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

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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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FullSimplify inconsistent

I'm having problems using FullSimplify to simplify a differential equation. The expression is simplifying just as I would like when I express a variable ...
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Log of products to sum of logs

I have a log of products: $$\log \left(\prod _{i=1}^n \left( g(a(i,i)) \prod _{k=1}^i f(a(i,k))\right)\right)$$ That I turn into a sum of logs (I know everything involved is nice enough): $$\sum ...
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Simplification of integrals depending on a parameter [duplicate]

Assuming[Element[n, Integers], Integrate[Sin[x]*Sin[n*x],{x,0,Pi}]] returns 0, which is obviously wrong for n=1. ...
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How to express an expression with only ArcTan and ArcTanh?

I have an expression which is simply (j/k) x^(j/k) LerchPhi[x,1,j/k)] where 0 < j < k. Manually I have been able ...
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Restrict Mathematica command to what is inside parentheses

I have a bunch of expressions like this one: $\frac{e^{-\frac{7 J}{2 k T}} \left(2 e^{-\frac{2 g H \mu _B}{k T}}+e^{-\frac{g H \mu _B}{k T}}-e^{\frac{g H \mu _B}{k T}}-2 e^{\frac{2 g H \mu _B}{k ...
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Is there a way to track the Simplify process?

Is there any way to track how Mathematica actually performs Simplify, so that we can see what those "Automatic" transformation functions it applies are and how it ...
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Mathematica not simplifying square root expressions even with assumptions

I have the following expression: expr=(Sqrt[2]r Sqrt[(4+r^2) (2+r (r+Sqrt[4+r^2]))])/(4+r (r+Sqrt[4+r^2])) Then ...
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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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Simplification of double symbolic sums containing a DiscreteDelta without explicit summation range

I am trying to get Mathematica to automatically do simplifications like the following: $$\sum\limits_{q}^{q\in qV}\sum\limits_{q'}^{q'\in q'V}{f(q)g(q')\delta(q-q')}=\sum_{q}^{q\in qV}{f(q)g(q)}.$$ ...
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How to apply tags to expression terms?

I often see on this site and at the mathgroup the repeated questions on how to rearrange expression that Mathematica "likes" to keep in one form, but the user prefers in another. Consider this trivial ...
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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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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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How can I simplify $\log(512)$ to $9\log(2)$?

Can you explain me about the result of Integrate. ...
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Output to preserve dot product

I am fairly new to Mathematica and I am faced with a problem. I tried to search for the solution but it seems that I don't know how to formulate the short search request. I need to perform a matrix ...
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Simplifying just parts of an expression

I'm having trouble with the simplifications of certain expressions. A typical example of this is the following (all my variables are positive real numbers): ...
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Simplifying a trigonometric expression

I'm sure this has been addressed before, but I can't find it! I want Mathematica to simplify Sqrt[1 - Sin[π/6 - θ]^2] to ...
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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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Simplifying If statements

How can I get Mathematica to simplify the true and false clauses for If[] statements? For example: bar[a_] := a FullSimplify[If[a > b, bar[a], bar[b]]] ...
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HornerForm of polynomials in terms of E^(i x)

I want to know how to get the HornerForm of the following expression in terms of E^(I x): ...
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Simplifying the trace of a matrix expression

I have a long expression involving matrices that I derived using the NCAlgebra package. Can I simplify the trace of the expression? For example, say b is a scalar ...
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Reduce an equation by putting a new variable

I have the following equation given: $$ (26-x)\cdot\sqrt{5x-1} -(13x+14)\cdot\sqrt{5-2x} + 12\sqrt{(5x-1)\cdot(5-2x) }= 18x+32. $$ In order to solve it, I want to substitute $t = \sqrt{5x - ...
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How to expand all portions of an expression?

Consider a toy expression: expr = Sin[x (a + b)]/(y (z + c)) I would like to expand all parentheses to get something like: ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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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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Problems using hand-made transformation functions

I experience difficulties when using custom transformation rules. Below I give two concrete problems. I am interested in fixing each of them and in understanding what is wrong with my attitude to the ...
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Why Refine does not simplify Cos[2*Pi*FractionalPart[1/2*(i + j + k)]] to $(-1)^{i+j+k}$?

I am obtaining in Mathematica: Cos[2*Pi*FractionalPart[1/2*(i + j + k)]] We know that for $i, j, k$ being positive integers this expression after simplification ...
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Can't simplify Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2

Why doesn't FullSimplify[ Abs[a*Cos[x]]^2, Assumptions -> {{a, x} ∈ Reals}] simplify to (a*Cos[x])^2 but this query ...
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Simplifying a b = 1 in non-commutative products?

Yesterday, I try to define some rules for non-communicative multiplication, here. I find some quite helpful rules, but things still do not work properly; the distributive rule can't be applied (e.g.: ...
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Infinite expression encountered when simplifying ArcTan sums although the result is finite

If I attempt to simplify the sum ArcTan[1/x] + ArcTan[x] with ArcTan[ Simplify[ TrigExpand[ Tan[ ArcTan[1/x] + ArcTan[x]]]]] ...
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Mathematica doesn't simplify a simple expression

The question is simple as that. I have: ...
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Checking if an expression is equal to zero

I have 6 points in $\mathbb R^3$ as follows: ...
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Running out of variables

I am running symbolic calculations with Mathematica. Simplification of algebraic expressions is an important part of them as very often final results can be simplified considerably. Typically my ...
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Cleaning up InverseLaplaceTransforms in Mathematica

I am attempting to use Mathematica to model an electrical circuit in the s domain. The circuit contains capacitances and and inductances. I've written a series of equations using Kirchoff's laws to ...
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How to use SuperLog by loading SMLE.m

I am researching a software reliability model that has many parameters that need to be estimated. I want to use a maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) to estimate those parameters. After I searched ...
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Why are some equal expressions more equal than others?

n1 = 1/3 (2 + (-Sqrt[3] + 2 Sin[(2 π)/9])/(Sqrt[3] Cos[π/9] - Sin[π/9])); n2 = 1/2 + Sin[π/18]/(3 Cos[(2 π)/9] + Sqrt[3] Sin[(2 π)/9]); n3 = 2/3 (1 - Cos[4 π/9]); ...
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Remove annoying Conjugate

Here is an expression ...
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Checking if an Expression Falls within a Range

Is there a simple way in Mathematica to check under what conditions an expression (involving multiple variables) falls within a given range? For example, say I had a real-valued function f(x,y,z), ...
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Simplifying numerical expressions involving special functions

I've encountered the following problem. There is the identity that the special functions EllipticK[x] and EllipticE[x] satisfy: ...
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Simplifying expressions using rules that span nonconsecutive terms

Suppose there is some function with the property f[x,y] f[y,x^2] / f[x^3,y] == f[2x,y] How can I simplify an arbitrary expression that contains the lhs of the ...
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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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How to find the most compact form of an equation

I would like to know whether there is any general approach to obtain the most compact form of an equation with Mathematica. I used to believe that the ...
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Mathematica rule to express exponentials as multiplication

I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but it is a very simple question and I would imagine it shouldn't be terribly hard for someone that knows to answer. I'm essentially trying to tell ...
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Can one use Map during Expand?

Can one Map a simplifying function to the summands of an Expand before fully expanding the expression in question first? ...
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How can I prevent a polynomial from being simplified?

I'm having a problem with polynomials. Let's say I have a polynomial "2x^2 - 5x + 6 - 3x^2" .. How can I check that this expression is not simplified ? Additionally, I would like to locate the ...
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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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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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How to get mathematica to simplify a result

I have the following output $\text{Li}_2\left(3-2 \sqrt{2}\right)-4 \text{Li}_2\left(-1+\sqrt{2}\right)$. This turns out to be equivalent to $\displaystyle\log^2(1+\sqrt{2})-\frac{\pi^2}{4}$. How ...