Questions on the special mathematical functions implemented in Mathematica.

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About multi-root search in Mathematica for transcendental equations

I have some questions for multiroot search for transcendental equations. Is there any clever solution to find all the roots for a transcendental equation in a specific range? Perhaps ...
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When does the real part of Zeta vanish on the critical line?

This seems to be a quite a simple problem but I cannot make it work. I am trying to find all values within a given range for which the real part of the Zeta ...
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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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Why does Expand not work within a function?

I'm writing this fairly simple function: ...
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Replacing gamma at half integers by double factorial

It is well-known that for any positive integer $n$ the equality $\Gamma(n+\frac12)=\sqrt\pi\,(2n-1)!!/2^n$ holds, where $!!$ stands for the double factorial. I am using ...
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Numerical underflow for a scaled error function

I calculate scaled error function defined as f[x_] := Erfc[x]*Exp[x^2] but it can not calculate f[30000.]. ...
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Visualizing vector spherical harmonics

I have painstakingly derived the vector-spherical harmonics $\mathbf{V}_{J,\,M}^\ell(\theta, \phi)$, which are the generalization of ordinary spherical harmonics $Y_\ell^m(\theta, \phi)$ to vector ...
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Precompiling a Whittaker function

Is there a way to speed up the evaluation of special functions in Mathematica? I am particularly interested in the Whittaker W function. For instance, the following piece of code: ...
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Labeling solutions of an Eigenvalue equation involving Bessel functions

I'm solving the Schrödinger equation for a particle in an annular geometry with hard wall boundary conditions and I've reduced it to the following equation: $$J_m(k\,R_1)\,Y_m(k\,R_2) - J_m(k\,R_2)\,...
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Fine tuning compiled code that computes dilogarithm function

As an exercise of writing a good Compile function, I want to do the simple task of coding a routine that outputs the real part of the dilogarithm function ...
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Why do these two different zetas produce the same value?

Zeta[-13] == Zeta[-1] == -1/12 Why do these two different zetas produce the same value?
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Solve stiff system by shooting method

I'm trying to solve a second order differential equation with the shooting method but, it appears to be a stiff system. This is worst for a larger parameter $\mu$. I've tried different methods: ...
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Eisenstein Series in Mathematica?

Mathematica doesn't seem to have built-in tools to deal with the Eisenstein series: $$\begin{align*} E_{2}(\tau)&= 1-24 \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{n e^{2 \pi i n \tau}}{1-e^{2 \pi i n \tau}}\\ E_{...
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solve an integral equation numerically

I am trying to find a numerical solution for an equation of the form: $$ f(t)=\int_{t_{min}}^{t} {\exp[2 (t^\prime - t)] E(t^\prime) f(t^\prime)} + \int_{t}^{0}{ \exp(t^\prime - t) E(t^\prime) f(t^\...
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Checking if the roots of a function are real

I'm trying to determine if the roots of a function are real. How would you do that? (In particular I'm interested in verifying that the roots of LegendreP[6, x] ...
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Is MathieuC for moderately large imaginary arguments broken?

I'm trying to plot MathieuC[-3,0.3,I x] for $x\in[0,10]$, and here's what I get even with arbitrary precision arithmetic (here I use ...
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FindRoot giving false roots with Bessel Functions

I have read in some places about the errors associated with FindRoot, but the closest thing I can find on this website seems to be due to the imaginary unit. I am dealing with what should be a ...
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How to improve performance of BesselJ to the level of GSL?

Consider the following code: zs = N /@ Range[0, 12, 10^-5]; AbsoluteTiming[bessels = BesselJ[1, #] & /@ zs;] Length @ zs I've tried to measure only ...
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Expanding derivatives of hypergeometric functions

Sometimes Mathematica expresses results of integration or summation in terms of symbolic derivatives of Hypergeometric2F1 function, and cannot further simplify ...
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How to represent a continuous monotonic phase of Airy functions?

Note: In this question I am concerned only with real-valued variables and functions. DLMF, §9.8 Airy Functions, Modulus and Phase, formula $9.8.4$ defines the phase of Airy functions: $$\theta(x)=\...
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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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Series expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials

I am trying to expand a polynomial in terms of orthogonal polynomials (in my case, Hermite). Maple has a nice built-in function for this, ChangeBasis. Is there a ...
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Find asymptotics of $\sum\limits_{i=0}^{n/3} 2^i \binom{n-i-1}{\frac{2n}{3}-1}$

I have an expression 2^n / Sum[ 2^i Binomial[ n - i - 1, 2n/3 - 1], { i, 0, n/3}] ...
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Incorrect result from Integrate

Bug introduced in 8.0 and fixed in 10.0 I attempted to calculate the following integral: ...
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Incorrect results for elementary integrals when using Integrate

There is a rather simple integral ($K_0$ is the 0-th order MacDonald function) $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x \cosh\xi}\, d\xi = K_0(x)$$ which mathematica cannot solve. This even though the documentation ...
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Is my expression too complicated for FullSimplify or am I doing something wrong?

I have a messily defined function $v(h, w)$ with $h, w \in \mathbb{R}$ and with a removable singularity at $h=1/2$, and I am trying to prove some of its properties using Mathematica. In particular I ...
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Cannot Get Numerical Results to Match

I try this numerical summation (in two parts) ...
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Teaching Mathematica more about DiracDelta and KroneckerDelta

As the documentation and some experimentation indicates, Mathematica contains little information about representations of the DiracDelta and ...
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Why can't I change the value of MaxRecursion in NIntegrate when integrating BesselJ?

Bug introduced in 8.0.4 or earlier and persists through 10.4. I am trying to evaluate this integral numerically $$ \int_0^{\infty } J_0(q R) \tanh(q) \, \mathrm{d}q $$ for large values of $R$. ...
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problem with coloring spherical harmonics

I want to color a spherical harmonics. So I write as follows. ...
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How to plot the result of this singular integral?

Please I open a new post here after this one : http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/59203/10158 Now I want to plot the function $f(a,b)$ as a function of $b$ for different values of $a$ : $a=0.5$ , ...
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How to use `FindRoot` to solve an equation containing a parameter?

I'm trying to derive some of the results of the following paper: Electrodynamics of semiconductor-coated noble metal nanoshells, JT Manassah - Physical Review A In the paper there is matrix $\mathbf ...
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Using Mathematica to find poles of Gamma functions

I am concerned about the expression on the RHS of equation A.5 (page 19) in this paper: $$\int\frac{d^d q}{(q^2)^{\nu_1}[(\vec{k}-\vec{q})^2]^{\nu_2}}=\frac{\Gamma(d/2-\nu_1)\Gamma(d/2-\nu_2)\Gamma(\...
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Gamma Incomplete Function representation in Mathematica and Matlab

I am confused about incomplete gamma function calculation in Mathematica and MATLAB: For example, in Mathematica: Gamma[5,3] = 19.56 But in MATLAB: ...
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Why NIntegrate is badly-behaved on $J_{\frac{9}{2}}(x)$ by default?

A friend of mine showed me this example: Plot[BesselJ[9/2, x], {x, 0, 1}, PlotLabel -> Style["The integrand seems to be simple", 14]] ...
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Hankel Transform integrals won't work in Mathematica

I'm trying to do this integral, which is shown on the Wikipedia page on the Hankel transformation: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\mathrm d\varphi\;e^{\mathrm im\varphi}e^{\mathrm ikr\cos(\varphi)}$$ The answer is ...
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Derivative of the Dedekind eta function fails to compute with errors I don't understand

When trying to understand better the question Eisenstein Series in Mathematica? I stumbled on the following: issuing Derivative[1][DedekindEta][.11 I] gives ...
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How do I evaluate a symbolic integral involving Hermite polynomials?

I want to test a difficult integral : Integral on all reals of some complicated function involving the Hermitian polynomials, exponentials, squares, factorials, and being general considering any ...
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Roots of Whittaker W function

I am interested in finding the roots $u$ of the equation $$ W_{1,\imath b}(a)=0, $$ where $W_{\kappa,\mu}(z)$ denotes the Whittaker $W$ function, $a>0$ is a fixed parameter, $\imath=\sqrt{-1}$ and $...
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Puzzled by Assumptions [duplicate]

I don't know if this has already been discussed. Integrate[BesselJ[2 m + 1, x], {x, 0, ∞}, Assumptions -> m ϵ Integers] ...
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Assigning an analytical approximation to the error function erf(x)

Working with some iterative integral equations, I have Gaussian density functions involved therein. Integrating the Gaussian function I obtain the error function. When I take the second integration, ...
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Hypergeometric function with a matrix argument

I am looking for the evaluation of a Hypergeometric function with a matrix argument as for example in Koev and Edelman or as showcased in this Wikipedia article. From what I understand from ...
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Why is the Spherical Bessel Function acting strangely at this point?

I'm doing some computation that requires the use of Spherical Bessel Functions of the 1st kind, at high orders and values. So, I managed to find this, while running it over a wide range of values. I ...
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Find all roots of a function with parabolic cylinder functions in a range of the variable

I want to find all roots of a function involving Parabolic Cylinder Functions. In what follows, I define 2 variables $\xi1$ and $\xi2$, which in turn depend on $\omega$. My function is then defined as ...
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Peirce's quincuncial projection

The Peirce quincuncial projection is the cartographic projection of a sphere onto a square. In short, I would like to see it implemented in Mathematica. Here is my code: ...
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Is there a Mathematica API for the functions.wolfram site?

Is there a Mathematica API for the functions.wolfram site? If there's not, has anyone implemented a web scraper for it? For example it would be nice to be able to access http://functions.wolfram.com/...
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Fast Spherical Harmonics radiative transfer

This is a rather specific question and I apologize for spamming you with some lengthy code. But it could be interesting for some reader and maybe you can help out, so please bear with me. I am using ...
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Number of divisors visualized with the QPochhammer function, how to improve performance of code?

I have this code that is originally Jeffrey Stopple's code for the Riemann zeta function in the complex plane. Because I discovered yesterday that the number of divisors can be generated with the $q$-...
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Visualizing vector-spherical waves

This is a follow-up question to this one on visualizing vector-spherical harmonics. This time, I would like to visualize the vector spherical waves (including the radial dependence). The functions ...
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How to enlarge Mathematica's knowledge about certain functions?

I'm often troubled with the following task. I need to carry out symbolical computations involving certain special functions. Let me take as an example Barnes gamma-function. It is included in ...