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Numerically solve an equation using Python

How could I (numerically) solve this equation for $\alpha$ given $x_i$ (these are known) ? $\sum_{i=1}^N\frac{1}{x_i-\alpha} = \frac{2N}{\sum_{i=1}^{N}(x_i-\alpha)^2}\sum_{i=1}^{N}{(x_i-\alpha)}$ In ...
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Why we not check conditions while solving questions?

Note:Down ward problem is just an example to express my question(I know the both solution of problem are insufficient but the first solution is in my 10+2 book and second one is mine which is ...
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Find two fractions such that their sum added to their product equals $1$

This is a very interesting word problem that I came across in an old textbook of mine. So I managed to make a formula redefining the question, but other than that, the textbook gave no hints really ...
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When Ben added $2$ of $4$ together repeatedly, he got $4$ consecutive numbers. Show that either $3$ or $1$ of his $4$ numbers were even

Ben had $4$ numbers: $a, b, c,$ and $d$. $a+c=e$ $a+d=f$ $b+c=g$ $b+d=h$ $e,f,g,h$ are consecutive. Prove that either $1$ or $3$ of $a,b,c,d$ were even
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What are the $5$ different combinations of $4$ numbers that can add to $8, 9, 10$ or $11$? [duplicate]

There are $5$ combinations of $4$ numbers from $1-9$. If you write these on two coins, so there are $2$ numbers on each coin. Then you flip the coin. The sum of the two numbers add to $8,9,10,$ or ...
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How many different ways can you order a binary code (only 1s and 0s) if there is 5 of one and 6 of the other?

If you have 6 0's and 5 1's, like in binary, how many different ways can you order them? Also, there is a popup saying that the question appears subjective. Is it?
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How can the policeman catch the gangster?

I try to solve the following problem (Moscow Mathematical Olympiad, 1978) There is a town with six streets: four sides of a square and two its middle lines. Policeman tries to catch a gangster. If ...
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Given $f(x)=x^2-4x+3$, find the points on the curve $y=f(x)$ where the tangent to the curve passes through -6.

Given $f(x)=x^2-4x+3$, find the points on the curve $y=f(x)$ where the tangent to the curve passes through $(0,-6)$. State the equations of the tangents at these points. Hi everyone, I tried to find ...
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Sum of correlated random variables and the Law of Large Numbers?

Suppose I have a random variable $X$ which can take values on the set $\mathcal{X}=\{1,2,\dots,m\}$ and $X$ is drawn according to the given probability mass function ...
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Using the Weak Law of Large Numbers for a product or random variables?

I need to calculate the average of the following quantity: \begin{equation} S_n=\prod_{i=1}^nS(X_i) \tag{1} \label{eq:1} \end{equation} with $S(X_i):=o_{X_i}b_{X_i}$, where each $X_i\in ...
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How can I find the necessary speed and speed of rotation for a problem from a parametric equation?

I have been given the following questions for a project that I am currently working on: Questions 1 to 8 I have completed questions 1 through 6 but have no idea how to do questions 6 or 7 after ...
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What are some efficient ways to go about a problem where you cannot exceed the other by 2?

I need an efficient way to go about this problem, for practice for my problem solving test. This is not a part of the actual test. This is the type of question that I am struggling with There are two ...
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Is there a analytic algorithm to solve for a partially specified constant present in function & its derivative with the rate of change at an x value?

I have a Calculus problem that I am not entirely happy with how I solved it. Given the following information: $$y = x^{k} + x^{k-2}$$ $$(k \in \mathbb{N}) \wedge (k \mod{2} \neq 0) \wedge (k > ...
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partition of $\mathbb{Z}$ into finitely many translation

Few days ago, a friend of mine gave me this problem : Let $X \subset \mathbb{Z}$ and suppose that $a_1, a_2, \cdots, a_n$ are integers such that $X+a_1, \cdots, X+a_n$ is a partition of ...
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Solving for y in $4+x^3+y^3-3xy = 0$

I was trying to solve for $y$ in this equation: $4+x^3+y^3-3xy = 0$. I put it into WolframAlpha and it gave me an complicated answer. It appears like it used the cubic formula, except when I tried to ...
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How do I describe an XYZ velocity in a written sentence?

I'm creating a voice interface for Amazon Echo, providing status information regarding the International Space Station (ISS). I'm attempting to express the XYZ velocity of ISS. Speed inquiry example ...
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Linear Algebra | Determine the values of a for which the system has no solutions, exactly one solution, or infinitely many solutions

I am a college student, and this summer I am taking a 15 week course on linear algebra. I was doing my homework today, and I am not sure if my solution is correct. The problem is stated as follows: ...
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Can you factorial a power?

I know this may be a straight forward question, but I looked around on google for about 20 minutes to find nothing. I am currently a year 8 student and came across a problem where I have to find the ...
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How can I prove this equation has no real solution?

I have an equation $$x^2-5 x+10+(x-4) \sqrt{1+x}=0. \tag{1}$$ Now I am trying to prove this equation has no real solution. I tried. Put $t = \sqrt{1+x}$, then, I got $$t^4+t^3-7 t^2-5 t+16=0. ...
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shortcut technique to solve algebric problem

If we multiply three consecutive numbers, we get 120. what the summation of those numbers? Is there any shortcut way of solving this problem without doing much ...
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Probability of selecting a jury

Does anyone know how to find the probability of selecting a jury of $12$ people ($6$ men and $6$ women) out of an initial group of $18$ people ($6$ men and $12$ women)? With my knowledge of ...
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What are the essential tools and proof techniques for beginning smooth manifolds and differential topology?

I am an undergraduate currently taking a first course in smooth manifolds. I feel that I understand the material intuitively. But, I'm having trouble turning my intuition into proofs. I was hoping ...
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Finding Matrix A from Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors (Diagonalization)

Question: Let $A$ be a $3 \times 3$ Matrix such that $[-3,4,1]$ is the eigenvector corresponding to eigenvalue $3$, and $[6,-3,2]$ is an eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue $2$. If $v$ = ...
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$f(x)$ is a quadratic polynomial with leading coefficient $1$, $|f(x)| \leq 8 \: \forall \: x \in [1,9]$ find $f(x)$

$f(x)$ is a polynomial of the form ($b,c$ are real numbers) $$f(x) = x^2+bx+c$$ such that $|f(x)| \leq 8 \: \forall \: x \in [1,9]$. Find all $f(x)$ satisfying the given condition. I found ...
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Minimizing the effort after toilet visit

We live together with 5 people (4 men and 1 woman) and the woman wants everyone to close the toilet after every turn (i.e. bring the seat and cover down, for smell reasons). To me this seems unfair. ...
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$f(x)=-(x-2k)^2(x-4k)-k\quad$ where $k\gt 0\quad$ [closed]

$f(x)=-(x-2k)^2(x-4k)-k\quad$ where $k\gt 0\quad$ (i) Show that the local max occurs at $\left(\frac{10k}3,\frac{32k^3}{27}-k\right)\quad$. (ii) If the local max point is to occur on the x-axis, ...
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Probability of winning a prize in a raffle (that each person can only win once)

There is a raffle coming up. 4000 tickets have been sold, and there are 10 prizes to win. I have bought 8 tickets. What are the odds I will win a prize? Note: each person can only win once. There ...
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Simultaneous equations change expression variables

I have a deceptively simple-looking problem. $$A + B = A'\\ C + D = B'\\ A + C = C'\\ B + D = D'$$ On LHS $4$ variables $A, B, C, D$ On RHS $4$ variables $A', B', C', D'$ Is it possible to ...
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Solving for an unknown symmetric matrix using an answer found by a commutator.

Suppose I have, for $A,X$ real square symmetric matrices, and $B$ skew-symmetric and real, $AX-XA=B$, with $B$ and $A$ known and $X$ unknown. What properties of $X$ need to be satisfied to find $X$ ...
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What's the best way to compute $\frac{a^4 + b^4 + c^4}{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}$

So, my teacher gave us this to compute yesterday, and I'm completly confused on how should I proceed : $$\frac{1^4 + 2012^4 +2013^4}{1^2 + 2012^2 + 2013^2}$$ I've tried several ways, but most of ...
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Right Triangle Angle problem

I know that this can be easy, but I found it a bit difficult so maybe someone can just explain or give a hint to me. I have a right triangle $ABC$ with points $D$ and $E$ on its hypotenuse so $AB=AE$ ...
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How to do complicated problem without messy mind?

I have trouble when doing complicated problem, when I look at a problem with so much information. (e.g. deal with some concrete example such as proving a 'ugly' space is homeomorphic to another 'ugly' ...
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Solving Trig Equation with Unknown Inside and Outside of Function

In my physics course, we're covering physical pendulums, and we are to essentially analyze the range of angles within the interval $\left[0, \frac{\pi}{6}\right]$ to show that $\sin\theta \approx ...
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How to debug math?

May seem strange as I'm good in programming, but I just started diving into math. ATM I'm learning combinatorics at Khan Academy, and here's an example of a question that I struggled with (that's not ...
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Three screw problem

There are three identical screws with diffrent amounts of nuts and disks on them. Here is the problem picture: How do you calculate the weight of a screw, the nuts and the disks?
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Minimizing log-likelihood function

Below is a problem I'm currently working on. I am having trouble seeing how I can obtain the wk and wko values for equation (1). I cannot see how one would solve the negative log-likelihood function ...
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How does one get $p=2$ from a condition that there be non-trivial linear transformations of every dimension that to any power are $p$-norm-preserving?

Verifying that (p=2) satisfies $$\forall n\in\mathbb{Z}^+.\exists A\in(\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}\setminus\{I_n\}).\forall k\in\mathbb{R}.\forall ...
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Solve transport equations by using Laplace transform

I'm trying to solve rather formally one-dimensional transport equation: $$ u_{t}+cu_{x}=0\quad\text{in $(0,\infty)\times(-\infty,\infty)$} $$ with an initial data $u_{0}$, which is bounded and ...
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Find the perimeter of the given trapezoid

Find the perimeter of the given trapezoid (The diagram is not drawn to scale) I thought I could use the pythagorean theorem, but I have two unknow sides. What do I do now?? Thank you
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Calculate the amount of hours in $x$ minutes, and the amount of minutes left over.

I was recently given the following question, and I'm unsure how to go about solving it. Help would be appreciated. Using only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; and only the ...
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Dynamical Systems problem

I have a problem that have been trying to solve but it's not going so good. I would like some guidelines on how to work myself around this problem: Two neighboring countries spy on each other and ...
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When will all the flowers blossom?

The title is not actually correct, but I chose appeal over correctness ;) I'd like to model a flower blossoming cycle, and these are the assumptions: 1) The instant $T$ in which each flower starts ...
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Number of ways to get from a point to another one in the plane

I was trying to solve the following problem related to "counting cases": Consider the point $(0,0)$ in the plane and another point $(m,n)$ with $m,n>0$ integers. Suppose you want to get from the ...
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Time and distance problem

A train starts from Jammu for Srinagar at 13:30 and reached at 17:30.Another train starts from Srinagar at 15:30 and reaches Jammu at 19:00.At what time both train will meet??. I have solved this ...
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What's the value of $x$ in the following equation?

So this is how I approached this question, the above equations could be simplified to : $$a = \frac{4(b+c)}{b+c+4}\tag{1!}$$ $$b = \frac{10(a+c)}{a+c+10}\tag{2}$$ ...
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right circular cylinder inscribed in a sphere

Find the dimensions of the right-circular cylinder of greatest vloume that can be inscribed in a sphere with a radius of 6 $in$ I think I need help visualizing, and maybe the solution. I've ...
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What are some ways to check if a the information given is enough to solve a problem related to euclidean geometry? [closed]

To know if a the data given produces a unique answer is something important because if you know the data is insufficient to yield a unique answer you can stop looking for one. Example: $\triangle ...
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Showing that a function is not $(d,d)-$ continuous at a point.

Let $d: \mathbb R \times \mathbb R \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a metric: $$ d(x,y) = \begin{cases} 0 & x = y \\ |x| + |y| + 3|x-y| & x \neq y \end{cases} $$ Show that the function $f: \mathbb R ...
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Recurrence relations, trouble understanding the statement

I have been struggling with the English in some recurrence relations problems, since I am studying it on my own and I'm not in a combinatorial environment. Here is one in which I can't grasp what it ...
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How do I solve for x? Do I need the Lambert W function?

I need to solve the next equation x: $d-x+yln[\frac{d}{x}]=b$ y, d, b, and x are all real, positive numbers. How do I solve for x? Do use the lambert W function and if so how is that done? Thanks! ...