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Assigning values to variables with subscripts [on hold]

I'm wondering if there is a way to assign values to variables with subscripts. I have the following Manipulate function: ...
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MaxValue of a periodic function

I want to find the maximum of a periodic function on the interval [-Pi,Pi]. What I tried is the following: ...
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Defining a function implicitly and calculating its derivatives

I'm interested in using Mathematica's symbolic manipulation to obtain, for a particular function $f$, derivatives of arbitrary order evaluated at zero. Normally I'd use the ...
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How to convert a rational parametric plane curve into implicit form?

This problem is generated from another Green's theorem related question of mine. And here is a forward of the same problem in math.stackexchange. The original equation of the plane curve is not in ...
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Solve a trig equation system

Background of the problem In the same plane, P is a fixed point, A,B,C are moving point, PA=a, PB=b, PC=c, find the maximize perimeter of △ABC. let ∠BPC=A, ∠CPA=B, ∠APB=2*Pi-A-B, then the ...
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Recurrence relation for multivariate polynomials

I am trying to define a function which recursively computes a polynomial associated to every binary string: ComputePoly[s_]:=(** Recurse on the string s**) For ...
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Factor terms by kets

I have an expression that contains several kets with numerical factors. I would like to retrieve the individual kets and store each individually as a list element. The expression is as follows: ...
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Handling minus signs in mathematica

I am doing symbolic manipulations in Mathematica where expressions like $(-1)^{1/3}\left(-\log z \right)^{2/3}+\log z^{2/3}$ We see that clearly this expression is zero. But Mathematica does not ...
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How to order a polynomial in descending powers of x? [duplicate]

This should be very simple, even silly If I ask this mathematica Expand [(x + 1) (x + 2) (x + 3)] Mathematica delivers me well ...
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Solve is too slow with this system of equations

The definitions are: ...
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Why Mathematica cannot apply The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus automatically?

For some reason Mathematica cannot evaluate this definite integral: ...
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Comparing exact expressions for equality — is it really OK if I get wrong answer?

I found an unexpected behavior (that I think of as a bug) in evaluation of the equality operator applied to mathematical functions with exact arguments (i.e. not containing any approximate ...
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Symbolically Minimizing a Max function

I'm having a tough time with seemingly simple symbolic Minimization/Maximization in Mathematica. I would like to use the Maximize function to work on some unknown random variables and so use min/max ...
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Analogue of Maple's `identify` command in Mathematica [duplicate]

In Maple there is a useful command identify that tries to find a closed form expression based on its numeric approximation. As far as I know there is no built-in ...
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Mathematical symbol and name for Symbolic Replacement

(Originally from math.SE, but might be better here) I'm searching for a mathematical symbol, that describes the symbolic replacement done for instance in Mathematica: ...
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Interval Arithmetic with Symbolic Intervals

I've run into a problem with IntervalUnion and IntervalIntersection when dealing with symbolic intervals. The following code ...
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How to write a function that returns the combined output of several built-in functions

I am trying to make a module that takes a Boolean function, and prints the following: the function's truth table the function's NOR epxression the function's minimal Disjunctive normal form So far ...
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Mathematica's steps towards the result of a definite integral

I am interested in this definite integral: $$ \eqalign{\int_0^\infty {x^2 \log(1-e^{-x})}\; dx\cr } $$ That is: ...
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How to speed up a symbolic integration

I have a question about an integral. I wanna integrate this: ...
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CharacteristicPolynomial returns 0

I have the following matrix. ...
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Pattern matching & simple replacement

I have a question about an expression that I want to modify. Here is the expression: ...
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Operator which can be interpreted as binary and unary

I'm a bit lost with the way how e.g. the + operator is implemented in Mathematica as binary (infix) and unary (prefix) operator depending on the context, since I would like to define a similiar ...
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Symbolic matrix calculation [closed]

I have question about a matrix calculation like $\mathbf{b}^{t}\,\Sigma\,\mathbf{b}$, where $\Sigma$ is a 7 by 7 matrix, and $\mathbf{b}$ is vector of 7 elements, and each element in the vector ...
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how to create, print and use variables using a loop in Mathematica?

I want to create, print and be able to use (i.e. do symbolic operations) variables in Mathematica using a for loop or equivalent. So, I have a bunch of variables of this form: $$dS_i = -\beta_i ...
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Symbolically solve system of equations involving matrix

I need to solve the following system of equations symbolically for a_i, b_i, and c_i: ...
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Factoring a separable integral with a product of independent integrands

I would like to input someFunction[Integrate[p[x] p[y], {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}]] and to get the following output ...
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Computing symbolic surface normal of a surface point on a semialgebraic set

Consider a semialgebraic set; such as reg below: ...
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Algebraic Manipulations with Indices

I am absolutely new to Mathematica, but I've heard it is a pretty powerful tool for symbolic calculations. My problem (stated generally): I have three dimensional array. I define a symbolic operator ...
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Is there a way for me to get Mathematica show its steps? [duplicate]

I have seen similar questions but they were quite dated (3+ years). When performing, say an Integration, it would be beneficial to see the major steps such as variable substitution, change the order ...
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Factoring out parts of an expression

I'm looking to factor out the parts of a multiplication type of expression. For example for the expression: $$20 e^{-t^2}\frac{t^2}{\sqrt{t^2+a}} erf(b+t)$$ I'd like to get a list in the form of: ...
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Fundamental question about capabilities of Mathematica to represent abstract mathematics [closed]

I have an fundamental question about what Mathematica can and cannot do. I have a book which presents a certain physical theory in an axiomatic manner. The axioms make heavy use of mathematics. Some ...
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Integral formula for the inverse Laplace transform doesn't work?

The direct implementation of the definition of the inverse Laplace transform using Integrate fails in the following case: ...
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how to calculate the covariance of sample central moments

$\bar{x}= \sum_{i=1} ^{n} \frac{1}{n}x_{i}$ $m_1=\sum _{i=1} ^{n} \frac{1}{n} (x_{i}-\bar{x})$ $m_2=\sum _{i=1} ^{n} \frac{1}{n} (x_{i}-\bar{x})^2 $ $m_3=\sum _{i=1} ^{n} ...
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Using LeviCivitaTensor

I have 2 questions about using LeviCivitaTensor, based on the following session: The signs for the cross product seems to come out "opposite" of what I expected. Why is that? Did I miss anything? ...
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Root: Simplifying symbolic expression

I'm doing calculations with a lot of symbols, which don't always gives nice expressions. Now I have a solution with a Root-expression, where the coefficients are symbolic, e.g. ...
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How to implement symbolic Ramanujan's summation in Mathematica?

How to implement Ramanujan's summation in symbolic form in Mathematica? For instance, I want as input the function $f(x)=x$, as output $-1/12$, as input $f(x)=1/x$, as output $\gamma$ (Euler's ...
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Analogue for Maple's dchange - change of variables in differential expressions

Maple owns an interesting function called dchange which can change the variables of differential equations, but there seems to be no such function in Mathematica. ...
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How do I perform exact unit conversions with irrational conversion factors?

Suppose I want to express $3h$ in units of $\hbar$ (where $h$ and $\hbar$ are the Planck constant and reduced Planck constant, respectively). By definition, $h = 2\pi\hbar$, but when I attempt this ...
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Checking if a symbolic matrix is positive semi-definite

As far as I can tell, there is no way to tell the builtin PositiveSemidefiniteQ about assumptions on symbols. For example, the matrix ...
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Is there a function or option to collect factors under one radical sign?

One of the things that frustrates me most about Mathematica's symbolic manipulations is the fact that output is often presented quite differently than most humans would write it. This is especially ...
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How can I get symbolic orthonormal eigenvectors for 3 by 3 hermitian matrix?

Using the following syntax, I can obtain the symbolic eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the following Hermitian matrix (a,b,c,d are all real parameters): ...
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Can Mathematica solve this type of recurrence?

I have the following recursively defined equation: ...
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How to get the modulus of following complex number

I want to get the modulus of following (1+(x+I*y)/2+(x+I*y)^2/12)/(1-(x+I*y)/2+(x+I*y)^2/12) I use ...
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Find out domain after change of variable in integral of d dimensions

Is there a way to tell Mathematica the change of variable you want to do and getting back the corresponding domain? The specific problem I am trying to solve is $\quad \quad\int_{-1}^0 ...
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Well-defined symbolic integral leading to ConditionalExpression

I would like to determine a closed-form expression for the following symbolic integral $$ \int_{-1/2}^{1/2} \!\!\!\! \mathrm{d} x \int_{-1/2}^{1/2} \!\!\!\! \mathrm{d} y \, \frac{1 + b x + c y}{1 + e ...
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Rearrange an algebraic expression so that each variable appears only once

Mathematica gave me a solution to an equation in this form: ans1 = (b c)/(a - a c + b c) $\text{ans1} = \frac{b c}{a - a c + b c}$ From solving the same equation ...
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Working with derivative of conjugate of a complex number

I have a complex function, lets say $g(x)$. I want to take its and its conjugate's derivative. I need the solution of derivative which must be symbolically and computationally efficient. Lets take an ...
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How to Integrate trivial products of DiracDelta

A long while ago I was able to integrate with Mathematica: $$\int_0^1 \delta(1-x)\delta(x) f(x) \,dx = 0$$ using ...
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Simplify complex answer given by DSolve[]

I tried the technique in this question, but that did not work for the solution given by the MWE: DSolve[{f'[t] + f[t]*g[t] == h[t], f[0] == f0}, {f[t]}, t] How ...
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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 ...