a process: ...
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What does the expression “Total[funca[a,#] & /@ #] & /@ {x,y}” possibly mean?

Can the expression be simplified as "Total[funca[a,#]] & /@ {x,y}"? What does the double of "& /@" mean? Where can I find some reference? Updated According to Mr.Wizard's answer, I now know ...
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How to control factor gathering in Simplify

To make my results more readable, I need to make MMA gather terms differently. In this example, Simplify gathers terms by common z[]: ...
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How to simplify only the lowest level of a nested expression

I have a large expression that takes forever to simplify if I apply FullSimplify[...]. The expression has lots and lots of brackets that luckily already groups ...
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Why Abs[Infinity] is an element of the real numbers

Element[Abs[Infinity], Complexes] returns False, that's right. But ...
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Expand just first level of an expression

Is there a way to build a function to expand just the first level of powers and products of an expression? Edit: ...
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Handling Accuracy and Simplifying

I have the following problem. I have a system of non-linear equations that I log-linearize around a certain point, let's call it point A, using a function that I ...
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Remove redundant parameters from equation

I have random expressions like (b1 x + b2 x)/(b3 + b4/b5 x) + Sin[b6 x] where $x$ is a variable and {b1, ..., b6} are parameters to be fitted. This expression is ...
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Why don't these assumptions result in further simplification?

I'm trying to simplify an expression, which has a factor of $\lambda(\lambda-1)$, where $\lambda$ may be either $1$, or $0$. So I try: ...
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Is there a simple function identify the sign of an expression given constraints

I'm looking to find a simple function that can identify the sign of an expression given a set of constraints. I have looked around and do see that there is a few threads on this but I'm not sure I ...
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How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation

How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation: Tan[5 y/12] - (7 y/((x)^2 + (y)^2 - (3.5)^2)) == 0 i.e: $y=f(x)$ where $y$ is a explicit ...
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Convert imaginary exponentials to goniometric expressions

Can I force mathematica to re-express something like $$\left\{\frac{1}{2}i\left(\frac{1}{16} e^{-2 i (\alpha (1)+4 \alpha (2))} \left(-1+e^{8 i \alpha (2)}\right) \text{d$\alpha $}(1) \left(2 \left(2 ...
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Why is it so complicated to simplify a complex conjugate? [closed]

My question is very simple. I would like to multiply a complex number by its conjugate. Unfortunately, this seems to be extremely complicated in Mathematica. Consider the very basic example: ...
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Expanding Function Based on Congruence Classes

I'm trying to get Mathematica to expand $\quad \quad \beta_n=\sum_{r=0}^{n}\frac{\alpha_r}{(q^4;q^4)_{n-r}(q^4;q^4)_{n+r}},$ where $\alpha_r$ is an integer valued sequence that is given by ...
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Simplifying a fraction with bringing in new variables

Let's say I have a fraction like this: (a b x^2 + a^3 x) / (a^2 b x) and I would like to simplify it by multiplying both the numerator and the denominator with ...
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Simplification of a complex-valued expression with purely real components

(I'm including all the information here, as I'm not sure how much of it is necessary to solve the problem. For a tl;dr skip to the bottom) I've been working on a problem involving calculating ...
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How do I check to see if two expressions are equal?

This is what I am trying: (2 x - 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v)/(2 x + 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v) == (Sqrt[x] - Sqrt[x - v])^4/v^2 but it's not working. Can someone tell me ...
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simplifying the range of two definite integrals

Today, I tried to obtain the solution of the following equation, sol = DSolve[ {m v'[t] + \[Gamma] v[t] == \[Xi][t] , v[0] == v0}, v[t], t] The solution, of ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify simplify expressions with DiracDelta?

I want to simplify a complicated expression with some Dirac delta distributions, but FullSimplify does not do what I want. Specifically, I want ...
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Rationalize complex numbers

What is the best way to rationalize complex numbers, if not both the real and imaginary part are actually rational? According to the documentation, Rationalize ...
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Simplification assumptions strange behavior

I am trying to cancel common factors under square roots in some expression with all positive real variables: $$\text{Simplify}\left[\frac{\left(3+\sqrt{6}\right) \sqrt{g} \text{nn}^4}{2 ...
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Simplifying general solutions of differential equations (driven harmonic oscillator)

Solving general differential equations in Mathematica usually leads to somewhat unsightly results. As an example, consider the solution of the driven, damped harmonic oscillator: ...
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Simplification due to recognition of dummy indices in sums?

Today I noticed something weird concerning implicit sums. Apparently, Mathematica cannot recognize dummy indices as such and simplify accordingly. Consider: ...
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Mathematica doesn't simplify a simple expression

The question is simple as that. I have: ...
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Derive logistic choice probabilities symbolically

More generally, I am interested in learning what the current limitations of Mathematica are when using it for doing pure mathematics. A recent blog post by Stephen Wolfram (see: ...
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Expand Expression with Nested Special Functions [closed]

I am trying to study the following sequence for $a=1$, $n \ge 1$: $$\alpha_n=(1-aq^{2n})\sum_{j=0}^{n}\frac{(aq;q)_{n+j-1}(-1)^{n-j}q^{\binom{n-j}{2}}}{(q;q)_{n-j}(q;q)_j^3}$$ using Mathematica, where ...
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Mathematica 10 unable to Simplify[Cos[2 ArcCos[A]]]

Mathematica 10 evaluates Simplify[Cos[2 ArcCos[A]]] as Cos[2 ArcCos[A]], instead of the desired ...
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How to simplify an expression using a differential equation as an assumption?

I have a fluid dynamics flow described by a 3D velocity field such as u = {ux[x, y, z], uy[x, y, z], uz[x, y, z]} I want to calculate ...