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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 ...
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Bug in Integrate for Mathematica

Consider the following: ...
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Why does Assuming[x > 0, TrueQ[x > 0]] return False?

Assuming[x>0,TrueQ[x>0]] should, as I understand it, test TrueQ[x>0] after assuming ...
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Does $x>0$ imply that $x\in\mathbb{R}$?

Let’s assume I input Assuming[x > 0, expression] Is it assumed by Mathematica that $x$ is a real number? Or that the real part of $x$ is positive? Something ...
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What is a type in Wolfram Mathematica programming language?

"Everything is an expression" is a popular citation from many Mathematica guidebooks. So, what is type in Mathematica? How does it relate to common types from Haskell, for example? I did some ...
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Replacing composite variables by a single variable

To replace a single variable by another variable, one can simply use the the replace all (/.) operator (e.g., ...
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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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Extract real part of a complex expression better than Re does

I have a complex expression with real positive variables only. Mathematica Input Style: ...
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Integral not simplifying

I specify a function in terms of an integral and then try to evaluate it with Simplify. However, the answer is not really simplified to what it should be. ...
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Can Mathematica do symbolic linear algebra?

For instance, is there some way I can say "let A and B be arbitrary real $m\times n$ and $k\times m$ matrices, Simplify[Transpose[Transpose[A].Transpose[B]]]" and ...
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n-fold symbolic integral in Mathematica

I am trying to compute symbolically a n-fold integral (n is a parameter of a function) over, say, the cube [0,a]^n. My code looks like this ...
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Definite and Indefinite integral give different results for piecewise function

I have the following function: $$ f(q,y)= \begin{cases} \tfrac{11720+p}{37791360} & -11720<p<-7720 \\ 0 & \text{True} \end{cases} $$ where $p = 443\ y-777600\ \sin^{-1}\left(\frac{q ...
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How to symbolically do matrix “Block Inversion”?

Consider a block (partitioned) matrix matrix = ArrayFlatten[{{a, b}, {c, d}}] where, a, ...