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

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Series identity with binomial coefficients [duplicate]

I have this apparently simple equation: ...
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Arrange equation in normal form

Is there a way, or if not, how could one define a function which takes an equation in any form (for example as given by FullSimplify): $$(A+X_0) x+By=3x$$ and ...
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Strange behavior when setting NumericQ of a symbol

It happens both in v9&v10. If you try this a^0 a^0 (1/a)^(3/2) a^0 (1/a)^(5/2) Mathematica returns 1 (1/a)^(3/2) (1/a)^(5/2) It's trivial. ...
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Problem with Simplify, Sqrt, and Set: What's going on?

I am having some trouble getting Mathematica to simplify an expression of the form Sqrt[x]*Sqrt[1/x], where x>0. The problem is that x is assigned to some complicated form by the time Mathematica ...
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Force Mathematica to return numerical answer to (relatively) complicated differential function

I am trying to take the Laplacian of the LogDet of a 2x2 matrix that I call V\[ConjugateTranspose].V, and actually get a number out at the end. Why does Mathematica ...
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Isolating cross terms

I have a set of expressions that contains terms like $\frac{1}{(x + a + b)(c+d)}$. I would like to simplify the denominator so that products of $a,b,c,d$ are dropped, but $x c$ and $x d$ are kept. ...
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Why does Mathematica not restrict the domains of Rational Expressions?

As taught in High School Mathematics: $$\begin{array}{ccl} \left\{ {(x-3)(x+3)\over 5(x+3)} : \ x\ne -3 \right\} & \ne & \left\{ {x-3\over 5} : \ x\in\mathbb{R} \right\} \\ \left\{ ...
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FullSimplify missing trivial rewrite

I'm trying to understand why Mathematica fails to find the Stirling numbers in the second sum below: ...
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How to Simplify exponents?

I need to divide a Gaussian Mixture by it's widest component. When I do this, the exponents of the output end up a mess of terms in need of simplification, but ...
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Evaluating complicated trig without resorting to numerical methods

I have an angle theta given by Kx = (2/Sqrt[3]) ArcSin[Sqrt[3/10]]; Ky = (2/3) (ArcCos[(1/5) Sqrt[7/10]] - Pi); theta = Cos[ArcTan[Kx, Ky]]; This evaluates, by ...
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How to simplify cases given with Piecewise function?

MMA gives me an answer in the form $$ \begin{cases} f(k_1) & k_1=k\\ 0 & else \end{cases} $$ which is obviously just $f(k)$. Can I make MMA simplify this expression to $f(k)$? The ...
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Drop terms in expression

Suppose I have an expression of the this type: Quantity["Epsilonzero"] a (b + c Sin[ω t])^2 where t is time. I am interested in "extracting" the non ...
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What am I missing!? Simple symbolic sum not simplifying

I'm VERY confused: in what universe is the following not zero? FullSimplify[2*Sum[Subscript[f, i], {i, 1, q}] - Sum[2*Subscript[f, i], {i, 1, q}]] Mathematica ...
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Simplifying terms in a Sum expression

I have a sum in the form of pure function s = Sum[f[k], {k, 0, # - 1}] & of perhaps complicated terms f[k]. The terms ...
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How can I simplify the result of a differential equation by using my own defined expressions? [duplicate]

I want to solve the following differential equation with mathematica: α β * w''''''[ξ] + ( 1 + α - p ) * w''''[ξ] + p/β * w''[ξ] = 0 The answer seems at ...
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Simplifying an answer returned by DSolveValue

Consider the IVP: $$x'=\frac92-\frac{x}{300+2t},\quad x(0)=0$$ Working the solution by hand, the answer is: $$x(t)=450+3t-\frac{4500\sqrt3}{\sqrt{300+2t}}$$ Entering code and then attempting to ...
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PowerFactorial and Factorial

After some computation, I have obtained a function PowerFactorial[1, n, -1]. Clearly, PowerFactorial[1, n, -1] equals ...
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Simplifying square root expressions

I have read lots of questions on square root simplification on MMA, but I haven't really seen my problem posted (or understood a clear way to deal with this issue). I am simplifying some expressions ...
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Series expand root of quartic polynomial containing many real parameters and FullSimplify return `Indeterminate`

Using Mathematica I can get the Eigenvalues of the following matrix (using Quartics->True): ...
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TensorReduce not simplifying transpose for symmetric matrix?

I know Mathematica is not very good with symbolic manipulation of matrix expressions, but I was surprised to find that it can't reduce the following expression: ...
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Simplifying conditional expressions using assumptions does not work

I have a conditional expression f[x_] := x /; x ∈ Reals This works fine for normal numbers and symbols, e.g. ...
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How to simplify -a*z+a*z to 0 where “a” is an expression

Consider the following: a = 1+(x+y+z+u)^10000 (* Out[57]= 1+(u+x+y+z)^10000 *) e = -a*z+a*z (* Out[59]= z (-1-(u+x+y+z)^10000)+z (1+(u+x+y+z)^10000) *) How can ...
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How can I write a do loop as a table?

I have a do loop that looks like this: Do[a = -1; b = 1; c = n; d = a + b + c; Print[d], {n, 1, 12}] which gives the output: 1 2 3 4 5 ...
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Force a negative square root to be interpreted as an I

I have expressions like $$\sqrt{-\sqrt{1+x^2}} $$ how can I force mathematica to systematically rewrite this as $$i(1+x^2)^{1/4} \quad ? $$
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Simplify power of KroneckerDelta

Why doesn't Mathematica simplify the following expression: FullSimplify[KroneckerDelta[x,y]^3] Since KroneckerDelta only ...
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Computation doesn't Finish

I'm trying to solve some problem by the following code: ...
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Replace expression, but only “outside” of a function [duplicate]

I have a horrid expression, which is basically a sum of exponents with coefficients. Here's a taste: What I want to do is to replace ks with another expression, ...
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Why is this evaluation halved when adding units?

Why does this strange behavior occur when dealing with units and quantities? ...
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Merge Roots of Polynomial

How can I make mathematica "merge" solutions of a polynomial by using $\pm$ instead of listing the two solutions fully with only one sign difference? In particular, I am looking to "compactify" the ...
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Symbolic Tensor Algebra

I need to perform basic tensor algebra in order to double check some very complicated simplification. It's nothing fancy, it just has so many factors by the end that it's hard to tell if an error has ...
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Let mathematica combine integral limits

Is there a way to teach mathematica to combine integral limits according to $\int_a^b f dx+\int_b^c f dx=\int_a^cf dx$ to simplify expressions like $\int_0^1 f[t] dt+\int_1^x (1+f[t]) dt$ to $\int_0^t ...
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How to simplify Boolean expression

I would like to simplify $$((p\oplus q)=True)\wedge(p=True)$$ to $$q=False$$ I was hoping BooleanMinimize[((p ⊻ q) == 1) ∧ (p == True)] would do the trick, but ...
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Extract common factor from vector or matrix

I can't believe this hasn't been asked before but I can't find anything. Is there a way to convince Simplify or FullSimplify to ...
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Why does Mathematica show 4095/4096 terms in TrigExpand?

Clear[x, n]; expr = Cos[x]^(n - 2) (1 - Cos[x]^2 + Sin[x]); r=TrigExpand[expr] Where do those 4095/4096 comes from? It is correct, but it seems very strange ...
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Trying to Simplify an Expression

I'm trying to simplify an expression: ...
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Simplify binary expressions

Is it possible for Mathematica to do simplifications for expressions where the variables are binary, such as: a + b = 1 + 2*c => a + b = 1 Here c must be 0 because if it is 1, the RHS is 3 but ...
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How to prevent simplification?

I have a question about the concept of simplification. I want to explain it with an example. When I write $4/8$ in mathematica, output is 1/2. How can i return ...
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hold specific pattern in symbolic calculation

I encounter some questions when I try to simplify a symbolic expression using Mathematica. For example, I got an intermediate expression ...
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Prevent Simplify from using cot

I have the following problem. I got a huge equation to simplify and in there are numerous $\cos(x)$ and $\sin(x)$ terms and now it happens that Simplify changes terms like $(...+\cos(x)*a+...)$ to ...
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Write Integer powers as products

I need to wirte all occasions of (a+b)^3,Ftp^2, Sin[th]^2, ...etc as (a+b)*(a+b)*(a+b), Ftp*Ftp, Sin[th]*Sin[th], ...etc ...
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Using assumptions when calling Simplify from Collect

I am quite new to Mathematica, so please be patient ;) I have a very long equation that I have to sort for powers of a variable called e and that I want to ...
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Minimizing a function with a constant $l > 0$

I'm VERY new to Mathematica and would like some help with minimizing a function. $$f(x) = \frac{1}{2} \sqrt{\frac{\left(l^4+x^4\right)^2}{l^4 x^2}}$$ I want to find which $x-value$ (probably ...
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FullSimplify wont simplify to expression with lower SimplifyCount

I have been trying without success to get FullSimplify to work on some trigonometric expressions. It refuses to convert them to forms that are clearly much ...
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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 ...