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

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Simplifying Complex Numbers that contain physical units

I am trying to evaluate the following: Simplify[Meter Nano Re[(a + I b)/(Meter Nano)], Assumptions -> Element[{a, b}, Reals]] However, Mathematica returns: ...
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Mathematica not able to confirm its own solution to differential equation

I type the following into Mathematica: DSolve[q''[x] + 2 x/(x^2 - 1) q'[x] - 4*q[x]/(x^2 - 1) == 0, q[x], x] It gives me the result ...
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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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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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Is there a way to show the details of a numerical computation?

I have recently started using Mathematica as a calculator while teaching (definitely overkill, but I try to use as few tools as possible). I would like my students to be able to trace simple numerical ...
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Any way to fully expand an expression of two operators?

I am looking for a way to expand a complicate expression like the follow (A o B + C o (DxE))*(D o (ExF) - ExA + A) Here o and x are the operator. I want to ...
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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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Trying to show an expression is always zero

I have a symbolic matrix $$m = \begin{pmatrix}A1 & B1 & C1\\A2 & B2 & C2 \\ A3 & B3 & C3\end{pmatrix}$$ and I believe that Det[m] is ...
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Avoid trigonometric simplifications?

When evaluating the expression Sinh[x]^2 + Cosh[x]^2 // FullSimplify I get Cosh[2 x] That is indeed a simplification, but ...
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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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Simplify Sin[x]/x to Sinc[x]

I have an expression in the form of $\tt \frac{Sin[x]}{x}$ that I would like to simplify to the form of Sinc[x]. I've tried the ...
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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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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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Simplify assumes Boolean 1 and 0 in logical expressions

Per this chat discussion and this previous question where I encountered the strange behaviour: ...
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FullSimplify Over Reals Automatically

Frequently, Mathematica will produce some expression in a complicated form, with a number of unset variables. For me, it is rare that I would be interested in solutions that are generalized to both ...
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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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Why does simplification in Mathematica depend on variable names

Mathematica fails to put the following into an obvious simplest form: ...
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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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Simplify expressions that contain full derivatives

The best way to show what I want is by giving an example: How to go from ...
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How to simplify expressions containing derivatives

Is there a way to reverse the application of derivative rules in order to simplify expressions including derivatives? e.g. in Mathematica code: Want to go from ...
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Simplifying a trigonometric equation to obtain specific terms

When I try to solve the non-homogeneous differential equation ...
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Declaring a positive variable [duplicate]

Why I have this behaviour? R /: Greater[R, 0] = True R > 0 => True Simplify[Sqrt[R^2]] => Sqrt[R^2] I expect R ...
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Why Solve and Simplify give different results? [closed]

I want to solve the following equation y == (1/(1/4 + y) - 1/(3/4 - y))/((1/4 + y) + 1/(3/4 - y)) I tried ...
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How do I simplify a vector expression?

I am doing vector analysis. I have figured out that the following expression won't be simplified in Mathematica: Simplify[Dot[x, y] - Dot[y, x]] I think the ...
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Simplifying the derivative of $|x|$

Context In[855]:= D[Abs[x], x] /. x -> 1 Out[855]= Derivative[1][Abs][1] In[856]:= D[x, x] /. x -> 1 Out[856]= 1 Question Why is ...
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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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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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Auto simplifications of power products

Mathematica automatically simplifies Exp[a]Exp[b] to Exp[a+b]. The problem is now that I can't do this ...
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Simplify matrix algebra

I'm trying to simplify some matrix linear algebra, for example, simplify $$\big(a1\times(A1\cdot A2)\big)\cdot\Big(a2\times A3\cdot A4+(a3\times A5)\cdot(a4\times A6)\Big)^{T}$$ where lower case ...
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Mathematica not simplifing when using FullSimplify

I am trying to simplify the following $(Z_i - Z_{i+1})^4$ using ...
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Properly Force Mathematica to Simplify Log Expressions/Rules

I want to be able to expand $\log(x^n e^x) = n \log(x) +x$: FullSimplify[Log[x^n Exp[x]], x > 0 && Element[n, Integers] && n > 1] yields ...
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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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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 with TransformationFunctions, Bug?

I want to use custom transformation functions in Simplify, but mathematica does not seem to use them properly. Consider the following ...
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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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FullSimplify does not work on this expression with no unknowns

I can't reproduce this simple example from Habrat, 2010 ("Mathematica : a Problem-Centered Approach"). It is supposed to demonstrate the functionality of ...
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Finding real and imaginary parts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Extract real part of a complex expression better than Re does I have an expression and I would like to find its real and imaginary parts. As a simplification, suppose ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify get rid of the common factor in this expression?

FullSimplify does not get rid of the z factor in the following expression: ...
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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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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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How do you multiply out integer powers in a symbolic expression?

I have the following problem: I want to transform integer powers into a series of multiplications within symbolic expressions. E.g. x^3 should be written as ...
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An apparently “simple” limit?

Let $c$ and $h$ be real values. I was using Mathematica to compute the limit $(h \rightarrow \infty)$ of the following expression: $$ \frac{\left(h^2 +c^2 h^2 + \sqrt{4 h^2+\left(h^2+c^2 ...
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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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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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Using Hold correctly with Simplify and ComplexityFunction

It seems like Mathematica immediately evaluates the expression Sqrt@I to (-1)^(1/4). I'm trying to use ...
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Why does Simplify ignore an assumption?

Here is the example: Simplify[x + y, x + y == a] Simplify[x + y, x + y == 5] Mathematica 9 output: x+y 5 I expect the ...
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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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Assumptions on unknown functions

I'm trying to do analytic calculations in a quantum mechanic harmonic oscillator basis. Specifically I want to be able to evaluate functions of the many particle density. I define the following ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...