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What is mean value of Jacobian in finite difference method?

I was reading a paper, where the author gives a method for solving a differential equations system using finite difference method. I am trying to simulate this result. The problem I am facing is that ...
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Curve-fitting using circles

I'm working for a firm, who can only use straight lines and (parts of) circles. Now I would like to do the following: imagine a square of size $5\times5$. I would like to expand it with $2$ in the ...
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Calculate integral curve through a discretely sampled vector field

given a finite sample of a smooth vector field, i.e. a set $$S=\{(p_i,v_i)\mid i\in \{1,\dots, n\}, p_i,v_i\in\mathbb{R}^2\}$$ where the $p_i$ are the points at which we have a vector $v_i$, how do I ...
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Does this approximation always overestimate?

So, I'm working on a method that calculates $\cos\theta : \theta \in [0, \frac{\pi}{2})$ using geometric methods, and I'm trying to work out the error of the approximation. I have a wonderful estimate ...
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Could anyone explain why this is a general case of Weierstrass Approximation?

Suppose $X_1, X_2 ...$ are independent Bernoulli random variables. with probability $p$ and $1-p$. Let $\bar{X}_n = \frac{1}{n} \sum\limits_{i=1}^nX_i$. If $U \in C^0([0,1],\mathbb{R})$, then ...
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Error bound in the sum of chords approximation to arc length

We are currently covering arc length in the calculus class I'm teaching, and since most of the integrals involved are impossible to solve analytically, I'd like to have my students do some ...
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Approximation for f''(x) using forward, centered, or backward difference

I have a question with respect to deriving an approximation for $f^{''}(x)$ using the forward, backward, or centered difference. It goes as follows: "Using the method of your choice, construct an ...
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Approximating $\frac{a+\delta a}{b + \delta b}$

I have two quantities $a(t)$ and $b(t)$ that have a constant mean ($a$ and $b$) and some small fluctuating noise part with vanishing mean $\delta a(t)$ and $\delta b(t)$. I'll write them as $a(t) = a ...
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Obtaining exact decimals in bisection method

While studying the bisection for the approximation of roots of non-linear equations I was given the following bound for the error: $|x_n-s| \leq \frac{(b-a)}{2^{n+1}}$ where $x_n$ is the n-th ...
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Approximated second derivative

Approximated second derivative of $y(0)''$ function $y(x)$ at x = 0 difference quotient, using the values ​​of $y(x)$ at the sites of the three-point template $ {x}_{1} = \frac {-4h} { 5}, {x} _ {2} = ...
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Approximated second derivative

Approximated second derivative of $y(0)''$ function $y(x)$ at x = 0 difference quotient, using the values ​​of $y(x)$ at the sites of the three-point template $ {x}_{1} = \frac {-4h} { 5}, {x} _ {2} = ...
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Unbounded approximation algorithm for minimum vertex cover

Suppose we find the minimum vertex cover of a graph by repeatedly choosing the vertex with the highest degree and delete all edges incident on that vertex, until there are no edges left. How can one ...
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Infinite products of even analytic functions - highly accurate approximation

I discovered a way to evaluate infinite products of even analytic functions with high accuracy. $$ \prod_{k=1}^{\infty} f(k^2) \approx \prod_{k=1}^{\infty} ...
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Step in using Stirling's formula to get an upper bound

I'm having trouble seeing why the following holds. Given the conditions that $N=\binom{n}{2}$ and $m$ is a function of $n$ such that $N-m \to \infty$ as $n \to \infty$, why is it that $$(1+o(1)) ...
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Reverse economization of Chebyshev series

Suppose I have some function which is represented as converging series of Chebyshev polynomials of first kind in $[-1;1]$: $$ f(x)=\sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty a_n T_{2n}(x) $$ I need to transform this ...
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Density of polynomials in $\cos t$ in $\mathcal{C}^0([0,\pi],\mathbb{R})$

I'm looking at the Fourier cosine transform, and as a preliminary I have to show that every $f$ in $\mathcal{C}^0([0,\pi],\mathbb R)$ is the uniform limit of a sequence of functions of the form $t\to ...
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Why is $\tan 3 + \pi$ a near-integer? [closed]

When playing with my calculator I found that $$\tan 3 + \pi \approx 3$$ Is there a mathematical reason for this?
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Something similar to the bizarre Koide formula?

In 1981, Koide found the empirical relation, $$\frac{m_e+m_\mu+m_\tau}{\big(\sqrt{m_e}+\sqrt{m_\mu}+\sqrt{m_\tau}\big)^2} = 0.666659\dots\approx \frac{2}{3}\tag1$$ where $m$ are the masses of the ...
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Find the linearization of the function at 0

The problem asks: Find the linearization of $f(x)= \sqrt{a+bx} $ at $0$ To get all parts of $L(x) \approx f(c) - f'(c)(x-c)$ I've done: $$f(0) = \sqrt{a}$$ $$f'(0) = {b\over 2\sqrt{a}} $$ Now: ...
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Find alternative shortest paths given extra properties

This is a follow-up question for a question I asked at here. The problem is mapped to a graph with say non-negative weights on edges (no preference if it can be directed or not). However, along with a ...
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Interpolating sequence problem.

Below is a question which I cannot quite figure out. Any tips would help appreciated!I've been working on this for about a month. "Let $(z_j)$ be a sequence of distinct points in a domain $D$ that ...
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Taylor expansion of this electric field

I'm trying to determine what happens when R>>z for the below equation $\frac{z\sigma}{2\varepsilon }\left ( \frac{1}{z}-\frac{1}{\sqrt{R^{2}+z^{2}}} \right )$ Like most books, which is a great ...
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Minimal error given when making an approximation of $f(x)$ by sines and cosines

I am studying by myself Fourier analysis and have encountered the following problem: We are trying to approximate a function by a finite sum of sines and cosines with general constant coeficients: ...
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Approximating $x=\sqrt{2}+1$

Suppose $y>1$ is some approximation to $x=\sqrt{2}+1$. Give a brief reason (not a proof) why one should expect $(1/y)+2$ to be a closer approximation to $x$ than $y$ is. After testing this ...
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Show a bound on the error

Suppose $g \in C[a,b]$, and $M(b-a) < 1$, and let $y$, $y_N$ $\in C[a,b]$ be the unique solutions of the equations, $y = g + Ky$ and $y_N = g + K_N y_N$. $y_N$ has been previously defined as an ...
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A simple approximation algorithm?

I'm not sure if this method works perfect, but I have found it to work in approximating things easily, that is, you need no more than simple algebra to understand this method. Suppose you are trying ...
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How can I prove two empirically derived graphs are topologically equivalent?

I have two graphs that I've derived from an empirical data set and I suspect that they're topologically equivalent. It seems much easier to show that these graphs are not equivalent than to show that ...
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approximation of a trigonometric sum

I have a trigonometric sum as below $$\frac{1}{N^2}\sum_{r=0}^{N-1}\frac{\sin^2(\pi e)}{\sin^2(\frac{\pi(r-n+e))}{N})}\frac{\cos^2(\frac{\pi(Ne-e-r+n)}{N})}{\cos^2(\frac{\pi(Ne-e)}{N})}$$ and I want ...
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A series to prove $\frac{22}{7}-\pi>0$

After T. Piezas answered Is there a series to show $22\pi^4>2143\,$? a natural question is Is there a series that proves $\frac{22}{7}-\pi>0$? One such series may be found combining ...
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About Taylor series

Suppose $f(0) = 0, f'(0) = 2, f''(0) = −1$ and $|f''' (x)| ≤ 0.024$ for $0 ≤ x ≤ 2$. Estimate $f(1)$ to $4$ significant figures by using a Taylor polynomial. Compute a good bound for the absolute ...
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Is $\pi^k$ any closer to its nearest integer than expected?

Particular questions such as Why is $\pi$ so close to $3$? or Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$? may be regarded as the first two cases of the question sequence Why is $\pi^k$ so close to its nearest ...
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Another way to calculate $\cos(x)$ and $\cosh (x)$

I usually don't see any expressions for approximate calculation of trigonometric functions aside from their Taylor series. But Taylor series work better for small angles, so in general they are not ...
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Is there a series to show $22\pi^4>2143\,$?

This extends this post. I. For $\pi^3$: $$\pi^6-31^2 =\sum_{k=0}^\infty\left(-\frac{63}{(2k+2)^6}+\frac{31^2}{(2k+3)^6}\right) =\sum_{k=0}^\infty P_1(k)\tag1$$ As pointed out by J. Lafont, when ...
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Approximating $\prod_{r=s}^t (1-b/r)$

I am currently trying to place an order of precision on the approximation $$\prod_{r=s}^t \left(1-\frac{b}{r}\right) \approx \left(\frac{s}{t}\right)^b$$ This follows because $$\prod_{r=s}^t ...
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Best Approximate Solution of Heat Equation (Diffusive Logistic Equation)

If $u(x,t) \ge 0$ in the domain $ (0 \times 1) \times (0,\infty)$, find a function that caps the value of $u(x,t)$ in the region $(0 \times 1) \times (0,T)$. $u(x,t)$ is a solution of the following ...
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Searching an Approximation Formula for Two Parameters

I have an algorithm with two parameters ($p_1$ and $p_2$) and one result ($x$). Interesting (for me) parameters and results are: ...
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How to find approximate value of $1.01e^{1.01({0.99) }^2} $?

I want to find the approximate value of $1.01e^{1.01({0.99) }^2}$ by using derivative. I tried choosing x=1 and $\delta x=0.01$ it didnt work. How can I start?
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A monotonically increasing series for $\pi^6-961$ to prove $\pi^3>31$

This question is motivated by Why is $\pi$ so close to $3$?, Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$? and Proving $\pi^3 \gt 31$. I. $\pi$ and $\pi^2$ There are series with all terms positive for ...
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Continuity of Monte-Carlo simulations with uniformly distributed input parameters

Suppose a continuous and monotone function $f:\mathbb{N} \times \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ to be given. So, in the general case, if I slightly change parameters $a$ and $b$, the function ...
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Finding a root approach with a polynomial

So, i'm solving last's year's exams in Mathematical Analysis and i've found one interesting. It says: The equation $e^{-4x}=5x^2$ has one root close to (nearby) 0. By approaching $e^{-4x}$(close to ...
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Find required degree of Maclaurin polynomial to estimate the cosine to two decimal places

I have a question where I am asked to find the amount of terms required in a Maclaurin polynomial to estimate $\cos(1)$ to be correct to two decimal places. So far what I have done is used Taylor's ...
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Why is $\pi^2$ so close to $10$?

Noam Elkies explained why $\pi^2=9.8696...$ is so close to $10$ using an inequality on Euler's solution to Basel problem $$\frac{\pi^2}{6}=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\left(k+1\right)^2}$$ to form ...
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Proof that $\frac{2}{3} < \log(2) < \frac{7}{10}$

Positive integrals $$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{2x(1-x)^2}{1+x^2}dx=\pi-3$$ and $$\int_0^1\frac{x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}dx=\frac{22}{7}-\pi $$ (http://math.stackexchange.com/a/1618454/134791) prove that ...
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approximating random variable

Can anyone explain the construction of the sequence of simple random variables that can be approximated to any random variable? $ X_n(\omega)=\sum_{k=0}^{n2^{n}} k2^{-n}$ where $\, k2^{-n} \leq ...
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Mixing Fuzzy Logic and Probabilistic interpretation of a dataset

A probabilistic data cloud is a set $M$ of data points $\{m_i\}_i$, where each data point $m_i$ is associated to an event $E_i$ expressing the set of the occurrences of $m_i$ in any possible ...
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small amplitude oscillation of rotating system.

I've solved the euler-lagrange equation for a frictionless bead on circular vertical loop of radius a where the loop is rotating at $\Omega$ to get the equation of motion for the bead as ...
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functional analysis (Faedo Galerkin Method)

if \begin{equation} \left\{ \begin{array}{l} (u^{0\nu },u^{1\nu },v^{0\nu },v^{1\nu },p^{0\nu },q^{0\nu }) \rightarrow (u^{0},u^{1},v^{0},v^{1},p^{0},q^{0}) \\ \text{strongly in } (H^1_\gamma \cap ...
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Is there a section of mathematics that studies near-integer equations.

When I saw: $$e^\pi-\pi \approx 20$$ I thought it was pretty cool. And : $$\pi^3 \approx 31$$ So now the thought comes to me is what positive integer value of $n$ will make the expression: ...
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A series related to $\pi\approx 2\sqrt{1+\sqrt{2}}$

This question follows a suggestion by Tito Piezas in Is there an integral or series for $\frac{\pi}{3}-1-\frac{1}{15\sqrt{2}}$? Q: Is there a series by Ramanujan that justifies the approximation ...