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Sqrt — how to get negative branch?

One of the many attractions of Mathematica is that integers are generally treated as exact symbolic entities, and not just as numbers. I was just playing with Sqrt, and was puzzled by what appeared to ...
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Why is a non-convergent series simplified to zero?

Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n] /. x -> 1, {n, 1, Infinity}] == Sum[Sin[n*x]*Sin[n], {n, 1, Infinity}] /. x -> 1 Sum::div: Sum does not converge. >> ...
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Non commutative multiply- expand expression

I began to use Mathematica a few days. My problem is: How to expand expression like $(a+b)*(a+b)$, where this multiplication is non commutative? Mathematica can do this?
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Generating a list of symbolic coefficients [duplicate]

I am trying to do something which I assume should be very simple: I want to generate a list with symbolic coefficients that looks like this: ...
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Dropping Higher Order Terms in symbolic evaluation

I have a series of symbolic manipulations (along with some coefficients). As a sample, here is one of the intermediate forms ...
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Symbolic Calculations with formal matrices [duplicate]

I want to make calculations with matrices in the form (for lovers of statistical mechanics, is just the first step replica symmetry breaking) ...
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Is it possible to create a compiled function with some symbolic arguments?

I am trying to create a compiled function that takes in several arguments. However, some of the arguments contain symbolic entries and thus I get the following error message when executing the cell ...
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Differentiating with respect to vectors of unspecified length

Given a function defined by f[x_,y_] := Sum[ x[[i]] (g[y[[i]]] - g[Total[y]] - Log[x[[i]]]), {i, 1, Length[x]}] I can easily calculate the derivative for a fixed ...
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Only perform a symbolic differentiation once

I want to define a function that involves a differentiation step that Mathematica can do easily, which might be of the form ...
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Alleviating a bottleneck involving a function call with symbolic derivatives

I have a bottleneck problem involving a function call with symbolic derivatives. I don't have much experience with Mathematica (or any dynamic language) and I'm certain that the way I've set this up ...
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Find closed form expression for series expansion coefficients [duplicate]

Is there a built-in function that will find a general expression for the coefficient of the series expansion of a function? Series will only give the explicit ...
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Extracting variables from an expression

I'm looking for a way to extract a list of variables from an expression, for example with an input like: ...
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What is the confidence limit on this convergence?

When I run this, Product[n^MoebiusMu[n],{n,1,Infinity}] I get $\frac{1}{4 \pi^{2}}$ Over on Math Overflow they are saying it shouldn't happen. So, how do ...
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Efficient code for solve this equation

We have $a*b*c=-1$, $\frac{a^2}{c}+\frac{b}{c^2}=1$, $a^2 b+a c^2+b^2 c=t$ What's the value of $a^5 c+a b^5+b c^5$? I tried ...
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Identical code, different answers?

I'm having some trouble with identical code giving different answers. On a fresh kernel (MM 9.0.0.0, Windows 64-bit), running the same code, copy-paste, gives two different answers: ...
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Variable name string to expression

I'm not sure how to name this problem appropriately. But anyway. I have, say, three variables (arrays in my case), which I call: A1, A2, A3 I would like to ...
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Non-commutative algebra

I'm constantly dealing with non-commutative algebras. ** is inbuilt, non-commutative and associative. That's good :-) But it is not distributive. Rats. ...
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How to calculate partial derivative of an unknown function

How can I force Mathematica to calculate symbolically the partial derivative of a function u[x,y] with respect to a variable ...
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Symbolic derivative of $n$-term product

I want to determine the relationship that must exist between the $x_i$ and $y_i$ such that $$ \frac{\partial}{\partial\theta} \prod_{i=1}^n \frac{f(x_i,\theta)}{f(y_i,\theta)} = 0, $$ where $$ ...
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What properties make this equation difficult to symbolically solve?

I tried to solve the following equation with Mathematica's solve: Solve[K*(2*Tan[L/2*Sqrt[P/(EI)]]-L*Sqrt[P/(EI)])+4*P*Sqrt[P/(EI)] == 0, P] It gave the ...
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Can I reduce a matrix inequality such as $\mathbf x^\prime\mathbf A\mathbf x > \mathbf x^\prime\mathbf x$?

I'm new to Mathematica. When I do linear algebra, I wonder if I can have an inequality such as $\mathbf x^\prime\mathbf A\mathbf x > \mathbf x^\prime\mathbf x$, where $\mathbf x$ is a column vector ...
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Using Resolve and ForAll to prove takes a really long time

I've been trying to prove a lemma for my paper using Mathematica... basically that $$\forall \{n, d_i, d_j\} \in \mathbb{Z},\ n \ge d_i > d_j \ge 2$$ it's true that $$V[1, n, d_i-1, d_j-1] ...
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symbolic integration of a definite integral, how to speed up

I am wondering what are the general tips & hints for speeding up symbolic integration. As far as I understand, it solely depends on the form a function is represented before it is processed by ...
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Simplification of double symbolic sums containing a DiscreteDelta without explicit summation range

I am trying to get Mathematica to automatically do simplifications like the following: $$\sum\limits_{q}^{q\in qV}\sum\limits_{q'}^{q'\in q'V}{f(q)g(q')\delta(q-q')}=\sum_{q}^{q\in qV}{f(q)g(q)}.$$ ...
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Nested Sums to multiple sum

I would like to automatically "move nested sums to the left". I mean, just take out of an expression all the summations and go from a nested Sum to a multiple sum. Something like starting with: ...
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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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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 ...