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Where did I go wrong with my implementation of finding a plane tangent to a surface?

I am working on finding the plane tangent to a paraboloid at a given point. My code: ...
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Write a function that returns the logarithmic derivative

How can we write a function that if we input an expression f, it returns the log derivative $\frac{1}{f} \frac{df}{dx}$. We have to use a conditional or pattern test so that the function accepts any ...
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How to make Mathematica returns the exact expression I typed

I'm using Mathematica to compare some constants. Before playing around with those constants, I would like to check that I didn't make any mistake in typing them. So my question is the following: "What ...
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Output of plots from within Do[ ] Command

I am wondering why the following does not plot the way it's written and exactly how does the Do[] function operate? I think I could be using it incorrectly. ...
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local variable naming & symbolic argument

I'm stuck here with my variable assignment in this scenario ...
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Is it possible to use a mathematical expression as function name?

This might seem as a silly question, but is it feasible to use a mathematical expression as the name of a function? For example, I'm studying the cross section of Compton scattering and there is a ...
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Indices and variable definitions in Mathematica

Does anyone know how I can do this in Mathematica? Just an example.. Defining indices and variables (defined over indices), "mapping" variables and indices: ...
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Matrix exponential via Cayley-Hamilton Theorem

I'm attempting to calculate the exponential of a matrix via Cayley-Hamilton theorem. (Following the "concrete example" from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayley%E2%80%93Hamilton_theorem) I am having ...
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Matrix exponential MatrixExp[] vs Sum[MatrixPower[]] doesn't match?

I might be an idiot, but I cannot get the manual expansion of e^At to match the MatrixExp[A t] result. For example, I have the following: ...
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How do I interpret the following syntax?

I have been given some code with the following line PeriodicExtension[g_, x_] := If[Abs[x] < Pi, g[x], PeriodicExtension[g, x - 2 Sign[x] Pi]] I do not ...
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HoldForm[Operator ##] on some list

Recently in response to this question Mr.Wizard suggested an unusual way to summing numbers. This doesn't seem to be documented. ...
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Extracting counts of contiguous zeros and ones from a binary array

I'm a novice with Mathematica, but you guys have been very helpful to me in the past. I have a binary array [100, J repetitions] consisting of zeroes and ones. I'd like to extract a histogram of the ...
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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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What is an alternative to using backticks in separating namespaces from function names?

What is an alternative to the backtick (`) in separating the namespace from the function name? Can the function be called without using this symbol? I think in ...
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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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Writing a function that returns a (usable) function

I am trying to create a function that returns Arnold's Cat Map of size n iterated k times. I can get something out of the Function command, but I can't figure out ...
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NMinimize with defined function call getting error NMinimize::nnum

I want to call the NMinimize function for my own defined calculations but I got an error. Below is a simple example. ...
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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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import a list of replacement rules

I have a text file with a set of replacement rules, of the form x^3y^2 -> 4, xy^2 -> 2, ... for example. I'm having some issues trying to figure out ...
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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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Several functions in one RegionPlot with different grayscale

I try to plot the following, but something seems to be wrong in my code and I can't figure out how to fix it: ...
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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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How to get 'exact' expression for result

I have a result from Mathematica for which want to have the exact expression, i.e. all of the arguments of type # replaced. It is given by: ...
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How to joint symbolic expressions together [duplicate]

I want to joint symbolic expressions together to create a another symbolic expressions. one way to do that is as follows: ...
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Transfer of symbols between contexts

As many others (I guess) I'm struggling with the handling of contexts within Mathematica. I'm working on a new package definition with the usual syntaxt specified by the Mathematica documentation: ...
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Using Table with arbitrary number of variables [closed]

Let $P=\{p_1,...p_n\}$. I would like a way to implent Table[Expression,{$p_1$,lim},{$p_2$,lim},...,{$p_n$,lim}] where n and lim are parameters defined by the user. Any ideas?
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Syntax for FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle

I know FrontEnd`SelectionSetStyle is undocumented, but its name suggests it does what I need. What is its syntax? I have already tried several variations of the ...
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NonLinearModelFit with Two Dimensional List of Weights

I'm currently trying to fit Planck's law (B[λ, T]) to measurements, thereby determining Planck's constant. I have a list of triplets containing wavelength, ...
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Conditional statements in intial conditions?

This is potentially a daft question, but I thought I'd ask it; I have some material free to diffuse in a boundary between rn and ro; I've been able to get it working nicely for neumann type boundary ...
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Syntax colouring when using Symbolize

I need to use symbols with suffixes in order to make my code readable in relation to the Eurocodes. To do this I use Symbolize from the ...
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Finding the position of a specific value in a list

Is it possible to easily find the position of a specific value in a list? For example, if the list is {{x1,y1},{x2,y2},...,{xn,yn}} I would like to know the ...
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What does the slash-colon symbol do?

I came across a bit of code that uses the syntax /: and I don't know what it does. I can't find its documentation, or maybe I'm just not looking properly. The code ...
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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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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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Equation values into list

Suppose I have a function say $f=x^2$. What I would like is a list (or even better, a list with a grid) which resembles {{1,1},{2,4},{3,9}, ...}. Ideally one should ...
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Differentiation w/o assiging concrete values

v = Subscript[v, 0]*Sin[(Pi*S)/Subscript[S, 0]]; a = dv/ds v; a = D[v, s] returns ...
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Shortcut for Range[]?

I use Range a lot. Is there any syntactic shortcut for it, or do you always have to spell it out?
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More than one expression in the Table[] command?

I would like to construct a Matrix using the Table[] command. The issue is that I would like to use more than one expression for it. What I need to obtain is something like this : ...
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Why is Euler's number an uppercase “E” and not a lowercase “e”?

Why is Euler's number an uppercase "E" and not a lowercase "e"? Isn't Euler's Number normally expressed with a lowercase "e"?
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Translating a “Point-to-Triangle” distance script from MATLAB to Mathematica

Update - Thanks everyone for your responses! After fixing a problem with vector normalization, the code below now works. I'm a new user, and I was attempting to port some Mathematica code from ...
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Help with writing a polynomial series [duplicate]

I want to write and evaluate an expression something like Sum[x[i] Product[y[j], {j(!=i), 1, n}], {i, 1, n}] but with correct syntax, where n is a any number ...
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Syntax for integrating over limits specified by a Table

I wish to use NIntegrate to compute multidimensional integrals. However, I don't want to manually input the limits for the dimensions. I want to store the ...
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Working of Date[]

Date[] returns the current date of local system, Date[1] returns {2012, 11, 15, 17, 41, 0.3161629}, ...
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Compile with array operations

When I use the function f with only the Module ...
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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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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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Why do two codes give different output?

I have tried the following to get the eigenvalues of several matrices of the type: ...
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How a novice user better understand the Q/A [duplicate]

A novice user reading Q/A here: I sometime need to just understand the syntax and meaning of commands exampled here. where is the best place to find it?
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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: ...