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How can I solve an exponential inequality in Mathematica?

I would like to solve the equation: A Exp[m t + s Sqrt[t] x - 1/2 s^2 t] >= K with respect to x (which is in the exponent) ...
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How to get exact roots of this polynomial?

The equation $$ 64x^7 -112x^5 -8x^4 +56x^3 +8x^2 -7x - 1 = 0 $$ has seven solutions $x = 1$, $x = -\dfrac{1}{2}$ and $x = \cos \dfrac{2n\pi}{11}$, where $n$ runs from $1$ to $5$. With ...
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Symbolic computations with already assigned variables

For example I have assigned some variables that could defined in terms of each other. Then I for some reason need to derive some formula using this variables. How to show the result of this ...
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How to find the sum all even numbers of this sequence?

I have a sequence $(u_{n})$ $$u_1= 1, \quad u_2 = 2, \quad u_3 = 3, \quad u_{n}= -u_{n-3} + 3u _{n-2} +2 u_{n-1}, \quad \forall n \geqslant 4.$$ I want to list the first $20$ terms of this sequence ...
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How to efficiently fill in matrix values?

I would like to efficiently fill in or assign values to matrix m: m={ {a[1,1],a[1,2],a[1,3],a[1,4]}, {a[2,1],a[2,2],a[2,3],a[2,4]}, {a[3,1],a[3,2],a[3,3],a[3,4]}, ...
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Symbolic calculation

Is there any software where this kind of symbolic calculation is possible? s = 0 for i = 1 to m j = 2 i + a - t if (j > 0) s = s + a I want s as a ...
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Functions that operate on symbolic matrices?

I'd like to write functions that operate on symbolic matrices, and do nothing when fed anything else. ...
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Verifying and deriving basic (block) matrix identities

How can I use the new symbolic matrix/tensor capabilities to verify matrix identities, such as (1) or (2) Even better, how can I ask Mathematica to derive expressions for X, Y, Z, and U like ...
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Is learning to use Mathematica useful for pure theoretical research in Mathematics and Computer Science?

I am looking for opinions from Mathematica users about Mathematica itself. After reading the faq, I thought that in some sense I "wish to solve a problem using Mathematica" ... although I understand ...
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Computation of parametric integral

I am trying to compute the integral Integrate[(g^(u^(g - 1)))/(1 + u^g), {u, 0, t}] but as an answer I get my input expression. There must be something wrong ...
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Industrial Level Applications. Recipe for mixed notation of equations set

I am working with large (linear) equations set within Mathematica in numerical notation. For example, set from 4056 eq. is solved for a second, no more. There is no doubt, result is great. But even ...
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Speeding up trigonometric integral

Context On a possible non trivial toric topology for the Universe (nothing less!). Problem I would like to carry out the following integral for $\ell=2,4\cdots 20$. $$\int _0^{\pi }\int _0^{2 \pi ...
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Prevent Part[] from trying to extract parts of symbolic expressions

If you have a list, e.g. {1, 2, 3} then you can extract the $k$th part using Part (...
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Difference between Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] and Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}]

Map[f[#] + g[#] &, {a, b, c}] vs Map[f[x]+g[x]&, {a, b, c}] My question is: why is the output different? ...
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Symbolic Integration along contour: branch cut problem?

Context Following this question on path integrals in the complex plane, having defined again a numerical and symbolic integrator along a path as ...
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How do I work with Root objects?

I want to solve the trigonometric equation : $$(3-\cos 4x )\cdot (\sin x - \cos x ) = 2.$$ I tried Solve[(3 - Cos[4*x])*(Sin[x] - Cos[x]) == 2, x] It returns the ...
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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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Numerical-Symbolical Integration (Calculus)

I created a simple numeric-symbolic integration. Here you can use symbolical and numerical techniques at the same time. You can also interpolate numerical integrals. The problem with my function is ...
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Superscript prime symbol

x\[Prime] looks like $x_'$, ugly right? Is there a way to make a symbol with prime to look like $x'$? That's what I'm trying right now: ...
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How to define a derivative/Variation operation in Mathematica from scratch

I am looking for a method in Mathematica 8 to define my own derivative/variation (independent of built-in operations). I do not want to re-define built-in objects since I fear that this could cause ...
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Identifying `Indeterminate` elements [closed]

I want to identify if a variable, which is the result of a calculation, is Indeterminate. I was trying to do this using If[]. ...
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Symbolically associate vectors and their norms

I am wondering how to handle the following situation: I do have vectors of known dimension that I would like to handle symbolically. I suppose I can do something like ...
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Complex number operations: telling Mathematica variables are real

I want to do Conjugate[a + b*I], but when I do that, the solution is Conjugate[a] - I*Conjugate[b]; when for me, a and b are ...
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Symbolic manipulation with unevaluated sums

If I have two expressions with sums in them, like this: $$\begin{align*} b&=\frac{\sum_{i} (x_i - \bar{x})(y_i -\bar{y})}{\sum_{i}(x_i -\bar{x})^2}\\ r&=\frac{\sum_{i} (x_i - \bar{x})(y_i ...
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Polynomial expectations of generic distributions

Summary Polynomial expectations depend only moments and cross moments of a multivariate distribution. I would like to use Expectation to compute polynomial ...
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Managing Exclusions in Plot[]

When I do: ...
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Identifying the sign of an expression in an interval

My expression is the following: $$ \frac{(1-\alpha ) \alpha h^2 (h+2) \mu r}{(h+1) ((1-\alpha ) h+1) (\alpha h+1)}-\left(\frac{\alpha h \mu }{h+1}\right)^{\alpha } \left(\frac{(1-\alpha ) h \mu ...
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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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Mathematica gives wrong answer for an integral

When I execute the following, Integrate[ Exp[-w^2 + I w^3], {w, -∞, ∞}] I get (2 E^(2/27) BesselK[1/3, 2/27])/(3 Sqrt[3]) ...
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What does “suitable for symbolic manipulation” in the documentation mean?

This question is related to this other one I posted on Stack Overflow some time ago. There, in a beautiful answer, acl (with some unhumble editing done by me) showed that the derivative of ...
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How to symbolically differentiate an infinite series without evaluating the series itself

I'm dealing with finite sums of infinite series. Each of the infinite series possesses a different starting index, i.e. each of the series begins at n = 0, n = 1, or n = 2. As a result, it's important ...
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Symbolic bit vectors

I'd like to see how addition and xoring bitvectors mix together. To do this, I implemented (a primitive) vec_add and vec_xor: ...
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How to deal with complicated gaussian integrals in Mathematica?

As we know, for most Gaussian integrals, we can get the analytical result. Now I have many Gaussian integrals to treat, which have the following general form, ...
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How does Mathematica integrate?

Basically, this question can be considered to be an extenstion to my other question. What I wanted to do was this integral as homework (it is indefinite BTW so no approximations using Simpson's Rule ...
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How can I eliminate a function in a system of PDEs, Maple-style?

Maple can separate and eliminate a function in a system of PDE equations, with casesplit in the PDEtools package. How to do ...
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How to solve an overdetermined system in Mathematica

I would like to understand the reasons and find a way to avoid such behaviour of the Solve function in Mathematica 8. ...
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How to augment the realm of functions Mathematica thinks it knows how to integrate symbolically

My question involves extending the functionality of Integrate over specific integrals in the most generic manner. Specifically, is it possible to "hack into" ...
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Reduce/Solve an equation with symbols in powers

I am trying to solve the following equation with respect to x. eqn = x^z + y == a; But when I do ...
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How to find solutions that yield of root of unity?

I have a polynomial with coefficients that are integer polynomials in another (complex) variable. For example: 1 + (1 - v^2) #1 + (-3 - v^2) #1^2 + #1^3 & I ...
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Finding ranges of a parameter for which a function is always positive

I have a complex function of a single variable expressed in analytical form, which also depends on a parameter. I would like to have Mathematica show me for which values of the parameter the real part ...
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Simplification of a symbolic manipulation involving functions of more than one variable

I am facing the following problem. f[x_,y_] = a[x] u[y] + b[x] v[y] Now I can ask Mathematica to calculate ...
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Representing a value in an output as a self defined variable

I'm trying to find a way to have Mathematica always represent a numerical value as a self defined variable that I define using lhs=rhs. For example, if I execute ...
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Using D to find a symbolic derivative

I need to do the following: Define a function Take the derivative of this function and have a look at the symoblic representation Substitute in some values With the bonus that I want to use the ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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Non-commutative symbolic linear algebra

I am fairly new to Mathematica but I thought I would be a helpful tool to carry out a few simple linear algebra calculations. It seems like an easy task but I cannot figure out how to do it. For ...
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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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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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Sophistication of Series[…]

I'll give a concrete example and I hope that my general question will be clear. Say I have three variables, $f$, $g$, $h$, and I know that $f=\mathcal O(x)$, $g=\mathcal O(x^2)$, $h=\mathcal O(x^3)$ ...
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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 ...