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

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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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Pull Constants outside of integrals

I would like Mathematica to pull constants outside of an integral: e.g., $\int_0^t f[t] g[s] dt \to g[s] \int_0^t f[t] dt$ This has previously been discussed at replacement rule to pull independent ...
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Simplify function with normalized vector

I made a very simple case: testF[x_, y_, z_] = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 Simplify[testF[x, y, z]] If {x, y, z} is normalized, the simplified result should just be 1. How ...
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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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How can I eliminate $x_1$ from my two ODEs?

How can I get Mathematica to eliminate $x_1$ in the equations in the first box to achieve the equation in the second box? My code: ...
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Problem about Solve

See this example : ...
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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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How to tell Mathematica not to simplify an expression

While there is this question with a very similar title, it does not answer my question, which is: I have part of an input, in my case Re[Exp[I*x]] which ...
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Simplify equations using list of rules

I have a set of equations that I want to simplify using a list of rules: ...
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How can I transform a quadratic into an factored equation?

How can I transform a quadratic polynomial in x and y into an equation of the form $(x-a)^2+(y-b)^2=c$? f = -9 x + (3 x^2)/4 + (3 y^2)/4; Completing the Square ...
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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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How can I get Mathematica to simplify my square root expression? [duplicate]

$$\sqrt{r^2 e^{4 \gamma (r)-4 \psi (r)}}$$ If I set var = r^2*E^(4 \[Gamma][r] - 4 \[Psi][r]) Simplify[Sqrt[var], var > 0] I just get $$\left| r\right| ...
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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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Simplify $\cos(n \pi)$ and $\sin(n \pi)$ when n is an integer

I was trying to calculate this integral in Mathematica 9: 2/π Integrate[ Cosh[a x] Cos[n x], {x, 0, π}, Assumptions -> n ∈ Integers] I got as a result : ...
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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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Retain required terms in asymptotic expansions

I am using Mathematica 8 to do lengthy asymptotic expansions for use in statistics. In particular I have $\lambda=\beta+\epsilon+\delta+\gamma+O(n^{-5/2})$ where the first term is of order ...
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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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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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How to prevent Mathematica combining similar terms?

For example, given: x + 2 x y - x y + y I need to put it in this form: x (1 + 2 y) - y (x - 1). But Mathematica will simplify ...
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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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Comparative Statics on Mathematica

Let me first explain what I am doing then I will mention my little problem that I could not figure out. I am using Mathematica version 7. I have an equation named "fd" and I took the derivative of ...
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How do I invoke the default complexity function?

Documentation on ComplexityFunction says: With the default setting ComplexityFunction->Automatic, forms are ranked ...
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Format Preservation of FullSimplify on Indexed System of Autonomous Equations

I currently have a large system autonomous differential equations. I've indexed a more managable dummy system of identical form, using Part to reference each ...
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Counting multiplications (complexity function)

I'm trying to count the number of times multiplication appears in an expression (for the purpose of constructing a ComplexityFunction that would help me simplify a terrible algebraic expression for ...
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How can I say that all quantities need to be positive (and real)? [duplicate]

Can you say at the beginning of a script in Mathematica that you want all the quantities to be positive (and real)? So that in all calculations, only the real values of these quantities will be ...
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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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Problem with simplifying Sinc function

$Assumptions = x ∈ Reals && y ∈ Reals && a ∈ Reals && b ∈ Reals; These work: ...
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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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How to simplify an expression with special functions to zero

The following is a well-known Bessel function identity: $$J_{-n}(z)=(-1)^n J_n(z),\qquad n\in\mathbb Z$$ To check this, I used the following code and the result is as what I expected. ...
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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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Common subexpression from two expressions

I am working with some unpleasantly tedious polynomials, which need to be manipulated in various ways (integrate with respect to some variable, differentiate with respect to another). Since these ...
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Simplify — is this simplest result Mathematica can provide?

I have a question about Simplify: When I do a simplification the returned result is not as simple as I want. When I ask for the Norm of an complex expression, ...
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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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How to instruct FullSimplify to assume that PossibleZeroQ returns correct result?

Sometimes I have a really huge expression that cannot be significantly simplified by FullSimplify. I would like to, so to speak, "simplify with faith" using ...
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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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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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Conjugate and simplify

I want to get a cosine from taking the real part of a complex exponential: $cos(x) = Re(exp(i x))$. What I do in Mathematica is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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on simplifying an expression

After some integration process, I ended up with the following expression: ...