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A question about two ways to use Default

Usually we define a function with default values by the syntax x_:default, but there is another technique to do this by registering a global default value with ...
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MapThread with List Manupulation

I have the following three lists: ...
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How to input pure function to package?

I would like to input a pure function into a custom written package, but am running into a variety of errors. The package I have created is as follows: ...
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How to evaluate Modules in a notebook from another notebook?

I would like to create a notebook populated with several modules and be able to evaluate these modules by running a separate notebook. I have attempted several uses of the ...
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Normalize equation in NDSolve?

I have numerically solved and plotted the solution to the Mathieu equation using NDSolve successfully, as below: ...
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How to create custom Graphics primitive?

How to create custom Graphics primitive? It should have the following properties, resembling properties of built-in geometric figures, like ...
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Populating an array with outputs of a function [closed]

I have searched, but didn't find much help on my issue. I have an optical physics problem that I'm working on .. ...
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Constructing symbol definitions for With

I would like to be able to define two arrays, one containing symbol names and one containing the values of those symbols, for use in constructs such as With. For ...
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Why there is no SlotSequence (##) form analogical to #[[ ;; n]]

I'm aware that this may be closed as offtopic but there are people around with "offtopic" knowledge :) So, in List context we can: ...
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Head of a MatrixForm expression?

An example in http://www-zeuthen.desy.de/theory/capp2005/Course/hahn/mathematica.pdf amounts to the following ...
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Convert variable into function

Sorry if this is a duplicate, but I have a variable called H. H is some complicated function of ...
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MapThread over a nested list

This may be a simple question. Please close it if it is already answered. I have a nested list kr = {{35, 32, 27, 20}, {36, 33, 28, 21}, {37, 34, 29, 22}} I ...
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Square root of a value defined in a finite field?

I am trying to find the right way to compute the square root of a number defined in a finite field. For example, ...
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Multiply each element of an array by another array?

I would like to multiply an array by each element of another array, and am having a lot of trouble finding a built-in or automated method of doing. Here is an example of what I'd like to achieve: ...
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g00 (metric tensor) not explicitly evaluated in FeynCalc

I am learning Mathematica and FeynCalc by doing some basic cross section calculations. I have an issue with trace calculations: When I plug in for instance the ...
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Finding a number which has the same remainder when dividing certain other numbers

I am having some trouble with formulating my problem in Mathematica for this question: Is there a number greater than 1 which leaves the same remainder when it divides into 1716, 2154, and 4271? ...
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How to programmatically comment out multiple source files?

How to programmatically comment out the entire content of multiple .m source files assuming they start with correct Mathematica syntax? I need it to be robust so ...
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Using derivative d in Mathematica [duplicate]

In mathematics derivates are often written like $$d^2y \over dx^2$$ or $$dy \over dx$$ In Mathematica we have the function D, but is it possible to use a similar approach?
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Please explain this code (contains Append, Do, Coefficient)

I am a graduate student using a past student's Mathematica program. Will someone please explain to me exactly what this piece of code is doing? Specifically the ...
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Using Table[ ] vs using Do[Append [ ] ] [duplicate]

Is it generally better/faster to use the Table function over using Do[Append []]? For example, I have this piece of code: ...
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How to define the irrational domain or any other arbitrary domain?

I have found no way to define the domain of Irrational numbers. I can easily define a test to see if a number is irrational by defining: ...
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How to write series of Do[ ]'s with a single Table[ ]?

Edited to provide more information (sorry I don't know how to format matrices here) I would like to replace: m = 4; ...
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Why is my answer being displayed with “Subscript^(0,1)[a,b]”?

I type in my equations using ctrl+- to make it look nice and my answer outputs in "Subscript^(0,1)[a,b]" form? What is going on? In the answer some bits are displayed with the actual subscripts and ...
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Differentiating a Dot Product

I apologize if this type of question has been asked before, but a preliminary search turned up nothing. I would like to differentiate dot products. For example, consider taking a derivative with ...
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KroneckerProduct and Transpose [closed]

I need to take the KroneckerProduct of the an $n \times n$ identity matrix and a $1 \times n$ row vector (let's call it $T$), both of which are numerical. As in: ...
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How to display output as symbols?

I have this piece of code which populates a matrix following different rules depending on row and column number: ...
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Why is ^^ff not the same as ^^ToExpression[“ff”]?

I want to convert a hexadecimal string to a decimal (base 10) number: 16^^ff 16^^ToExpression["ff"] The 1st line returns the correct answer of 255, while the 2nd ...
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Holding Input Windows

I am creating a Mathematica document which contains a list of proofs in various fields of Mathematics so that I can easily review whenever I would like. First, I create a large set I call 'proofs' ...
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Looping with NDSolve?

I have a series of PDE equations that are solved with NDSolve for certain variables $a$ and $b$ - Now, I want to see the output at a time $t$ as $a$ and $b$ change; so I was thinking of a loop ...
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Return only one numeric solution to equation [duplicate]

Consider a simple plane equation 2x-3y+4z==7 I just want some position vector on that plane. For example, {7/2,0,0} would be ...
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How to reverse the direction of the y axes

I have a similar question to this one. Unfortunately, the answers there didn't help me. I would like to plot a simple function with the normal Plot function. ...
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Dot when used in a pattern becomes Times… Why?

In[1] := Hold[a.b] // FullForm Out[1] := Hold[Dot[a,b]] So far so good. ...
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Incorporating Built-In Function Options/Parameters into Shorthand [duplicate]

Shorthand syntax provides an alternate way to apply functions and, in many cases, improves readability. A simple example would be ...
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Conditional range in a parametric plot

I have a program that needs to be done like this: ParametricPlot[ equation, If[x < 1, {x, 0, t}, {x, t, 2}]] But Mathematica didn't seem to recognize the ...
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How can I define a ⊕ operator?

What is wrong with the following code? CirclePlus := SparseArray[Band[{1, 1}] -> {##}] & a_ ⊕ b_ := CirclePlus[a, b] SetDelayed::write: Tag Function in ...
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Pathological behaviour when evaluating a sum

When I declare the function $f$ as follows: f[n_] := Sum[x/Sum[Sqrt[y], {y, 1, x}], {x, 1, n}]/n the input ...
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Making nice code: choosing one of several procedures

Happy new year mathematica gurus of stack exchange! As I see it one of the major obstacles in getting decent at programming mathematica is that, not only do you need to learn how certain commands ...
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Why can Format be used on the left side?

I am learning Mathematica in random order by reading its documentation. This approach is what I like most when learning new things. Consider the following 2 cases. Syntax A: ...
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Why does the iterator index in Table not work here?

I type the following command line Table[D[#1,varx[[i]]] &,{i,3}] where varx is a vector of dummy variables ...
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What are the min and max arguments to EdgeDetect?

What are the min and max arguments to EdgeDetect, for all methods and specifically "Sobel"? How do I find the limits or ranges ...
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Changing Default Color for Titles, Sections, Subsections, etc., and Items (bullet color) [duplicate]

I'm new to Mathematica 9, and I assume there must be an easy fix for my problem, but I have not been able to find any yet. Essentially, I want the default color for the text of all of my titles, ...
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Is it possible to insert arguments into functions when they're used like Function@ or //Function?

Is it possible to insert arguments into functions when they're used like Function@ or //Function? Sometimes I need to do this, but then I have to return to the standard function usage: Function[] ...
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Limit won't compute

Does anyone know why the limit: ...
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How do you programatically load data into symbols?

I am trying to convert a list of string names into symbols, which will then be used to store data. I have 24 files (where the name of each file is a member of the list mentioned above) that I need to ...
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How is + as an infix operator associated with Plus?

How is + associated with Plus? Suppose I want to define a head FooBar and have it ...
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Manipulate, Import external table, save as CDF, mail presentation

For my work I do data analysis. Most of these analysis are done on big databases with milions of records. I would like to make a manipulate (or animate) using a external dataset and create a CDF ...
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Clear complains that a subscripted variable is not a symbol or a string?

Here's a small listing where I've used EscqEsc to typeset θ in the notebook: ...
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Finding the square root of a squared number?

Taking the square root of the square of a number Variable set to a real value I'm wondering why these examples a = -4.3; Sqrt@a² Sqrt@(a^2) Sqrt[a^2] Sqrt[a²] ...
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Treat all variables as local in a module [duplicate]

In most languages, any variable defined inside a function is considered local. ...
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Flatten command: matrix as second argument

One thing I could never wrap my head around is how Flatten works when provided with a matrix as the second argument, and the Mathematica help isn't particularly ...