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

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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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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 ...
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Simplifying expression involving total derivatives [closed]

I'm trying to simplify expressions involving partial derivatives of an abstract functions. To obtain the human readable result, I would like to gather terms of total derivatives and hold on ...
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Why doesn't Log[Gamma[]] simplify to LogGamma[] where it could?

I have been playing with various equations involving amount of permutations in relatively large sets. Easiest way to look at these is something like Log[10, bignumber!] . Often expressions, even ...
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FullSimplify used with Assuming giving unexpected results

Can someone shed some light on why Assuming[{x ∈ Reals}, x (Sign[x]^2 - 1)] // FullSimplify returns x (-1 + Sign[x]^2) ...
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How do I make Mathematica understand roots of unity?

Try the following: z = Exp[2 \[Pi] I / 5] Z = { { z, 1 }, { 0, 1/z } } Simplify[MatrixPower[Z, 5]] //MatrixForm Of course, this should return a 2 x 2 identity ...
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Join all square root expressions?

Sometimes I observe Mathematica produce expressions exactly like the following after a simplification step: $$\frac{a+\sqrt{-(1-b)}\sqrt{\frac{1}{b-1}}}{\sqrt{c}\sqrt{\frac{1}{c}}}$$ Now, any ...
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Simplifying expression to evaluate limit as $y\rightarrow 0$

I often end up with a function that contains the term $1/(1 + x^2/y^2)$, and I need to evaluate this in the limit $y\rightarrow 0$. By hand, I can rewrite this as $y^2/(y^2 + x^2)$, but how can I tell ...
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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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Puzzling behavior produced by Exists

I need to simplify a set of solutions of a system, say for example: ...
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Problem with simplifying Sinc function

$Assumptions = x ∈ Reals && y ∈ Reals && a ∈ Reals && b ∈ Reals; These work: ...
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Simplify expression to Abs

FullSimplify[Sqrt[1/(a^2 b^2)], Element[{a, b}, Reals]] gives Abs[1/(a b)] How do I simplify the following expression ...
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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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Evaluating Abs'[2 x] gives different results than evaluating D[Abs[2 x], x]

I noticed the following difference Assuming[x ∈ Reals, FullSimplify[D[Abs[2 x], x]]] (* 2 Sign[x] *) Assuming[x ∈ Reals, FullSimplify[Abs'[2 x]]] (* Sign[x] *) ...
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Calculate information entropy integral in infinite square well problem

In the context of information theory, entropy is a measure of uncertainty of a random variable. In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle states that $\Delta x\Delta k \ge 1/2$. The same can be ...
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Transform Piecewise[] into sum of indicators

I'm interested in transforming a piecewise defined function into a sum of indicator functions, ultimately with the aim to be better able to integrate them. As an example I would like to transform the ...
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How do I prevent exponents from being expanded when displaying text

I have a power of 2 in a list, and I want it to show as $2^{31}$ (2 with exponent 31), not 2147483648. I've tried this: ...
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How to show factorial in expanded form with variables

When evaluating the following (Factorial[n + 1]/Factorial[(n + 1) - (k + 1)]) with Mathematica 9, the result is sent to output as ...
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How to expand a general expression in cross and dot product in Mathematica

I am looking for a way to simply the general expression in cross product and dot product with general vectors. I got a help in How do I simplify a vector expression? but soon I find that it doesn't ...
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Nested Sums to multiple sum

I would like to automatically "move nested sums to the left". I mean, just take out of an expression all the summations and go from a nested Sum to a multiple sum. Something like starting with: ...
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FullSimplify inconsistency

I'm pulling my hair out with this one. I have two complex functions f and g, ρ is real. ...
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Cancelling units in two-argument ArcTan

Consider ArcTan[3, -3] (* out: *) -Pi/4 ArcTan[3 a Sin[t/2], -3 a Sin[t/2]] (* out: *) ArcTan[3 a Sin[t/2], -3 a Sin[t/2]] However, we can fix the ...
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Simplify equations with pattern assumptions

When simplifying an expression using Simplify[expr, assumptions], the assumptions has to be explicit. Is it possible to simplify an expression with pattern ...
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Why FullSimplify doesn't work here?

Since the emphasis of this question is on finding a workaround, I decided to post this question with an emphasis on the explanation of the behavior of Mathematica. The Bessel function satisfies the ...
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How to select TransformationFunctions based on Assumptions made when using Simplify?

I am re-writing the question using a very simple example so not to confuse matters with the another question being asked where I used the example from there. In general, how to add logic to switch ...
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How to use TransformationFunctions on a compound expression?

I was trying to answer this question but having hard time with the correct way to write the transformation rule. Trying to write a rule to transform ...
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Expanding Matrix Expressions

I want Mathematica to recognize that A.(-B.C)+A.B.C = 0 Yet FullSimplify and the like leaves the expression as it is. How do I get around this?
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Substitution to write out powers of expressions

I am looking for a substitution command which will write out powers of expressions like this: $$\frac{a ~b^3~ c}{d~ e^{3/2}~ f^2}\to \frac{a ~b~b~b~ c}{d~ e^{1/2}~ e^{1/2}~ e^{1/2}~ f~f}$$ ...
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How can I get Mathematica to simplify my expression?

4.`*^-12 Sqrt[3.0254210421890627`*^22 - 6.25`*^22 T6^2] The above expression is equal to Sqrt[0.48406736675024997` - T6^2] ...
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Simplify rearranges equations?

I've been using Simplify/FullSimplify to simplify some nasty equations, and by and large it does well but sometimes it rearranges equations in an unhelpful way. ...
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Simplification with assumptions

I'm trying to make Mathematica do some simplifications for me. I have the expression ((1 + s[1]) (-1 + s[2]) )/(-1 + s[1] s[2]) and want to simplify this with ...
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Pulling out common terms when simplifying complicated equations

I have a complicated expression where common terms are apparent but Simplify[] and FullSimplify[] don't appear able, even with plenty of assumptions added, to reduce down to a simpler form with common ...
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Why doesn't Mathematica make an obvious simplification?

I am doing some calculation with summation and the Kronecker symbol. Here are my steps : ...
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Is there a way to tell mathematica to minimize the number of multiplication in an expression? (Simplify and FullSimplify don't cut it)

I have an expression, here's a clip of it: ...LF (LG LQ Lsig^2 + 2 LQ Lsig RG Rl + LG LQ Rl^2 + Lsig^2 RG RQ + 2 LG Lsig Rl RQ + 2 LQ Lsig RG Rs + 2 LG LQ Rl Rs + 2 LG Lsig RQ Rs + LG ...
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Simplifying a quadratic [duplicate]

I have a general query about simplifying expressions in Mathematica, which I will illustrate using quadratics. If I tell Mathematica to simplify $a x^2 + b x + c$ then ...
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Problems with Simultaneous Equation Solving

Let me first explain what I am doing and then I will explain the problem that I can't figure out. I am basically trying to solve 2 equations for 2 unknowns (a1 and ...
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Verifying integration by parts of an arbitrary function [duplicate]

Suppose that I have an arbitrary differentiable function $G$ which depends on $s$: $G(s)$. Now suppose that I want to do the following integral: $$\int ds \;\; s \frac{\partial G(s)}{\partial s}.$$ ...
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simplify a huge expression containing only Plus and Times

I have some huge expressions which can be written as: $$\sum _{n=1}^N \left(\prod _{i=1}^{I_n} a_{n,i}\right)$$ $N$ is between 10 and 100, $I_n$ is between 1 and 10 and $a_{i,n}$ represent symbols ...
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Variable substitution in sum's index

How cam I simplify Sum[UnitStep[-1 + n]/Sqrt[n!], {n, 0, ∞}] to $$\sum _{n=1}^{\infty } \frac{1}{\sqrt{n!}}$$ and then to $$\sum _{n=0}^{\infty } ...
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Construct a sum that evaluates its arguments but doesn't evaluate further

I'm trying to construct a sum like this: Sum[body, range] where body is ...
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Simplifying expressions with square roots

I would like Mathematica to simplify this expression: $4 \left(16 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}-32 c^2 \sqrt{\left(-1+2 c^2\right)^2}+\sqrt{\left(1-8 c^2+8 c^4\right)^2}\right)^2$ ...
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Simplify the multiplication such as $a*(b+c)$ to $a*b+a*c$

I am trying to solve this problem here but have to understand basics. Suppose I have a multiplication such as $a*(b+c+d+...+x)$. How can I multiply it to the result $a*b+a*c+...+a*x$? Trials ...
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Show Simplified Directives [closed]

Is there a way to force Mathematica to convert an already rendered Graphic to the simplified Directive form of that Graphic. Background: I am currently editing Graphics using Drawing Tools and then ...
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Assumptions are not being applied to integral

I am trying to use assumptions to simplify an integral, but I can't seem to get the assumptions to apply themselves. Here is the code I am using: Note the expressions in the assumption can be found ...
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Expansion of Expression

I am trying to expand out expressions that have several terms similar to E[-lH] Sinh[l (H - h)] The Expand command just gives ...
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Get Cos[2 x] in “Solve”

My goal is to get an analytical solution of x ( $\lambda$ in the problem), when $\epsilon$ (f[x] in the problem) is maximum (use inverse form). I found that if I can use trigonometric identity ...
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Improve performance for finding Fibonacci number which have divisibility property

In this post, the OP requires finding a Fibonacci number having some divisibility property with Mathematica and Maxima. I tired tried that Mathematica code on Mathematica 9.0 and it's still slow ...
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Set all instances of Exp[-x_] to zero?

To simplify a huge expression efficiently, which involves a variable in a bunch of exponential functions going to infinity, I have tried to substitute ...
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Why is a non-convergent series simplified to zero?

Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n] /. x -> 1, {n, 1, Infinity}] == Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n], {n, 1, Infinity}] /. x -> 1 Sum::div: Sum does not converge. >> ...
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Replacing variable in an equation with an Interpolating function polynomial and plotting residual

I was trying to plot the residual for the solution of my PDE. However, I was unsure about a couple of things. I imported the data and created an Interpolation polynomial with ...