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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Transform an expression to remove the singularity

I have the expression Sin[c x]/c. Clearly it is undefined at $c=0$, but that is merely a removable singularity, since $$\frac{\sin(cx)}c=x\frac{\sin(cx)}{cx}= ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Divisible

FullSimplify[ Divisible[p^2 - 1, 24] , Element[p, Primes] && p > 3] Should evaluate to True, but I get ...
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How to simplify the following trigonometry expression such that the number of used characters is minimal?

How to simplify the following trigonometry expression such that the number of used characters is minimal? (13*Cos[t] - 5*Cos[2*t] - 2*Cos[3*t] - Cos[4*t])/4 The ...
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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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Mathematica does not understand (R^3)^(1/3) is the same as R [closed]

In the output from a calculation in mathematica stands a/((R^3*c)^(1/3)), with c and a ...
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Eliminate doesn't work in Mathematica

Hello Mathematica users, I have problems trying to eliminate variable $Q(x,y)$ froma PDE, but Mathematica output is just True. The problem is that I already found ...
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Is this a bug in FunctionDomain (V.10)?

I used FunctionDomain[1/(x^3 + 1), x, Complexes] and got 1 + x^3 != 0 Is this a bug in FunctionDomain (V.10)? Can I receive $x \neq -1$, $x \neq ...
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Don't simplify an expression

I have an expression that I want Mathematica to fully expand without any simplification afterwards. I want the output to look like the following example. ...
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FullSimplify yielding different results in mathematica 8 and 9

I have been experiencing some problems running a certain mathematica file in version 9. I've tracked the problem to a particular sum that I perform. Running the same code in version 8 and 9 I get two ...
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Combining and separating sums

How can I combine or separate sums in Mathematica in the way that Together or Expand work for rational expressions? For ...
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Mathematica won't simplify the expression with obvious common factor of a fraction

I have an expression obtain from an integral, which is: Integrate[ϵ^2/Sqrt[(ϵ - u)^2 + Δ^2], ϵ] // FullSimplify The denominator and numerator of the result have ...
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Assumptions within Simplify

I am using the ratio between two error probabilities in various functions. I want Mathematica to display this ratio in the most simple manner. How do I let Mathematica know that, in this case, the ...
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Exploiting a relation among constants

Say I have two arbitrary real constants $p,q$ that satisfy $p^2+q^2=1$. Is there any way to easily declare this relation in Mathematica? Edit More specifically I have this (among others) expression: ...
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Simplifying expressions involving Sum

I am trying to use Mathematica to simplify a symbolic expression involving Sum. Particularly, I define a sum via ...
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Detecting operator Set in Assumptions

Here is a typical issue: Simplify[x + y, x = y] produces 2 True. Is there a way to detect operator ...
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integral, explicit form

I want to estimate the ratio of integrals: $$ \frac{\int \frac{4 a T^3}{\frac{4 a T^4}{3}+\Lambda_1 \left(\frac{4}{T^3}+1\right)}}{\int \frac{4 a T^3}{\frac{4 a T^4}{3}+\Lambda_0 ...
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a problem about simplifing conjugate

the situation is as follows ...
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Strange behavior of Reduce with a cubic equation

This equation: $(\frac{-a}{x})^2=\sqrt{\frac{1}{x}}$ at $a > 0$ and $x > 0$ has a clear solution $x=a^{4/3}$, doesn't it? However, ...
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How to get rid of all complex numbers and functions?

For almost esthetical reasons, I always have been fascinated by infinite sums of series and I always wonder if theyhave a closed form. A couple of days ago, I found on MSE a question related to the ...
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Non Commutative sorting in Mathematica

I have been trying to do some oscillator algebra in Mathematica and having troubles with sorting and simplifying expressions. I am using the NCAlgebra package which helps to improve the properties of ...