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

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Fourier Transform of a Step Function

I'm trying to obtain the form of a sinc function that I know I'm supposed to get in Mathematica. I'm doing this because I intend to do a lot with Fourier transforms (FT) and I'd like to know I'm not ...
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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 group the powers of one variable?

Consider the following expression: $\sqrt{a x} \sqrt{b x}$ What do I use to make it simplify to: $\sqrt{ab} x$ I tried actually everything (Simplify, FullSimplify, Collect and so on...) and such ...
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RootSum result manipulation/simplification

Consider the sum sum1 = Sum[ k/( k^7 - 2 k + 3), {k, Infinity}] ...
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simplifying equations [closed]

I have a question that seems easy but I can't solve it. I have an equation like: eqgama = -8.33208*10^56 g1 + 8.18264*10^56 g1^2 == -1.42093*10^56 I use the ...
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What's the correct method to simplify exponentials?

I have a sum of exponentials that I'd like to simplify. The issue is when I use Simplify, Mathematica loves to factor out one exponential factor. See below: $$e^{-i ...
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Why aren't these additions of integrals and summations equal?

I have the following code: Simplify[Integrate[f[x] + g[x], x] == Integrate[f[x], x] + Integrate[g[x], x]] To test: $$\int{\left(f(x) + ...
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Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients

I've run into some problems using Factor on polynomials with complex coefficient factors. Reading the documentation it looks like it only factors over the ...
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Inequality of reciprocal functions

Simplify[1/(1/a + 1/b)] { (a b)/(a + b) } That doesn't look right. The given function has an infinite term for a = 0 and one ...
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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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How can I get Mathematica to simplify $\Vert\{1,\sin(t),\cos(t)\}\Vert_2$ to $\sqrt{2}$?

Context Norm[{1, Sin[t], Cos[t]}] Norm[{1, Sin[t], Cos[t]}] // Simplify (* Sqrt[1 + Abs[Cos[t]]^2 + Abs[Sin[t]]^2] Sqrt[1 + Abs[Cos[t]]^2 + Abs[Sin[t]]^2] *) ...
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Inequality with assumptions not simplifying

Can someone explain to me why the following does not simplify to True (as all constituents are positive)? ...
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Checking if two trigonometric expressions are equal

Say I have two trigonometric expressions which are a bit complicated. Is there a quick way to check if they reduce to the same thing (that they are equal) using Mathematica? I was solving this: $y'' ...
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How to Simplify equations over a Ring with Mathematica?

For example, when we work over a ring, the equation x^3=0 does not imply x^2=0 or x=0, but ...
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How to reduce expressions with complex coefficients in the form of a+0.*I

I'm trying to get an eigenvalue equation in Mathematica, and the result is an expression with coefficients of the form a + 0. I. For example, Is there any clever ...
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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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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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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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How to expand all portions of an expression?

Consider a toy expression: expr = Sin[x (a + b)]/(y (z + c)) I would like to expand all parentheses to get something like: ...
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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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Is it possible to make Mathematica reformulate an expression in a more numerically stable way?

I'm writing a numerical optimization, and I'm having a problem with an expression of the form $$ e^{-t} (1+\mathrm{erf}(t)) $$ The overall shape of the function looks correct, but when $t$ is small, ...
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Shaping/simplifying equations in a certain way

A problem I am occasionally facing is to simplify an equation not to it's shortest form but to a form that is simple by other means. Often, this is grouping the term according to certain functions, ...
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Simplify an expression containing NonCommutativeMultiply

How does mathematica evaluate the following expression to zero: ...
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How to get FullSimplify to fully simplify my expression with custom complexity function?

To simplify based on the visual complexity of an expression (i.e. the complexity of the function as displayed in the notebook instead of the internal form, which in some cases may be substantially ...
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Attaching persistent assumptions to symbol definition

Is it possible to attach assumptions to a symbol? This relates to this question. Most of my work involves physical equations, i.e. there are basic assumptions on variables that will always hold true ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
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What is the difference between a few simplification techniques?

I am trying to understand the difference between Refine, Simplify and FullSimplify, and when ...
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How can I completely ban usage of some functions in output and mandate use of others?

For example, I hate that Mathematica uses Pochhammer symbol in outputs and prefer all the expressions in Gamma function. How can ...
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Why does this sum not simplify properly?

I was trying to get Mathematica to simplify some moderately ugly sums and I ran into some pretty weird behaviour, which I tracked down to the following example. I'm working with ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify drop the Re function from an expression known to be real?

For some reason Mathematica does not properly simplify this expression: ...
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Can I simplify an expression into form which uses my own definitions?

This seems like a simple thing to do, but I couldn't find anything relevant from Mathematica documentation. So suppose I have an expression: a*b/(a + a*Cos[a/b]) ...
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Strategies for simplifying complicated expressions

I have a very complicated expression involving trigonometric functions, complex numbers etc. You may find it here as it is too long to be pasted here. You may also find a screenshot of it here. ...
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Validating simplifications analytically

I have a rather complex expression which I would like to simplify and check my work along the way (Mathematica does not simplify very basic things and it is frustrating me). In the following example, ...
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How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...