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

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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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Simplification of exponential

I would like to understand why FullSimplify doesn't entirely simplify this expression ...
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how to cancel arbitrary term in fractional formula

I often encounter this kind of problem that I want the fractional formula to be looked like the way I want it to be. For example, this one $$\frac{R^2 \left(g m_1-g m_2\right)}{J+m_1 R^2+m_2 R^2}$$ ...
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How to delete a pattern from String?

Having a string like : "{Aaaa -> a, Bbbb- > b, Cccc -> , Ddddd -> c, Eeeee -> , Fffff -> e}" I want to delete the parts that contain ...
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How can Mathematica help me to find a real radical expression for roots of this polynomial?‎

The polynomial $P(x)=x^‎‏4‏‎-‎‏4‏x^‎‏2‏‎-‎‏2‏x+‎‏1$‏‎ has ‎‏4‏‎ real roots (this can be clearly checked by plotting). But solving $P(x)=‎‏0‏‎$, using ...
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Check for holomorphy of a function

Given a (rather complicated) function H(z), what is the best approach to check symbolically whether it is holomorphic? What I tried is checking explicitly the ...
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Is it possible to simplify a trigonometric expression only in terms of $\cos (u)$ OR $\sin (u)$?

I want to expand the following expression into powers of $\cos(u)$ only: a1 + a2 Cos[2 u] + a3 Cos[4 u] + a4 Cos[6 u] The answer that I want (and which I found ...
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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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Wrong result after Simplify of a complex variable with assumptions satisfying an inequality

Using Mathematica 10,Simplify[a\[Conjugate], Assumptions -> {(a + a\[Conjugate]) > 0}] returns a, i.e. treats ...
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simplifying integrals for multiple exponentials

This is somewhat related to this question, but applied to products of Exp[]. For example, I have a symbolic expression containing terms like $Exp[\int_0^1 ...
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Arrange equation in normal form

Is there a way, or if not, how could one define a function which takes an equation in any form (for example as given by FullSimplify): $$(A+X_0) x+By=3x$$ and ...
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Simplifying conditional expressions using assumptions does not work

I have a conditional expression f[x_] := x /; x ∈ Reals This works fine for normal numbers and symbols, e.g. ...
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Let mathematica combine integral limits

Is there a way to teach mathematica to combine integral limits according to $\int_a^b f dx+\int_b^c f dx=\int_a^cf dx$ to simplify expressions like $\int_0^1 f[t] dt+\int_1^x (1+f[t]) dt$ to $\int_0^t ...
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Choosing a branch of the square root when performing a series expansion

I have the following problem. Consider expression f=Sqrt[(x-2y)^2] There is an obvious ambiguity in the definition of f ...
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Why Doesn't Mathematica Simplify Combinations of Quotients? (Integer Division)

I stumbled across this as part of a more complicated formula but it can be shown very simply: ...
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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 to parse string to expression? [closed]

When trying to make a string an expression I see some wrong results: ...
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A simple expression that Mathematica can't simplify

I'm using Mathematica 9. I encountered an expression that Mathematica couldn't simplify to a simpler form: ...
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How to get a more compact form of this probability calculation?

Inspired by the probability calculation here, I am trying to solve a little general one: $$\mathbb{P} (\sum_{i=1}^{m-1} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m} S_i < L < \sum_{i=1}^{m} A_i + \sum_{i=1}^{m+1} ...
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Is there a simple function identify the sign of an expression given constraints

I'm looking to find a simple function that can identify the sign of an expression given a set of constraints. I have looked around and do see that there is a few threads on this but I'm not sure I ...
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Taylor expansion of function of vectors—simplifying the output

I've got a real-valued function of several vectors $f(u,v,w)$ formed by taking scalar products of linear combinations of the vectors, I want to Taylor expand around small $v$ by writing $$f(u,\delta ...
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Truncate High order terms

Suppose I want to compute this : Series[Sin[1/f], {f, Infinity, 10}] but finally I prefer Sin[1/f] up to the fourth order in ...
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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 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 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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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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Simplifying Logs assuming arbitrary arguments real and positive

I have some expressions involving Logs which I would like to simplify. Unfortunately FullSimplify doesn't work because it assuming the arguments are general. I have no way of knowing a priori what the ...
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Simplify on a structured array

Why doesn't Simplify and FullSimplify operate on object generated using SymmetrizedArray? ...
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Prevent Simplify from using cot

I have the following problem. I got a huge equation to simplify and in there are numerous $\cos(x)$ and $\sin(x)$ terms and now it happens that Simplify changes terms like $(...+\cos(x)*a+...)$ to ...
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FullSimplify wont simplify to expression with lower SimplifyCount

I have been trying without success to get FullSimplify to work on some trigonometric expressions. It refuses to convert them to forms that are clearly much ...
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How to show that an expression is 0 if FullSimplify never finishes

I have a huge expression. And I have "checked" numerically that it is 0 for real value variables. However, due to the size and structure of the expression FullSimplify seems to be having a hard time. ...
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Parabola plotting tangential to x = const, and y= const

ContourPlot[ pm Sqrt[x - a] + pm Sqrt[y - b] == Sqrt[c], {x, 0, 2 a}, {y, 0,2 b}] plots a parabola, but only a part between points of tangency (a, 0) and (0, ...
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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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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 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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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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Failure in the use of FullSimplify

My question is about an apparent failure of the function "FullSimplify" to simplify an easy algebraic expression. This is the expression that I ask Mathematica to evaluate: ...
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Dealing with functional equations

I have the specific function $G$ of $x$ satisfying the functional equation $G^3x=-1+G(1-x)+G^2x$. By using Mathematica, I would like to simplify the following polynomial of $G$ and $x$. $2 G^2 + 6 ...
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Pull out scaling factor from a denominator

How do I force mathematica to just pull out the scaling factor of 1/r from this expression. (a+b)/r edit: Sorry, perhaps my earlier formulation of the question wasn't clear enough. I would like ...
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Force Mathematica to return numerical answer to (relatively) complicated differential function

I am trying to take the Laplacian of the LogDet of a 2x2 matrix that I call V\[ConjugateTranspose].V, and actually get a number out at the end. Why does Mathematica ...
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What am I missing!? Simple symbolic sum not simplifying

I'm VERY confused: in what universe is the following not zero? FullSimplify[2*Sum[Subscript[f, i], {i, 1, q}] - Sum[2*Subscript[f, i], {i, 1, q}]] Mathematica ...
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How to simplify an expression using a differential equation as an assumption?

I have a fluid dynamics flow described by a 3D velocity field such as u = {ux[x, y, z], uy[x, y, z], uz[x, y, z]} I want to calculate ...
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Want Wolfram|Alpha to assume $n$ is an integer [closed]

I would rather use Wolfram|Alpha on my iPad then Mathematica, so I need your answer to be applicable to W|A. I want to input a function or an expression in a way that Wolfram|Alpha will understand ...
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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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Simplify using functional equations

Is it possible to simplify assuming a functional equation, for examlpe to use that one function, g, is the invers of another, f. Simplify[g[f[x]], g[f[x_]] == x] ...
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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 ...