A "closed form expression" is any representation of a mathematical expression in terms of "known" functions, "known" usually being replaced with "elementary".

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Curious about an empirically found continued fraction for tanh

First of all, and since this is my first question in this forum, I would like to specify that I am not a professional mathematician (but a philosophy teacher); I apologize by advance if something is ...
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Dilogarithm identity containing the tribonacci constant

The motivation of this question is the brilliant conjecture by @Tito Piezas III. In $(4)$ of his question the equation seems to be true for all $n > 1$ real numbers. The case $n=2$ leads us to a ...
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A conjectured identity for tetralogarithms $\operatorname{Li}_4$

I experimentally discovered (using PSLQ) the following conjectured tetralogarithm identity: $$\begin{align}&\phantom{+\;}19\!\;\pi^4-570\ln^42-90\ln^43\\ ...
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A closed form for $\sum_{k=1}^\infty \psi^{(1)} (k+a)\psi^{(1)} (k+b)$

The following result $$ \sum_{k=1}^\infty\left(\psi^{(1)} (k)\right)^2 = 3\zeta(3) $$ where $\psi^{(1)}$ is the polygamma function makes me think there is a nice sum for the series $$ ...
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Analytic form of: $ \int \frac{\bigl[\cos^{-1}(x)\sqrt{1-x^2}\bigr]^{-1}}{\ln\bigl( 1+\sin(2x\sqrt{1-x^2})/\pi\bigr)} dx $

Background: On my quest to solve difficult integrals, I chanced upon this site: http://www.durofy.com/5-most-beautiful-questions-from-integral-calculus/ Good problems for me, (novice), although I ...
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Is there a simple expression for $\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \left[ (4x)^n \frac{(n!)^2}{(2n+1)!} \right]^2?$

Is there a simple expression for the power series $$\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \left[ (4x)^n \frac{(n!)^2}{(2n+1)!} \right]^2?$$ This question came up in a quantum mechanics problem. Mathematica only returns ...
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Closed form of a difficult definite integral

I'm looking for a closed-form expression for the value of this integral: $$I=\int_0^\pi \frac{\sin(x)}{\sqrt{x^3+x+1}} dx$$ The graph of the integrand looks like this: $\hskip 2.4 in$ Numerically, ...
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Nice way to express the radical $\sqrt{4+\sqrt[3]{4+\sqrt[4]{4+\dots}}}$

Since $e=\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{n!}=1+1+\frac12(1+\frac13(1+\frac14(1+\dots)))$ We have $4^{e-2}=\sqrt{4\cdot\sqrt[3]{4\cdot\sqrt[4]{4\cdots}}}$ Is there however a nice way to express the radical ...
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Known exact values of the $\operatorname{Li}_3$ function

We know some exact values of the trilogarithm $\operatorname{Li}_3$ function. Known real analytic values for $\operatorname{Li}_3$: $\operatorname{Li}_3(-1)=-\frac{3}{4} \zeta(3)$ ...
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An incorrect answer for an integral

As the authors pointed out in this paper (p. 2), the following evaluation which was in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik (sixth edition) is incorrect (and has been removed). $$ ...
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Relations between definite integrals not having a known closed form

Are there any known cases, when there are two (or more) definite integrals, none of them having any known closed-form expression on its own, but there is still a non-trivial$^\dagger$ elementary ...
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Rational series representation of $e^\pi$

This question is related to Why $e^{\pi}-\pi \approx 20$, and $e^{2\pi}-24 \approx 2^9$? by Tito Piezas III. Andrew Fraker (2014) found an almost-integer which is equivalent to the following ...
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Infinite series involving factorials of squares

Does $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{(n^2)!}=2.04167\dots$$ possess a closed form?
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Closed-form of integrals containing double exponentials

Are there closed forms for the following integrals? $$\begin{align} I_1(w) & = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\exp(-we^y)}{y^2+\pi^2} dy, \\ I_2(w) & = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} ...
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Non-existence of closed-form solutions

An equation like $$a^x+b^x=1$$ can be turned to the form $$t^\alpha+t=1$$ by a suitable change of variable. When $\alpha$ is a rational we can put that in a polynomial form $$u^p+u^q=1$$ and ...
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Simplifying a certain polylogarithmic sum in two variables

This question is related to my previous question here. While tinkering around for a solution I found that the integral there can be reduced to the problem of solving the following basic logarithmic ...
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Challenging integral: $\int_0^Z\frac{\alpha^{(1-x^2)}}{1-x^2} dx$

I'd like to find a symbolic form for the following integral: $$ f(\alpha, Z) = \int_0^Z\frac{\alpha^{(1-x^2)}}{1-x^2} dx $$ It is given that $0 \le \alpha \le 1$ and $0 \le Z < 1$. The following ...
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Closed form of an infinite series of integrals $\int_{0}^{\eta} \cos nt \cos t \sqrt{\cos^2 t - \cos^2 \eta}$

Let $$ I(n,\eta) = \int_{0}^{\eta} \cos nt \, \cos t \, \sqrt{\cos^2 t - \cos^2 \eta}\; dt $$ where it is known that $0 < \eta \leq \frac \pi 2$. Is it possible to evaluate $S$, the infinite ...
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Can these integrals be represented in closed form?

This paper in the formula F.3.6 (page 271) gives the following formula for the derivative of Hurwitz Zeta function: $$\frac ...
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Closed form of a “harmonic” alternating dilogarithm sum

Does the following sum $$ S = \sum_{n\geq 2}(-1)^n \mathrm{Li}_2(2/n) = 1.14434\ 42096\ 91982\ 23727\ 39852\ 45805\ldots $$ have a closed form in terms of known constants? Neither the inverse ...
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Integral of a product of five Bessel functions of order $0$

Does the following integral have a closed form? $$ \mathcal{J}(2,3,5,7,11) = \int_0^\infty x J_0(x\sqrt{2})J_0(x\sqrt{3})J_0(x\sqrt{5})J_0(x\sqrt{7})J_0(x\sqrt{11})\,dx. $$ I know that some similar ...
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Value of a Sine-Like Infinite Product

Does the following infinite product have a "nice" closed form? $$ P = \prod_{k=2}^{\infty} \left(\left(1 - \frac{1}{k^2}\right)^\dfrac{(-1)^k}{k}\right) $$ I know that without the power one could ...
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Can we consider a hypergeometric function as a closed-form?

Let's say a calculus problem like an integral or a series has a solution that inevitably involving a hypergeometric function. It turns out that hypergeometric function cannot be expressed in term of ...
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Log Log Integrals III

The integrals \begin{align} I_{7} = \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x) \ \ln^{2}\left( \ln \left(\frac{1}{x}\right) \right) \ \frac{dx}{1-x} \end{align} and \begin{align} I_{8} = \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x) \ \ln^{2}\left( ...
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Simplify $\int_0^\infty \frac{\text{d}{x}}{e^x+x^n}$

I seem to have seen quite a lot of integrals in the form: $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\text{d}x}{e^x+(1+x^n)}$$ But none of those hold a closed forms (at least to my knowledge) ...
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Can anyone identify the function that represents this infinite product?

$$\lim_{\omega \to \infty} \prod_{N=1}^{\omega} {{1+e^{b \cdot c^{-N}}} \over 2}$$ For instance, the Lerch Transcendent is a analogous example of a special function that defines the sum of a useful ...
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Is there a closed-form expression for Shapley value of glove game?

Suppose we have a coalition game with transferable utilities, with $m$ players having a right-handed glove and $n$ players having a left-handed glove. The value of a coalition is equal to the number ...
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How do I find the finite limits of this infinite product?

What is... $$\lim_{\omega \to \infty} \left( {1 \over {a^{\omega}}} \cdot \prod_{N=1}^{\omega} (1+e^{b \cdot c^{-N}}) \right)$$ I'd like closed form solutions, and in this case that means any ...
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Prove that an equation has no elementary solution

There are methods proving that a polynomial isn't solvable in radical extensions (see Abel–Ruffini theorem) or proving that an integral or a differential equation has no solutions expressible through ...
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Exact values of error function

The error function is defined as $$\operatorname{erf}(z)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_0^z e^{-t^2} \, dt.$$ We know that the Gaussian integral is $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-x^2}\,dx=\sqrt{\pi}.$$ ...
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Closed-form expression for a hypergeometric series

What is the closed-form expression for $${}_2 F_1 \left(1+2\lceil n/2\rceil,-n;1/2;-z/4\right)$$ According to the book Concrete Mathematics (R.Graham, D.Knuth, O.Patashnik 2nd), the authors say the ...
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What is asymptotics of this oscillatory double sum? (Fractal Dimension problem)

The term Gibbs Phenomenon refers to the peculiar way Fourier Series behave at sharp changes in a function's value. However, this problem becomes particularly annoying to deal with when trying to ...
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Is there a closed form for $n^k$ in terms of $\Delta n^{k+1},\Delta n^k$, …?

Let $\Delta$ be a sort of difference operator on a function $f(n)$ such that $$\Delta f(n)=f(n+1)-f(n)$$ Take the basic power function $f(n)=n^k$, $k\in\mathbb{N}\cup\{0\}$. Then we get ...
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Any closed form for this expression?$ \sum_{k=0,\,l=0}^{k=n,\,l=m}\frac{\lambda^{l+k}}{k!\,l!}\sqrt{\frac{n!\,m!}{(n-k)!(m-l)!}}\delta_{n-k,\,m-l}$

I am looking for a closed form of this expression. If you have seen something like this or remember something similar, please let me know. My sincere thank! $$ ...
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Infinite Series $\sum_{m=1}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^{m-1}}{m^m}$

Any ideas to calculate this infinite sum? The ratio test guarantees the convergence; $$\lim_{m\to \infty} \frac{m^m}{(m+1)^{(m+1)}}=0<1$$
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closed form is exact in euclidean space

Question is to show that $d(f)=0$ for a $0$ form on $\mathbb{R}^n$ then $f$ is a constant function. See that $$0=df=\sum_i\frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i}dx_i$$ implies that $\frac{\partial ...
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Does a better form exists for the coefficients of this product of power series?

Let $$f(a,b,t) = \sqrt{1-at}\sqrt{1-bt}$$ We take the series for $\sqrt{1-at}$ and $\sqrt{1-bt}$ around $t = 0$ and multiply them together to find $$f(a,b,t) = \sum_{n=0}^\infty ...
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About the closed form for $\lim_{y\to +\infty}\left(-\frac{2}{\pi}\log(1+y)+\int_{0}^{y}\frac{|\cos x\,|}{1+x}\,dx\right)$

Recently, when facing a baby Rudin's exercise, I proved that: $$ \int_{0}^{y}\frac{|\cos x\,|}{1+x}\,dx = \frac{2}{\pi}\log(1+y)+O(1) $$ holds by integration by parts. Now I wonder if ...
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Closed form expression for a sum

I want to calculate a sum of the form $$\sum_{k=0}^m \frac{\Gamma[m+1+\alpha-k]^2}{\Gamma[m+1-k]^2}\frac{\Gamma[x+k]}{\Gamma[x]k!}$$ where $m>0$ and belongs to integers and $\alpha$ takes half ...
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generalization of geometric series $ \sum_{k=0}^\infty x^{p(k)} $

I have been playing around with infinite series and I wondered if it is possible to find an expression for the series: $$ \sum_{k=0}^\infty x^{p(k)} $$ as a generalization of geometric series. $p(k)$ ...
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How to work with a recursive function with 2 recursive instances?

In class, we figured out how to find the closed form of a recursive definition through the "basic 5 steps method". Example function T(n): If n = 1, T(1) = 1 If n > 1, T(n) = T(n-1)+1 Step 1: ...
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Closed-form expression of a definite integral

Does this definite integral admit a closed-form in terms of elementary functions? $$\int_0^{\infty } \frac{x}{\left(x^4+1\right) \left(2 x^2-2 \arctan\left(x^2\right)+\pi \right)} \, dx.$$
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Solving equation with LambertW function?

Does the equation $$ a = b x e^x + c x + d e^x $$ have a solution form solution? I tried to look for it by using the LambertW funcion, but I did not succeed. Thanks in advance.
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Closed form of specific series

I'm working on a problem that involves the integrals of various Bessel functions that Mathematica can't symbolically handle. I've managed to grind out the transformations and integrals by hand, and ...
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A photon in expanding Universe (a snail on a tree)

I want to know how far a snail can reach in expanding universe. It has a constant speed c = 1 and tree is expanding at speed $v= H_0 D$, with Hubble constant $H_0 = 1$. Here D(T) is the distance of ...
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How to resolve this equation for $f(n)$ without using $f(n-1)$

I have an equation related to some work I'm doing on Poisson distribution where I'm calculating a sequence of 100 values between a minimum and maximum value which is set by another formula. ...
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Arithmetic-quadratic mean and other “means by limits of means”

For $x,y$ positive real numbers, and $p\neq 0$ real, define the Hölder $p$-mean $$M_p(x,y) := \left(\frac{x^p+y^p}{2}\right)^{1/p}$$ whereas $$M_0(x,y) := \sqrt{xy}$$ is the limit of $M_p(x,y)$ when ...
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Solving the logarithmic rational equation

I'm wondering there exist the way to solve the equation form of: $$ \log f(x) + g(x) = c $$ where $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are rational functions, $c$ is a constant. Is there any general(in closed form) ...
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Intriguing Poisson sum with hyperbolic function

I've been playing with lots of Poisson sums lately, and I thought this one to be interesting: $$\sum_{k\in\mathbb{Z}}\left(\frac{1}{(k+x)\sinh{(k+x)\pi q}}-\frac{1}{\pi q (k+x)^2}\right)$$I want to ...
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Is there a closed-form solution (even approximated) to this inequality?

I have the following function: $f(x, \theta) = (1-\theta)(x+1)^{-\theta}\left[ \frac{2-2\theta}{1- 2\theta} (N^{1-2\theta} - (x+1)^{1-2\theta}) - (x+1)^{-\theta}(N^{1-\theta} - (x+1)^{1-\theta}) ...