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Using the Nest function — Confusion on my output

I have the following code and output where the original function is $f(x,a) = a^2 - x^2$. ...
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Scan appears to work setting graph properties, but get error on property-read

This is a self-contained version of something a bit bigger - going for brevity. It is a bit synthetic, but there are applications I have in mind where the {{1,2}} will be replaced with real data, more ...
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How to evaluate sum with different coefficient in each term?

I would like to know if there is a syntax that allows me to enter a sum that has coefficients that vary for every term? I have no interest in evaluating them numerically, but rather to keep them as ...
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GCD of Table entries

This question is from a newbie, so please be gentle in thrashing if I'm missing something very basic. How can I use GCD on a matrix/vector entries stored as Table. For example, if ...
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Partial derivative of defined function with vector input

Background: Have written a formula for the refractive index for a glass slab (n) that depends on the variables t,a and d. Now I want to calculate for example some sort of error and I'll be needing to ...
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What is the correct idiom for mapping a 0 value in a modulo n expression back to n?

What is the correct idiom for mapping the $0$ value in a modulo $n$ expression back to $n$. For example if I want to be sure that any integer value maps back to the index for a character in the ...
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SetterBar Display using MatrixForm

I have vAwGOptns = { {{0}, {0}}, {{1}, {0}}, {{0}, {1}}, {{1}, {1}} }; and would like to select ...
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How to get the outermost command evaluated first?

I have an expression like ToString[Stuff[...]]. I plan on having the Stuff[...] be manipulated as a string according to the output of other parts of the program. The problem is that Mathematica tries ...
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Correctly substituting a matrix into a scalar equation [duplicate]

I am having trouble correctly substituting a matrix into an (originally) scalar equation. For example: A = {{3, 1}, {1, 2}} cp = CharacteristicPolynomial[A, x] ...
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Correct usage of GeoPosition

My goal is to trace a ray down to the ground. I have done: ...
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Remove failed Solve[] attempts

I can't figure how to replace a failed evaluation with a null value. I am very new to Mathematica. I have an equation that are being processed using the Solve[] ...
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Generating sequence of averages of averages of partial sums

I have been given the following code that generates the sequence of averages (of the partial sums) of Grandi's series: ...
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Display a triangle that rotates at certain rate when space bar is held down?

This question is a follow up on: Open a pop up window that runs a calculation in loop until it is closed? How can I open a pop up to show a picture of a triangle that rotates by ...
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RecurrenceTable [closed]

I got an error saying ...
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Cannot use Part in Pure Function [duplicate]

I need to select some lists in the nested list of form of {{1,2,3},{2,3,4}}. I have used Select to complete my work. But when I tried Position, it doesn't work. For example, ...
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Trying to calculate derivatives of spherical harmonics

I am trying to confirm what is shown on this website: http://functions.wolfram.com/Polynomials/SphericalHarmonicY/20/01/01/0001/ But when I type ...
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Appending functions to a list [duplicate]

Could someone please explain the difference between these methods, and possibly a nicer way to get the first result? (This is a toy example and in my real program I'd like to use ...
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Sort lists of vertices {indegrees, outdegrees} by indegree

in = VertexInDegree[F]; out = VertexOutDegree[F]; I want both in and out to be ordered by in. Example: graph has nodes a,b,c with indegrees 1,2,0 and outdegrees ...
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How to set the values into some variables from different lists [duplicate]

I have a list of Values and a list of variables. I want to set the Values into Variables. Assume the following code: ...
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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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Solve this equation symbolically

I am trying to solve the equation for the quantity r = y/x symbolically: 3/y^4 == 3/x^4 + a/(x + 2 y)^4 with the requirement that we need to perform the ...
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How to insert an expression in a Mathematica program?

I need to insert a very large expression in a Mathematica program. So I first Put[large expression,"file"] and then use Block[{}, Get["file"];...] to ...
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Mathematica Empty Plot FourierSinSeries function

I'm trying to get a plot of different order Fourier series of the function x-1, why does Mathematica give me an empty plot? ...
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Is it possible improve the code scanning beyond what SyntaxQ does? [closed]

Please, consider this package (* ::Package:: *) BeginPackage["HelloWorld`"]; a::usage="A"; b::usage="B"; Begin["`Private`"]; a=1; b= End[]; EndPackage[]; ...
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Iterating my function by $4$ using NestList — Syntax Confusion [duplicate]

I want to iterate my function $f(x) = 13xe^{-x}$ by $4$ multiple times. That is, $f, f^{4}, f^{8}, f^{12},\cdots$. Using Nestlist[f,x,4] I can get $f,f^{(2)}, ...
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Meaning of Abs´? [closed]

A friend showed me the code below. r[i_] := {x[i, t], y[i, t], z[i, t]}; rji = r[i] - r[j]; solap = 2 a - Norm[rji]; FullSimplify[D[solap, t]] I'm unsure about ...
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How can I solve the 2D Laplace equation with Neumann boundary conditions? [closed]

I would like to solve the following boundary value problem for $u(x,y)$: PDE $\quad \quad \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial y^2} = 0$ Domain $\quad \quad 0 \le x \le ...
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Mathematica Workflow [duplicate]

What methods/tools/tips have you found that dramatically improved your Mathematica workflow? I have a love/hate relationship with Mathematica. It is useful no doubt, but defies my intuition at every ...
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Using Nearest on a 2D List (seeing extra parentheses)

I am working a problem involving colliding particles. I define a list of particle diameters (effectively a bin distribution). I need to know if two particles collide, in what bin diameter should I ...
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SyntaxForm not correctly parsed by FrontEnd

When using TagBox with SyntaxForm, I noticed sometimes it is not well parsed by the ...
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How would one minimize with respect to an unknown number of variables?

Say I had a function like the following: f[n_] := Sum[a + Subscript[b, k], {k, 0, n}] Such that ...
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Why is my answer being displayed with “Subscript^(0,1)[a,b]”? [duplicate]

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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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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Decapitating “explicit” and “implicit” heads

This is a follow up to this question. So far, I named "explicit" heads to those that appear explicitly in the expression. For example, f[x] has an explicit head. I ...
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Matching Root[…] objects with patterns, unexpected hidden argument

I needed to write patterns that could distinguish between arbitrary-function and polynomial forms of Root objects, for example, ...
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Defining an operator

Let s be a positive integer and let DifferenceDelta be this function with step = 1. Define ...
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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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When is Evaluate needed within function arguments? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do a simple variable substitution within a ContourPlot, but it's not working. Here's an example: ...
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Why function cannot be defined inside For loop? [closed]

I have a following code (which is simplified version of what I am doing): For[i = 1, i <= 5, i++, f[x_] := Sin[x]^2 Print[{i, f[i]}] ] And the question ...
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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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Can't get a plot from piecewise parametric function [closed]

I can't seem get a 3D plot from r[t]. Any suggestions? ...
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Referencing elements of ArrayRules

How do I call elements of ArrayRules by their indices rather than by Part[ArrayRules[list],i]? I'd like to call the element that ...
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How to enter piecewise functions into Mathematica [closed]

I'm trying to enter a piecewise function (named eq30) into Mathematica. However, it seems not to work. The expression I entered is ...
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Setting an element of an array to a value

This may be a simple syntax question, but for some reason I've been having trouble with it. Suppose we have an array arr, and we want to set one of the elements to ...
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Determining whether or not an expression is an integer

I'd like to define a function that controls if a certain number is an integer, rational, algebraic and so far. First, I tried generating a list of those numbers: ...
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Why doesn't Mathematica solve this non linear (fractional) ODE? [closed]

a1 = NDSolve[{y1''[x] - 0.1 y1[x]^0.25 == 0, y1'[0] == 0, y1[1] == 1}, I get the following errors - Power::infy: "Infinite expression 1/0.^0.75 encountered ...
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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 display output as symbols?

I have this piece of code which populates a matrix following different rules depending on row and column number: ...