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How can the integral of $|\sin(x)|$ be $-\cos(x)\text{sgn}(\sin(x))$?

Wolfram|Alpha tells me that $\int|\sin(x)| = -\cos(x)\text{sgn}(\sin(x))$ (which happens to also be its derivative), but I don't understand how this is possible, because the resulting function jumps ...
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Simplifying fractional exponents

I am very confused about the following: whenever I put in into wolfram alpha the answer it gives me is "indeterminate", is it not possible to simplify fractional exponents or something? if the ...
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Plotting Dirichlet Series $L_{\tau}(s)$ related to Ramanujan tau function in Mathematica

According to wikipedia, Ramanujan tau function $\tau:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{Z}$ is defined by equating the coefficients of the power series on both sides of the identity: ...
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Name of special function used used by Wolfram integrator

Integrating $\frac{e^{-r}}{(\sqrt{2t-r})}$ with respect to $r$ between $r=t$ and $r=2t$ on Wolfram (http://www.wolframalpha.com/widgets/view.jsp?id=8ab70731b1553f17c11a3bbc87e0b605) gives the answer ...
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How do I get wolfram to solve this problem?

I am trying to check some answers and can't seem to get wolfram to work properly. I type in the following command : integrate x.sin(x) dx and it doesn't provide any solution it just says "visual ...
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Is there any way how I can use Mathematica in Introduction Logic course?

I am very new comer to Wolfram Mathematica software tool and I am interesting is there any way how I can apply this tool for Introductory Logic course. I am participating at the course on 'coursera' ...
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Why is Wolfram Alpha wrong?

I calculated $$\tan 75^o - [\cos 13^o\cdot \cot 23^o \cdot \tan 31^o \cdot \tan 35^o\cdot \tan41^o]$$ and I got a nonzero answer: ...
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radius of convergence of $1/\ln(in)$

I have series when $n$ goes from $1$ to infinity $(z/\ln(in))^n$ and need to find the radius of convregence. I tried this $1/R = \limsup ((1/\ln(in))^n)^(1/n)$ when $n \to \infty$ (Cauchy's rule), ...
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How to do reduce rows with Wolfram Alpha over certain set

If I want to row reduce a matrix: $$ \begin{matrix} 1 & -1 & 0 & 4 \\ 2 & -2 & 1 & 3 \\ 5 & -5 & 1 & 15 \\ \end{matrix} $$ ...
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Count of possible hands math + Python vs Wolfram Alpha

So I wanted to write a Python program to calculate some probabilities using hyper geometric distributions. However, I seem to get probabilities over 1 sometimes, so there must be something wrong with ...
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How is this root simplified [closed]

As seen on wolfram Alpha. I factored out 3^2, how is the further simplification done? Particularly how and why was 2/69 gotten in the radical. ...
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Wolfram|Alpha returns the wrong result: how can I solve this “high precision” equation?

$$1-(1-1.40*10^{-36})^x \ge 1.09*10^{-9}$$ I want to estimate $x$ such that the probability on the left becomes larger than the probability on the right. A solution must exist because ...
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Why is a complex number plus infinity equal to infinity?

Why is $$2 + 3 i + \infty = \infty$$ according to Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha? Shouldn't it be: $$2 + 3 i + \infty = \infty + 3 i$$ ? After all: $$2 + 3 i + 10 = 12 + 3 i$$ and not: $$2 + 3 i ...
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A strange answer for $\int _{-1}^1 \log x\; dx$

I typed $\int _{-1}^1 \log x\; dx$ on Wolfram Alpha. It is giving the answer to be $-2+i\pi$. Can someone please explain what is happening?
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Order of operations on Wolfram Alpha

I am confused by the fact that on Wolfram Alpha x(2)/x(2) = 1 but 2(x)/2(x) = x^2. Could someone explain what rules are being ...
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Parametrization of curve

I need to find parametrization of $(1+x)y^2=(y+2x)x$. I tried to put all $x$-s on one side, and all $y$-s on other but that can't be done. Could someone please help? Thanks.
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Wolfram Alpha “Rule of Three” [closed]

Regarding WolframAlpha what is the correct input for the following statement?: If X=Y Then 2X=?
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Plotting the intersection of multiple surfaces with WolframAlpha

I want to plot the intersection of two surfaces like in this post. But if I enter the much simplified expression ContourPlot3D[{x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - 4=0, xy=1}, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, {z, -2, 2}] ...
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How to use Wolfram|Alpha to calculate Friday the 13ths

I know someone born on the 13th and we were talking about how Friday the 13th is his birthday from time to time. I thought that might be a good question for Wolfram|Alpha but no matter how I phrase it ...
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Wolframalpha find Fourier series

Is there a way to write down the following in Wolframalpha? $$f(x)=\begin{cases}1-x,& 0\leqslant x\leqslant 1\\ 0,&1\lt x\leqslant2\end{cases}.$$
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Why is $\frac{\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} n}{\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} n}$ indeterminate?

We all know that $\dfrac{f(x)}{f(x)} = 1$ (where $f(x) \neq 0$) and that $\sum_{n=1}^{x} n = \dfrac{x(x+1)}{2}$. So, given $f(x) \stackrel{\text{def}}{=} \sum_{n=1}^{x} n$, we show that ...
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Strange things on WolframAlpha: derivation, modulo and doubling result

I asked WA what is the derivative of $\frac1{\cos((x \bmod \pi/2)-\pi/4))}$ equal to for $x=0$. A very strange result came out. The exact result is $-\sqrt2 \mathsf{Mod}^{(1,0)}(0,\frac\pi2)$, ...
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Solve an equation for a particular variable using Wolfram Alpha

I want to express variable from equation in WolframAlpha web. I tried several keywords but it didn't work. For example I have equation $$y=x+z+k,$$ and I want Wolfram to rewrite it for variable $x$, ...
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How does WolframAlpha simplify sine and cosine?

When I feed WolframAlpha an expression like $\sin({\pi\frac{2}{3}})$, it correctly prints that this is equal to $\frac{\sqrt3}{2}$, instead of the decimal expansion $0.866025403\ldots$. Perhaps it ...
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Polar graph inWolfram alpha

Maybe do you know wolfram alpha which draw graph Bu I cannot draw polar graph. For instance $$r=2\cos\ (t)\ : x^2+y^2=r^2=2r\cos\ t=2x\ (circle)$$ If we enter this, then it show $cosine$ graph, not ...
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Symmetric matrix 10 x 10

Can You give me the example of symmetric matrix 10 x 10. Or if You know online symmetric matrix generator then give me the links. I tried to make this with Wolfram Mathematica but I did not find a ...
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The curve $(\cos(\sin x),\sin(\cos x))$ as plotted by Wolfram Alpha

I've just gotten this from Wolfram Alpha: It makes no sense to me. $\cos(\sin x)$ is never zero so how can this curve cross the $y$-axis?
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Computing 2d radially symmetric Fourier transforms (with Wolfram Alpha)

Let's assume that I "know" $\mathcal{F}\{\operatorname{circ}(r)\}(\rho)=\frac{J_1(2\pi\rho)}{\rho}$ $\mathcal{F}\{(1-r^2)\operatorname{circ}(r)\}(\rho)=\frac{J_2(2\pi\rho)}{\pi\rho^2}$ because I ...
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Wolfram Exponential Fit not match as formulas

I am using WolframAlpha Exponential-Fit formulas to find equation of Exponential Regression http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LeastSquaresFittingExponential.html but after implementation, I tested with a ...
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Problem with graphing a function.

To my understanding, function $f(x)=\frac{1+x}{1+x^3}$ should not be defined with $x=-1$ since: $f(-1)=\frac{1+(-1)}{1+(-1)^3}=\frac{1+(-1)}{1+(-1)}=\frac{0}{0}$ However, Google's plot drawer and ...
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Using newthon method to find nth root - did wolframalpha get it wrong?

I'm trying to implement the n-th root algorithm as outlined here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nth_root My code however, takes a lot of iterations (more than 100) to converge. I tried to check with ...
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How does one provide a determinant as input to Wolfram Alpha?

$\begin{vmatrix} 17&-12&4&0\\ 5&9&-2&1\\ 3&-6&-1&14\\ 11&7&0&8\\ \end{vmatrix}$ How would one express the preceding determinant in the Wolfram Alpha™ ...
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What do Root[], #, & mean in Wolfram Alpha?

I wanted to find the roots of a particular equation by using Wolfram Alpha. What I get are strange answers. Thay look like this: What do all the symbols there mean and what does the whole thing mean? ...
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“Which is equivalent for restricted x values to”

I've been checking my homework via Wolfram Alpha, and for several questions (example below) in this section (trigonometric integrals). I'd be correct up until the last step, in which Wolfram Alpha ...
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What are these numbers?? (floor(a)=0)

I was just so I decided to go and look up the roots of floor(a) in WolframAlpha where a is any number, real or complex, and of course the interval [0,1) showed up as an answer but I also got these ...
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Behavior of $f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^x \frac{1}{n}$

I plotted the function $$f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^x \frac{1}{n}$$ in Wolfram Alpha over $x\in\mathbb{R}$ and it gave me some unexpected behavior for negative $x$. This function is obvious for ...
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Evaluation of the integral $\int_{-6}^{-3}\frac{\sqrt{x^2-9}}{x}$

How to evaluate the following integral? I have tried the following things but I have no idea to continue after the last step. Moverover, the integral seems wrong when compared with the ans from ...
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Can wolfram alpha compute symbolic vector derivatives

Can Wolfram alpha be used to find out say $$\nabla_x\left(\|y-Ax\|_2\right)$$ What command do I use? I tried some obvious ways, and googled a bit, but didn't find anything.
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Wolfram Derivation Error

I'm trying to derive the equation $$y = (2x-6)^4$$ I thought that it would be $$\frac{dy}{dx} = 8(2x-6)^3$$ Wolframalpha says $dy/dx = 64(x-3)^3$ Who's correct? I thought it would be a simple ...
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Please explain the steps in the solution of this integral

After unsuccessfully solving an integral, I turned to WRA for some guidance. Unfortunately, I don't understand what happen in the solution. More particularly, I don't understand why the numerator has ...
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Wolfram and solids of revolution

I'm looking for the easiest method of having WolframAlpha calculate the volume of a solid of revolution. I've been working on a particular Project Euler problem for a long time. So far, I think I ...
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Discrepancy over matrix exponential

I am trying to compute $\large e^A$ for $A = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & a \\ 0 & 0 \end{array} \right)$ Using $\large e^A = \sum \limits_{k=0}^\infty \frac{1}{k!} A^k$ Writing out the ...
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Why WolframAlpha gives different results?

Any idea why WolframAlpha gives different answers when computing the indefinite integral of these functions with respect to x first or with respect to y first? ...
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How are massive parametric functions that make a picture (example inside) created?

[Here's] (http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=sergey+brin+curve) an example of what I'm talking about. The equation might take a second to load. How are these generated, computer algorithms? I ...
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Proof that cos(1) is transcendental?

So, I was playing around on Wolfram|Alpha (as we nerds like to do) and it said cos(1) was transcendental. Could someone provide me with the proof that cos(1) is transcendental?
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Calculate with sequences from OEIS

Is there any easy way to do calculations with sequences from OEIS online? For example I would like to input something like: (A007620(n+1) / 2 ) + A000027(n) and ...
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Help with creating formula

Lets say I have colony of 100 bacteria's. Within 1 year, each of bacteria brings up a "child" and becomes "infertile". After next year, children of bacteria bring up "children" and becomes ...
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Finding vertex of a parabola -conflicting answers

For a given problem $g(x) = 5x^2 - 2x +1$, we were expected to describe the graph. WolframAlpha and I are finding conflicting issues. I do not think I made an approximation anywhere that would explain ...
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Change linear plot to 100% plot in Wolfram Alpha

Recently I have used this input for WolframAlpha: Plot (forumla1), (formula2), (formula3), {a, 0, 50} It's generating "Linear Plot" like on picture on left. Is ...
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Analytic solution for the ODE $\frac{d y(x)}{dx}=\frac{a*y(x)^3+b}{c* y(x)^3+ d}$

I have an ODE $$ \frac{d y(x)}{dx}=\frac{a*y(x)^3+b}{c* y(x)^3+ d},$$ where $a,b,c,d$ are constants, and I would love to solve it analytically. I tried Maple 15 and 17 and got $$ y \left( x \right) ...