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

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Summing the probability distribution to 1 to convince myself

I have worked out a probability distribution and want to check its sum which is necessarily 1. First we write $$ r \triangleq \frac{(2 \lambda + \mu)^2}{2(\mu + \lambda)^2}, \quad s \triangleq ...
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Taking function output as shown, and processing it regardless of its history

I am making some symbolical calculations for my quantum chemistry class. I am supposed to build a wave function composed of multiple other functions, each of which is also composite of some lower ...
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Decomposing a complex numbers equation into its real and imaginary part

I have an equation such as: a*z^2 + b*(z - c)^2 == d where z is a complex variable and ...
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Applying Reduce[] to a table [duplicate]

I have a table for example: t = Table[k,{k,5}] which returns {1,2,3,4,5} and for every element in this table I want to check when it is $\leq 1 + a$. I ...
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Simplify returns wrong result [duplicate]

For some particular reason, Mathematica makes wrong calculations when using Simplify[]. I need Simplify[] for a fractional decomposition of some fractions of low-order polynomicals. Here is a ...
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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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Simplifying an inequality inside an answer by parts

I have the following piece of code where I'm evaluating a probability of a variable v being greater than some threshold under a Uniform distribution. ...
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Better way to compute triple (or higher order) convolution

I have an identity that I want to verify. $$\sum_{i+j+k\ge ...
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Integrate[] does not work when the function has an antiderivative function

This function (1 + (1 + 1/(2*Sqrt[x]))/(2*Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]))/(2*Sqrt[x + Sqrt[Sqrt[x] + x]]) has the antiderivative function, since ...
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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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Moles/Liters doesn't get simplified to Molar even though Molar*Liters gets simplified to Moles

Why can't Mathematica 9 simplify mol/L to M, when it can simplify M*L to mol? ...
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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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Simplifying an expression given a known variable relation

I am wondering if there is a way to simplify an algebraic expression given a known variable equation using Mathematica. For instance, I wish to simplify an expression for the heat change in a process: ...
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Simplify results further

I have an extremely long result in polynomial form following some matrix operations. However, given the symmetry of the problem, I can safely say that the solution will reduce much further than is ...
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What does the expression “Total[funca[a,#] & /@ #] & /@ {x,y}” possibly mean?

Can the expression be simplified as "Total[funca[a,#]] & /@ {x,y}"? What does the double of "& /@" mean? Where can I find some reference? Updated According to Mr.Wizard's answer, I now know ...
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How to control factor gathering in Simplify

To make my results more readable, I need to make MMA gather terms differently. In this example, Simplify gathers terms by common z[]: ...
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How to simplify only the lowest level of a nested expression

I have a large expression that takes forever to simplify if I apply FullSimplify[...]. The expression has lots and lots of brackets that luckily already groups ...
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Why Abs[Infinity] is an element of the real numbers

Element[Abs[Infinity], Complexes] returns False, that's right. But ...
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Expand just first level of an expression

Is there a way to build a function to expand just the first level of powers and products of an expression? Edit: ...
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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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Handling Accuracy and Simplifying

I have the following problem. I have a system of non-linear equations that I log-linearize around a certain point, let's call it point A, using a function that I ...
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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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Why don't these assumptions result in further simplification?

I'm trying to simplify an expression, which has a factor of $\lambda(\lambda-1)$, where $\lambda$ may be either $1$, or $0$. So I try: ...
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How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation

How can I simplify this implicit equation to an explicit equation: Tan[5 y/12] - (7 y/((x)^2 + (y)^2 - (3.5)^2)) == 0 i.e: $y=f(x)$ where $y$ is a explicit ...
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Convert imaginary exponentials to goniometric expressions

Can I force mathematica to re-express something like $$\left\{\frac{1}{2}i\left(\frac{1}{16} e^{-2 i (\alpha (1)+4 \alpha (2))} \left(-1+e^{8 i \alpha (2)}\right) \text{d$\alpha $}(1) \left(2 \left(2 ...
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Solving/simplifying a trig expression [migrated]

My problem sheet says that $\tan a= 5/12$ and $a \in {\rm Q\,III}$ ($a$'s in quadrant III). Using this information, I am to solve/simplify the expression $\quad \quad \cos\left(\frac{1}{2}a\right)$ ...
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Why is it so complicated to simplify a complex conjugate? [closed]

My question is very simple. I would like to multiply a complex number by its conjugate. Unfortunately, this seems to be extremely complicated in Mathematica. Consider the very basic example: ...
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Expanding Function Based on Congruence Classes

I'm trying to get Mathematica to expand $\quad \quad \beta_n=\sum_{r=0}^{n}\frac{\alpha_r}{(q^4;q^4)_{n-r}(q^4;q^4)_{n+r}},$ where $\alpha_r$ is an integer valued sequence that is given by ...
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Simplifying a fraction with bringing in new variables

Let's say I have a fraction like this: (a b x^2 + a^3 x) / (a^2 b x) and I would like to simplify it by multiplying both the numerator and the denominator with ...
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How do I check to see if two expressions are equal?

This is what I am trying: (2 x - 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v)/(2 x + 2 Sqrt[x (x - v)] - v) == (Sqrt[x] - Sqrt[x - v])^4/v^2 but it's not working. Can someone tell me ...
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Simplification of a complex-valued expression with purely real components

(I'm including all the information here, as I'm not sure how much of it is necessary to solve the problem. For a tl;dr skip to the bottom) I've been working on a problem involving calculating ...
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simplifying the range of two definite integrals

Today, I tried to obtain the solution of the following equation, sol = DSolve[ {m v'[t] + \[Gamma] v[t] == \[Xi][t] , v[0] == v0}, v[t], t] The solution, of ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify simplify expressions with DiracDelta?

I want to simplify a complicated expression with some Dirac delta distributions, but FullSimplify does not do what I want. Specifically, I want ...
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Rationalize complex numbers

What is the best way to rationalize complex numbers, if not both the real and imaginary part are actually rational? According to the documentation, Rationalize ...
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Simplification assumptions strange behavior

I am trying to cancel common factors under square roots in some expression with all positive real variables: $$\text{Simplify}\left[\frac{\left(3+\sqrt{6}\right) \sqrt{g} \text{nn}^4}{2 ...
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Simplifying general solutions of differential equations (driven harmonic oscillator)

Solving general differential equations in Mathematica usually leads to somewhat unsightly results. As an example, consider the solution of the driven, damped harmonic oscillator: ...
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Cleaning up InverseLaplaceTransforms in Mathematica

I am attempting to use Mathematica to model an electrical circuit in the s domain. The circuit contains capacitances and and inductances. I've written a series of equations using Kirchoff's laws to ...
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Simplification due to recognition of dummy indices in sums?

Today I noticed something weird concerning implicit sums. Apparently, Mathematica cannot recognize dummy indices as such and simplify accordingly. Consider: ...
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Mathematica doesn't simplify a simple expression

The question is simple as that. I have: ...
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Derive logistic choice probabilities symbolically

More generally, I am interested in learning what the current limitations of Mathematica are when using it for doing pure mathematics. A recent blog post by Stephen Wolfram (see: ...
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Expand Expression with Nested Special Functions [closed]

I am trying to study the following sequence for $a=1$, $n \ge 1$: $$\alpha_n=(1-aq^{2n})\sum_{j=0}^{n}\frac{(aq;q)_{n+j-1}(-1)^{n-j}q^{\binom{n-j}{2}}}{(q;q)_{n-j}(q;q)_j^3}$$ using Mathematica, where ...
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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 ...
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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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Mathematica 10 unable to Simplify[Cos[2 ArcCos[A]]]

Mathematica 10 evaluates Simplify[Cos[2 ArcCos[A]]] as Cos[2 ArcCos[A]], instead of the desired ...
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How to set products of small variables to zero

Say I have an expression which contains different product combination of very small variables, say, δA, δB, δC. I want to set all the products and all the ...
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Simplify 2D polyhedral Regions like Interval

I don't think there's a built in "RegionSimplify" for polyhedral Regions and derived akin to how Interval automatically simplifies its argument expression: ...