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2answers
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ParametricPlot3D with three variables

ParametricPlot3D can be used with one or two variables to plot paths and surfaces in 3-D such as ...
3
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1answer
273 views

How can I produce a branch cut in a surface plot based made with ListPlot3D?

I need to create some surface plots, based on a function that is computationally expensive (a few minutes per point). The function has some branch cuts. The command ...
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2answers
435 views

Intersection of two splines

I have a collection of sets of points, each set defining the segment of a (nice) curve on the unit sphere $S^2 \subset \mathbb{R}^3$. The points are computed numerically. I now want to compute the ...
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1answer
106 views

Document settings for online viewing

I'm trying to figure out how to prepare a notebook for NICE online viewing when it's been converted to PDF form. The students I am working with (sadly!) will not be able to use the CDFPlayer to view ...
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2answers
316 views

How to delete all rows in datafile that contain a string

I'm importing some data from a file. However, the file was created by an unreliable instrument, such that the data looks like this: ...
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1answer
103 views

Solve failing and not clear why

I define the function: w[q_, n_, a_] := q/(4 Pi n r^2) (1 - Exp[-2 r/a] (2 (r/a)^2 + 2 (r/a) + 1)) I then want to solve: ...
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108 views

Problem in exporting a plot with background to pdf

Just wondering if someone could help me for this problem. I have utilised prolog to use a jpg image as the background of my plot in order to compare my results with ...
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2answers
181 views

Incorrect numerical derivative of function that uses FindRoot

I am trying to plot the derivative of function g[x] below where g[x] is defined as the root of another equation. However, I am ...
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481 views

Problem with convert matlab function into mathematica version of euler angle

I've wrote a function that will extract euler angle from matrix according to Matlab's function in AeroSpace toolbox's dcm2angle package file. But not quite right. ...
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3answers
234 views

Why does Mathematica not seem to know that $i^x$ cannot be equal to $0$?

I am experiencing a curious behaviour of Simplify when handling expressions involving powers of $\mathbf{i}$, such as $\mathbf{i}^x$ where $x$ is unknown. For ...
4
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0answers
364 views

Ugly font rendering (ubuntu 12, overrides system settings)

Mathematica 9 on Ubuntu 12 renders fonts very poorly. Text is readable, but it makes it very hard to concentrate on programming. Since smoothing on Ubuntu on low DPI screens isn't very good either, ...
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1answer
85 views

How can I programmatically remove tagged cells without scrolling to them?

I've learned a rather succinct way to delete tagged cells using NotebookLocate, but I would prefer the notebook did not scroll to the selection just for a delete ...
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2answers
236 views

Importing numerical data from RTF file

This might be a very simple question but I have been struggling with it for a couple of hours, so thought maybe someone here can show me a quick way of solving it. I have a file in rtf format ...
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1answer
241 views

Manipulate with variable number of sliders plus variable number of functions

I'm trying to setup a Manipulate where I have a variable number of sliders similar to this one, where every slider controls a function. In my case, there will be an additional slider which sets the ...
0
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1answer
102 views

Truncate a fractional value to particular number of bits?

If I have a fractional value, how can I truncate (not round) that to a certain number of bits, like 8? For example, for Pi 3.141569265359... the fractional part is 0.141569265359... ...
3
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1answer
223 views

How could I improve this Central Limit Theorem demonstration speed- and content-wise?

My purpose is to demonstrate the Central Limit theorem by assuming two custom distributions, taking some random samples, calculating their means and ploting the results. Ideally, the histograms should ...
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2answers
1k views

What is an “INTERNAL SELF-TEST ERROR”?

I got this all the time after updating to 9.0 (OS 10.8.2): That's Clipboard|c|3015 for the benefit of anyone searching. The error went away with 9.0.1, but a version has reappeared (multiple times ...
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3answers
97 views

How to get different items in a list to interact to get a result?

I have two lists, for example (the real lists are much longer): list1 = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}; list2 = {9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15}; I want to create a single ...
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1answer
211 views

Read C-formatted hexadecimal numbers?

I have a lot of 32-bit numbers in hexadecimal symbolized as they are in C (for example, 0x1230abde). How can easily read these in Mathematica?
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1answer
547 views

Hex Representation in Mathematica and Python

I want to convert a code from Mathematica to Python. I am using the following code to convert a code to hexadecimal, binary and so on: ...
32
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3answers
5k views

How does one set a logarithmic scale in a ContourPlot?

How does one set a logarithmic scale for both x and y axes in ContourPlot in Mathematica?
4
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2answers
126 views

Non-convergance of the solution of the 1+1 partial differential equation

I am stacked with a partial differential equation as follows: This is the $\LaTeX$ expression for the equation $$ \frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial^2 y(x,t)}{\partial x^2} ...
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2answers
649 views

Find parameters of ODEs to fit solution data

Problem How to find the initial conditions x[0],y[0] and the optimal value of parameters ...
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3answers
229 views

How can I expand a inequality with Abs

I want Abs[x] + Abs[y] <= 1 to be convert to ...
3
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1answer
111 views
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0answers
66 views

kernel shuts down during listplot [duplicate]

In at least the following situations, I have experienced that the kernel has shut down during evaluation. The thing is that there is no message at all when it shuts down. ...
3
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4answers
603 views

I want to calculate the pixel values of an image and export to a standard format

After finishing a few tutorials, I thought I was ready to calculate the pixel values of a large (smaller numbers 20x20 used here) image and export to a standard format (.jpg) but my code doesn't work. ...
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9answers
972 views

How to partition a list of numbers in two lists of numbers such that each lists elements sums up to the same number?

I have the following list of squares. {1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100, 121, 144, 169, 196, 225, 256} Their sum is $1496$, I want to make two partitions ...
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2answers
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How to render a 3D ellipsoid with Graphics3D?

With Graphics3D[Sphere[{0,0,0},1]] I can render a uniform 3D sphere, but how can I render an ellipsoid? I would need to specify the rotation of the ellipsoid and ...
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1answer
82 views

Issues FindRootPlot command

I've had some fun playing around with FindRootPlot for a simple system of equations: ...
27
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7answers
1k views

Nice formatting for the results of a dice game simulation

One of my Mathematica interests is in problems related to the formatting of output. Getting nice formatting from Mathematica is often frustrating, but occasionally Mathematica will delight me by ...
3
votes
3answers
380 views

How to find Image Size of a control object?

I want to find the ImageSize or at least dimensions of any control object irrespective of it being an image or an any other control such as ...
0
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0answers
85 views

creating some smooth density functions

I would like to create some density functions based on some distance measure $D$. As a base density function lets say I have a Gaussian density $f$ with mean $-1$ and variance $1$. I would like to ...
1
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1answer
121 views

Bound on number of function evalulations in FindMinimum

I am minimizing a nonlinear constrained problem using FindMinimum. The problem involves about 200 variables and the function is a black-box which cannot be ...
1
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1answer
173 views

Writing NDSolve-like functions

I've been using Mathematica for a while now, and there are multiple common tasks that I end up doing. I'd like to learn how to convert them into functions so that I can store them in some file and ...
3
votes
3answers
432 views

Animation is jerky, but slider is not

When I do the following simple animation (from the book Mathematica Navigator, p. 316) the slider control changes the image smoothly, but when I play the animation it is jerky. Is there anything that ...
8
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0answers
118 views

Esc-esc for special characters and autocomplete in Mathematica 9 [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Mathematica 9 and have noticed a slightly annoying behavior that I was looking to remedy. In the past I would type special characters, e.g. ...
5
votes
1answer
119 views

Why DateDifference returns machine number?

Is there any specific reason why DateDifference cannot give an exact number in this case? ...
5
votes
4answers
389 views

Display a number in Mathematica 9 in periodic form

I want to display a rational number in Mathematica in periodic style. PeriodicForm isn't working anymore. It worked in Mathematica 5 and now I'm using Mathematica ...
3
votes
2answers
81 views

Cell copy results in jaggy, aliased output

When I copy a cells by selecting them from the collapse bars on the right, then using the context menu option "Copy", the pasted image of plots is not anti-aliased and in general the text seems to ...
6
votes
1answer
238 views

Iteration process involving several functions

I would like to carry out a following iteration process: Apply function f1[a_,b_,c_,d_] to a starting list l1={a1,b1,c1,d1}, ...
11
votes
2answers
427 views

How can I make a cell that contains an image which can be shifted?

When you're looking at some help pages, they may have cells containing images which can be shifted within the cell by left-clicking and dragging the mouse. Here is a sample: ...
2
votes
1answer
117 views

Function to differentiate between date pattern and specific string format

I'd like to write a function that behaves one way when the argument is a Mathematica date, such as {2013,12,15}, or with added hours, minutes and seconds if ...
3
votes
1answer
117 views

Frontend coloring of Table[x, {x, 0, x}]

I have a small question about how the Mathematica frontend colours in the variables that appear in (wrongly written) iterators. More specifically, I'm intrigued by the colour of the third ...
2
votes
1answer
355 views

How do I label contour lines that are superimposed on a 3d plot?

I need to generate a 3D plot of a function, say $z = \sin(x)\cos(y)$, with contour lines drawn at specified intervals. I also want to label each contour line with its $z$-value. I have discovered how ...
2
votes
1answer
213 views

How to create a SparseArray satisfying multiple conditions on Parts and Elements of a Matrix?

I have a matrix m1 of size $3 \times 19$. Rows $1$, $2$ and $3$ represent $3$ different groups, and columns represent $4$ different blocks: block1 - columns $1$, ...
3
votes
2answers
210 views

Variable length list with # and [[i]] as elements

I need to create a list that as an input receives the number $N$ of elements that it will contain and that returns: ...
5
votes
1answer
163 views

Omitting singularities from plot by specifying them in range

See the Mathematica 'basic plotting' documentation: http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/tutorial/BasicPlotting.html Scroll down to the third plot on that page, which says the following: "The ...

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