I'm trying to get a step-by-step solution of a system of symbolic equations:

PodStates -> {"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}]

The above code does not work; instead if I have a system of numeric equations, it works:

 PodStates -> {"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}]

The problem is how specify the unknowns.

Thank you for your help.


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WolframAlpha appears to be pretty consistently confused by multicharacter variable names, and sometimes even by single character names.

This appears to work

WolframAlpha["solve {-a*b=Z*c+d,e/f=b+g,h*g+Z*i+Z*j+k=0,i=j+c,-d-Z*c+Z*j+k=0} for {b,j,c,i,g}"]

but doesn't include your PodStates which you try to put back in and get that correct.

  • $\begingroup$ Hello @Bill, I need step-by-step solution; run my second code please. $\endgroup$ Jul 21, 2018 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ I understand what you want/need. I tried over and over and over and over to get "Podstates" to work and I simply failed. I tried your code, I tried other SE examples, I simply failed. But I did show you how to get WolframAlpha to understand and solve your system. And I left it up to you to insert your "Podstates" and get it working, apparently you are better at that than I am. So I hope you are able to complete that last step. $\endgroup$
    – Bill
    Jul 21, 2018 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ Hello @Bill, finally I found the solution also thanks to your reply: WolframAlpha["{-ab=Zc+d,e/f=b+g,hg+Zi+Zj+k=0,i=j+c,-d-Zc+Z*j+k=\ 0} for {b,j,c,i,g}", PodStates -> {"Solution__Step-by-step solution"}] $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2018 at 17:44

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