# Tagged Questions

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### What is $\int (1-e^{-x})^n dx$?

For my purposes, $n$ is a non-negative integer, and $x > 0$. I didn't know how to evaluate this integral, so I plugged it into Mathematica. It told me the solution is $(-1)^n B(e^x; -n, n+1)$ I ...
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### Precision of starting values in FindMinimum

I am currently working on an optimization of chemical kinetic model. Starting points for FindMinimum is defined as: k10 = 2.45*10^-1 and k20 = 8.65*10^-11. The step monitor is used to show calculated ...
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### Solving differential equations with Wolfram Mathematica

So I saw this differential equations in my textbook $$\frac{{{d^4}\omega }}{{d{x^4}}} + 4{\lambda ^4}\omega = 0$$ and I figured why not solve it with majestic Wolfram Mathematica. So I wrote this ...
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### Dual curve of the lemniscate of Bernoulli?

Does anybody happen to know the homogeneous equation $F(u,v,w) = 0$ for the algebraic curve dual to the lemniscate of Bernoullli: $$F(x,y,x) = (x^2 + y^2)^2 - A (x^2 -y^2)z^2 = 0?$$ I looked at the ...
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### Finding feasible solution of inequalities in math software

I have a Math problem where I have some true statements, and I want to know if there is a feasible solution to an equation. I would like to know how to do that in either Matlab or Mathematica. The ...
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### A numerical evaluation of $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(-1)^{\frac{n(n+1)}{2}}\frac1{n!}\int_0^1x^{(n)} dx$

I would like to obtain a numerical evaluation of the series $$S=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(-1)^{\frac{n(n+1)}{2}}\frac1{n!}\int_0^1x(x+1)\cdots(x+n-1)\: dx$$ to five significant digits. I've used ...
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### Inverse gradient as line integral in Mathematica

I found a nice paper about inverse vector operators here. I have successfully defined a Mathematica function for inverse curl and inverse divergence, however I can't figure out how to do inverse ...
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### How does Matlab, Maple, etc…solve algebraic and differential equations internally?

I would be very interested finding out how does Matlab, Maple, etc…solve algebraic and differential equations internally? Anyone know how they do it?
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### How to actually use the Weierstrass-Enneper parameterization to draw a minimal surface?

I'm interested in drawing (with Mathematica for example) the generalized Scherk saddle tower with threefold symmetry, a shape that I find very attractive. In an article (see here) I found the ...
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### The mathematics of anaglyph images

Note: I'm not quite sure whether this question properly belongs to the Mathematica or to the mathematics Stack Exchange. But because my question mainly concerns general mathematical principles rather ...
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### Minimizing a function in Mathematica

Edit: I simplified the function using $\textbf{Simplify[...]}$ How can I minimize this function of $x$, where $l$ is a positive constant? $$\frac{1}{2} \sqrt{\frac{x}{l}+\frac{l}{x}+4 x^2-2}$$ ...
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### Scaling axis on Mathematica's plots

I'm trying to get the plot below only I want the ratio y:x to be 1:1 instead of 2:1. I want the ellipse to look tall and slim instead of short and fat. Here's the code line if you want to copy and ...
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### How do I plot normal distribution

If I know the range (1-24) and know the area (X), how can I plot a normal distribution so that the curve has area X?
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### Generating a data set that approximates another given random variable

One of the question my friend was asked in technical interview : The probability density function for a normal random variable with μ = 0.6 and σ = 0.7:​ Below is the code to generate the ...
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### Expected number of passengers for the flight

One of the interview questions that I was asked was : The small commuter plane has 30 seats. The probability that any particular passenger will not show up for a flight is 0.1, independent of ...
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### Reference for closed form integral of $\int_0^1 dz\,z^n/(z-a)$

Is there a closed form (non-recursive) expression for the definite integral $$\int_0^1 dz \frac{z^n}{z-a}, \qquad n\in\mathbb{Z}_+ \text{ and } a\notin (0,1)$$ for general $n$ and $a$ given in terms ...
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### Integration: $\frac{2}{\pi} \int_0^\pi \frac{\sin(nx)}{10}x(\pi-x) \mathrm{d}x$ Can someone matlab/mathematica/maple it for me?

I want to compute $\frac{2}{\pi} \int_0^\pi \frac{\sin(nx)}{10}x(\pi-x) \mathrm{d}x$, where $n=1,2,3,4,\dots$ I worked this by hand and got the result: $-\frac{4\cos(nx)}{10n^3\pi}$ To check my ...
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### Mathematica Giving Me Trouble

I'm new to mathematica and am just learning the basics. I've run into a few things that I can't figure out. The first is this: "Number 11" $$r[t\_] := \{(1/3)*(t^3), 0.5 * t^2, t\}$$ (*Unit ...