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

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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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Simplify With Assumptions Not Using Distributive Property Of Dot Product

Given the following expression Assuming[(n | d | t) ∈ Vectors[3, Reals] && n.t == 0, FullSimplify[(n + d).t]] Why does mathematica give me the below ...
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FullSimplify on complex numbers seems inconsistent

FullSimplify[c Conjugate[c]] returns Abs[c]^2 while FullSimplify[2 c Conjugate[c]] ...
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Assumptions with patterns

I want that Mathematica assumes every symbol like Subscript[s,i] to be evaluate as a real and positive number. I have tried ...
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Simplifying an ArcTan expression

The expression $\tan ^{-1}\left(\frac{\sqrt{L^2 \sin ^2(\theta )}}{\sqrt{L^2 \cos ^2(\theta )}}\right)$ can be simplified to $\theta$. After some attempts I got the following to do the job. ...
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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 make Mathematica express an equation in terms of previously defined functions

I was given a problem for my physics class, and perhaps I have taken it too far, but I wish to finish what I started. I have a function (i warn you that this does not look pretty) ...
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Dealing with 6 VERY large equations. Am I doing this correctly, and can I expect a solution?

I'm new to Mathematica, but so far, everything seems straight forward and intuitive, which is really nice. However, I've come to use this software since I have to show a rather nasty 3x3 matrix is ...
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Automatically split an expression and use TrigFactor to solve the parts

I want to simplify the following expression: 1/2*(Sqrt[3]*Cos[x]*la - Sin[x]*la - lb + Sqrt[3]*Cos[x+y]*lf - Sin[x+y]*lf) I used ...
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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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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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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 FullSimplify...
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What do I need to know about simplifying expressions involving Symbolic Tensors?

I want to use Mathematica to show that the inner product of a vector with itself is equal to the square of its norm. This is what I tried: ...
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Collect without grouping terms

The built-in function Collect, when applied to more than one variable, will group expressions by the first variable, as here: ...
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ArcTan[x,y] problems

I need an ArcTan[x,y] function that is continuous in (0,2 π) For the standard ArcTan function: ...
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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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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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Simplify Class invariant $G(25)$

How to simplify $$\frac{\sqrt[3]{\vartheta _3\left(0,e^{-5 \pi }\right)}}{\sqrt[12]{2} \sqrt[6]{\vartheta _2\left(0,e^{-5 \pi }\right) \vartheta _4\left(0,e^{-5 \pi }\right)}}$$ This is a ...
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Reliable testing of identities (example: modular functions)

Take, for illustration, the following function (bonus points for anyone who identifies where it comes from!), defined on the upper half plane: ...
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How to tell Mathematica to avoid simplification of product of exponentials with the same base?

There has been a similar question, but it doesn't solve my problem. I have this input: var = Exp[a] Exp[b] And the output is ...
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strange FullSimplify result, why zero? [duplicate]

This came up looking at this How to speed up calculation of this equation (FindRoot). Is there some sense to why FullSimplify gives zero here? ...
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Simple arithmetic with Irrationals fails [closed]

While solving a simple puzzle that asked for a few calculations in plane geometry, I ended up with this expression: $-\frac{55}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{27233}}{2}+\frac{1}{2}(55-\sqrt{27233})$ Or, in ...
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Simplest identity that cannot be proved by FullSimplify [closed]

Apparently, FullSimplify is not able to prove all true identities, but usually it does pretty well when it comes to elementary functions. I'd like to know what are ...
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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 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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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 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 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 to evaluate $-i e^{\frac{i k}{2}} \sqrt{-e^{-i k}} = 1$?

In my calculation, there exist some expressions like $-i e^{\frac{i k}{2}} \sqrt{-e^{-i k}}$, which are not simplified to be $1$, and makes further calculations rather complicated. I tried to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 \dfrac{1-...
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How can I make Mathematica trigger the simplification of ArcCos[a]+ArcCos[b]?

According to this Wikipedia subsection my guess is that I should be able to convince Mathematica to return zero when doing ...
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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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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 does not distribute Abs over multiplication

FullSimplify[Abs[x]^2, x \[Element] Reals] reasonably returns x^2, but the barely-more-complicated expression ...
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Equality of Reciprocal with Negative Exponent

I want MMA to tell me if two, rather large, expressions are equal. My minimum working example follows. I want MMA to tell me that the following is true:$$x^n = \left(\frac{1}{x}\right)^{-n}$$ I have ...
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What would be the inverse function for the following condition?

I tried the problem but i couldn't take above condition in question in terms of f(x)
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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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How can I get Mathematica to simplify this i * sqrt expression

In[11]:= FullSimplify[I Sqrt[-1 + w^2], Element[w, Reals], Assumptions -> 0 <= w <= 1] Out[11]= I Sqrt[-1 + w^2] Is it possible to have Mathematica ...
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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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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 example,...
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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 <...
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Simplify big numbers in a second order equation

How can I simplify big exponents like $10^{39}$ in the solution of a second order equation: ...