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

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Simplify expression to Integer

I have the following function: f[n_]:=(n-1) E Gamma[n,1]; I know that this expression always evaluates to an Integer, but Mathematica doesn't always output the ...
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Why don't 1. (0. + a) or (0. + 1. a) simplify?

I'm handling some mixed-numeric-analytic expressions, and I feel I'm missing some subtleties of how Mathematica handles simplification of such expressions. In particular, I was initially puzzled by ...
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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. However,...
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Limit for Matrix expression

Let's assume that $Q_0$ is $3\times 3$ matrix with $\det Q_0\neq0 $ and $$ Q_{i+1} = \frac{1}{2}\left[ Q_i+(Q_i^{-1})^T \right] $$ I need to find next limit: $\lim _{i \to +\infty}$$Q_i$. In other ...
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Need explanation on strange behavior of Simplify under given assumption

This is quite surprising to me. Simplify[a == b, {a == {1}, b == {1}}] a == b does not evaluate the equality, while <...
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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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Why doesn't Lambert function (ProductLog) simplify?

I have Simplify[ProductLog[x*Exp[x]]] By the definition of the Lambert function, this should be simply x. But Mathematica outputs this: ...
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Simplify Binomial Function

The following input ...
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Inequality with assumptions not simplifying

Can someone explain to me why the following does not simplify to True (as all constituents are positive)? ...
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What is the reason that $zz^*$ is not written as $ |z|^2$ sometimes?

For a general (complex) number $z$ I sometimes get terms that explicitly writes (for instance) $$2zz^*+|z|^2. $$ I should add that these expressions come from long calculations involving packages (...
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How to simplify symbolic expressions with KroneckerProduct

Having $X,Y$ being symbols for matrices, I was wondering if there is a way to simplify expressions like KroneckerProduct[X, X] + KroneckerProduct[-X, X] to ...
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on simplifying an expression

After some integration process, I ended up with the following expression: ...
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Converting expressions to “edges” for use in TreePlot, Graph

This question is similar to this: Nested list to graph. How to "flatten" an arbitrary expression, eg expr = a[b[c, d[e][f], g], h] to a list of key-value pairs ...
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Trace of FullSimplify

I have a symbolic function and I used FullSimplify command to simplify the equation given below. I am calculating it by hand but I couldn't reach the same solution. ...
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ReplaceAll problem

Bug introduced in 10.1 and persisting through 10.2 or later Confirmed, as bug, by WRI: [CASE:3402234] I am trying to combine terms of the type ...
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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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Partial result of aborted evaluation of FullSimplify

When FullSimplify invoked on a large expression, it can run for hours. If I do not have time to wait, and abort the evaluation, I get no result, although, ...
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How to simplify my expression to the style of “a+b*I”?

How to simplify my expression to the style of "a+b*I"? Expand[(E^(I θ) (-1 + E^(I n θ)))/(-1 + E^(I θ))] ...
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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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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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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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Simplify $\cos(n \pi)$ and $\sin(n \pi)$ when n is an integer

I was trying to calculate this integral in Mathematica 9: 2/π Integrate[ Cosh[a x] Cos[n x], {x, 0, π}, Assumptions -> n ∈ Integers] I got as a result : $$\...
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How to reduce expressions with complex coefficients in the form of a+0.*I

I'm trying to get an eigenvalue equation in Mathematica, and the result is an expression with coefficients of the form a + 0. I. For example, Is there any clever ...
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Is there a version of Together that doesn't cancel common factors?

I'm running code that produces a long combination of rational functions with free constants that need to be tuned such that the combination vanishes. My current method is to put the combination over ...
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Simplifying a trigonometric sum

I want to caculate Cos[θ] + Cos[2 θ]+ ... + Cos[n θ] Sum[Cos[k θ], {k, 1, n}] ...
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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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Forcing Mathematica to use certain simplification rule

I'm trying to force Mathematica to use following transformation function ...
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Why does this sum not simplify properly?

I was trying to get Mathematica to simplify some moderately ugly sums and I ran into some pretty weird behaviour, which I tracked down to the following example. I'm working with Christoffel-Darboux-...
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How to Collect a variable multiplied by a constant?

I'd like to use Collect to get terms that have a variable multiplied by a constant. For example I'd like: Collect[x + b x, b x] ...
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How to simplify expressions by closing open inequalities?

Recently I have often acquired results which consist of combinations of 0, 1 and 2-dimensional (in)equalities. For instance, consider a very simple case with ineq1 ...
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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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Simplify 2D polyhedral Regions like Interval

I don't think there's a built in "RegionSimplify" for polyhedral Regions and derived akin to how Interval automatically simplifies its argument expression: ...
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Using FunctionExpand to evaluate symbolic derivatives

Some symbolic derivatives of certain special functions are not expanded automatically, but FunctionExpand often helps to get a derivative-free closed form ...
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Moles/Liters doesn't get simplified to Molar even though Molar*Liters gets simplified to Moles

Why can't Mathematica 9 simplify mol/L to M, when it can simplify M*L to mol? ...
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Unexpected behaviour of Simplify

I'm evaluating an expression and to me the result should be True but Mathematica is giving me a different result. ...
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Simplify — is this simplest result Mathematica can provide?

I have a question about Simplify: When I do a simplification the returned result is not as simple as I want. When I ask for the Norm of an complex expression, ...
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Removing Abs from Abs[a + Exp[I*c]b]^2

Title says it all. Mathematica produces sometimes expressions of the form Abs[a + Exp[I*c]b]^2 where all three quantities a, b and c are positive real numbers. ...
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Replacements/Substitutions in Mathematica

I am a new user of Mathematica and have some questions about the simplifications of calculated expressions. I am unable to attach an image of the session, but my Mathematica commands are: ...
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How to simplify 1 - Cos[2x] to 2 Sin[x]^2?

I want to reduce all Cos[2 x] to 1 - 2Sin[x]^2, it seems Mathematica will always simplify ...
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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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How to group the powers of one variable?

Consider the following expression: $\sqrt{a x} \sqrt{b x}$ What do I use to make it simplify to: $\sqrt{ab} x$ I tried actually everything (Simplify, FullSimplify, Collect and so on...) and such ...
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Validating simplifications analytically

I have a rather complex expression which I would like to simplify and check my work along the way (Mathematica does not simplify very basic things and it is frustrating me). In the following example, ...
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How to find monotonically increasing intervals of a function

I tried this code, but not working Clear[f]; f[x_] := x^3 - 3 x + 2; ForAll[{x1, x2}, x1 < x2, f[x1] < f[x2]] Reduce[%, {x1, x2}, Reals] I expected the ...
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How to use ForAll to prove things about functions?

Suppose I first declare: $Assumptions = ForAll[{a,b}, b > a, f[b] > f[a]] I (wrongly, as it turns out) assume that that this would cause ...
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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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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 _{i=...
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How to prevent Mathematica combining similar terms?

For example, given: x + 2 x y - x y + y I need to put it in this form: x (1 + 2 y) - y (x - 1). But Mathematica will simplify (...
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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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Rewriting expression in terms of factor

I have two expressions: expr = (a - R)^2 (a + 2 R)/(2 R^3); factor = 1 - a^2/R^2; I would like to write expr in terms of <...