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Is Wolfram Alpha calculating this incorrectly?

I entered in "does $2ln(x)$ equal $ln(x^2)$" into Wolfram and it came out false. Purplemath.com says that $log_b(m^n) = n · log_b(m)$. Which is correct? And why is there a difference?
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The sum of digits of $3(3x+3)$ is always $9$ for any $x$ between $1$ and $9$

Given the following 'joke' I stumbled across today It's easy enough to figure out that the answer is always 9. Asshole. However when I tried to 'prove' this for ...
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How to do multiplication (capital pi) in WolframAlpha?

How do i ask this in WolframAlpha: $$\prod_{i=0}^{i=10} \sin{(i)}$$ I used $\text{product}(...)$ and $\text{multiply}(...)$ or even $\text{multiplication}(...)$ but they don't seem to work. I am ...
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What function does Wolfram Alpha plot instead of the factorial?

Look to the second graph where Wolfram Alpha gives a continuous factorial function: What is the second graph? It is not the gamma function, since that has $\Gamma(-1)=0!=1$.
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WolframAlpha wrong(?) graph

I had a question to plot a graph of $\space \space\LARGE y=x^{x^{x^{x^{...}}}}$ Which (according to me) is equivalent to $\large y=x^y \Rightarrow y^{\frac{1}{y}}=x$ So i plotted them in ...
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Conflicting limit answers using calculator and wolfram alpha

I want to evaluate $\lim\limits_{x\to0} \dfrac{\tan(x) - \sin(x)}{(\sin(x))^3}$, Calculator says it's 0 when substituted with 0.0000000001. Wolfram Alpha says it's 1/2. The Problem Set says the ...
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Solving $\frac{dx}{dt} = A \frac{ (1-x)}{(t-t^2)} - \frac{(B*x -C*x^2)}{(t-t^2 )*(t-x)}$ (using wolfram/mathematica)

I would like to solve the following non-linear ordinary differential equation: $$\frac{dx}{dt} = A \frac{ (1-x)}{(t-t^2)} - \frac{(B*x -C*x^2)}{(t-t^2 )*(t-x)}$$ -I need an analytic solution. -I ...
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Wolfram alpha giving wrong result on recurrence?

I have the recurrence$$a_{n+2}-a_n=1$$ The answer I got was $a_n=A+B(-1)^n+\frac n 2$, while WolframAlpha is giving me $a_n=A+B(-1)^n+\frac n 2- \frac 1 4$. Although when I plug them in the ...
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Why does Wolfram Alpha say that $n/0$ is complex infinity?

I typed a number divided by 0 on Wolfram Alpha and thought that it would say "undefined". However, when I pressed enter it told me that the answer is complex infinity. I have always been taught ...
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How to create animated plot of curve depending on parameter in WolframAlpha?

Is it possible to create in WolframAlpha an animated plot of a curve given by an equation, where some of the coefficients depend on the parameter (=on time)? For example if I would like to have a ...
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For what values of k is this singular matrix diagonalizable?

So the matrix is the following: \begin{bmatrix} 1 &1 &k \\ 1&1 &k \\ 1&1 &k \end{bmatrix} I've found the eigan values which are $0$ with an algebraic multiplicity of $2$ ...
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Plotting graph in Wolfram Mathmatica?

Which is the function that can plot me the graph K 7, 2 in mathematica? And after that to delete 2 edges?? Thanks for the help.
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How to find cubic residues $\bmod p$ using WolframAlpha?

How to find cubic residues $\bmod p$ using WolframAlpha? Just type in "quadratic residues modulo p" and you're done, but typing in "cubic residues modulo p" does nothing. Logically, "x^3 ...
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Why is Wolfram Alpha miscomputing this problem? [closed]

I was incorporating Wolfram Alpha into an API I am build, and to test it entered a few equations. One of the equations I entered was as follows. !6/(!3*!3) This ...
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Discrete Fourier Transform using WolframAlpha

I tried to verify a calculation with WolframAlpha. I want to compute the DFT of $[2,3,-3,1]$. So in particular one entry of the result vector should be $2+3-3+1=3$. I don't understand why I get ...
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Different results when integrating 1/(x^2-9) with computer tools

For checking my calculations, I generally use Wolfram Alpha or a similar tool. Today, I wanted to check the following integral: $$\int {\frac{1}{{9 - {x^2}}}} dx$$ From my calculations, using ...
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Regarding $\lim \limits_{(x,y,z)\to (0,0,0)}\left(\frac{x^2z}{x^2+y^2+16z^2}\right)$--is WolframAlpha incorrect?

$$ \lim_{x,y,z\to 0} {zx^2\over x^2+y^2+16z^2}$$ So I am trying to evaluate this limit.. To me, by using the squeeze theorem, it seems that the answer must be zero. I trying using the ...
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Wolfram alpha integral

I want to evaluate the following integral in woflram alpha int[x e^(-lambda*(x-v)),{x,v,infinity} ] It doesn't work for some reason. It does work when instead of v, I put a number. For example ...
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What is the difference between $\ln(\sin\frac{x}{2}+\cos\frac{x}{2} )- \ln(\sin\frac{x}{2}-\cos\frac{x}{2})$ and $\ln(\tan x+\sec x)$

I've noticed if you ask wolfram what is the integral of $ \sec x$ they will answer $$\ln\left(\sin\frac{x}{2}+\cos\frac{x}{2}\right) - \ln\left(\sin\frac{x}{2}-\cos\frac{x}{2}\right)$$ I've been ...
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Fourier Tansform of derivative on Wolfram Alpha

If I'm not mistaken, the Fourier Transform of the nth order partial derivative of a function with respect to x, using the transform variable k is: (i*k)^n * [F(k)] so for the 1st order derivative ...
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Wolfram Alpha result for infinite series summation .

Consider the infinite sum $s=1+1/2^2-1/3^2-1/4^2+1/5^2+1/6^2-...$. We can see that the series is absolutely convergent and hence convergent. But WolframAlpha seems to give me a different answer. When ...
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Recurrence Equation Solution / Difference equation - WolframAlpha

I am given the recurrece equation $y_k-7y_{k-1}=5^k$ and found the (hopefully correct) particular solution to be $y_k^P=-\frac{5}{2}5^k$ WolframAlpha, however, gives the particular solution ...
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Can wolframAlpha be wrong on this vector limit?

We had a homework on multivariable analysis, and there was this problem and the teacher said that we didnt trust wolfram but I'm not convinced on it, because of this. Is ...
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Handedness in Quaternion multiplication

I've received some code (which I didn't write) and decided at some point to write test cases for the Quaternion math implementation. I used Wolfram alpha to get the result q1 * q2, where: q1 = (4.0 ...
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Solve for Y; don't understand Wolfram Alpha's solution

Answering this StackOverflow question, I needed to solve this equation in terms of y: $$x = 6.1 + \log(\frac{{y}}{{0.03p}})$$ Doing it by hand: $$y = 0.03p10^{{(x-6.1)}}$$ Wolfram alpha tells me ...
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stuck with a cubic equation

I picked an equation $0= x^3 +x^2 -2x -1$ I plotted it with geogebra, to see if it had more than $1$ real root. It definitely cuts the $x$-axis $3$ times. But when I checked wolfram alpha, to see ...
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Real integral getting numerically evalued to complex number

I tried feeding th following integral into WolframAlpha: $$\int_0^2\frac{1}{3\sqrt{x}(\log(x))^{\frac13}},$$ to get an idea of its value. Result: http://bit.ly/strangeint ...
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$\sec\theta$ never equals $\tan\theta$. Or does it?!?

Wolfram-alpha is disagreeing with me. I am wondering why: which of us is wrong? I was writing a question to demonstrate why domains of functions matter. The question is: Does there exist an angle ...
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Wolfram interpretation of arccot(x)

I was calculating a $$\lim_{{x \to -\infty}}\left(\frac{4-x}{1-x}\right)^{2x\mathrm{arccot}(x)}$$ and found a problem og how wolframalpha presents $\mathrm{arccot}(x)$. I was taughted that plot of ...
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Wolfram alpha error in global minimization?

Let us consider the function $$f(x,y)= x + y^2 - \ln(x+y)$$ If you try to minimize it using Wolfram Alpha (http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=minimize+x%2By%5E2-ln%28x%2By%29), it founds a local ...
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Curvature of plane curve, formula disagrees with Mathematica?

I have the following equation $$y=\pi\ln(2x)$$ And when I ask Mathematica/WolframAlpha for the curvature I get $$K=\frac{\pi x}{(x^2+\pi^2)^{3/2}}$$ However the formula for curvature of a plane ...
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How does Wolfram Alpha come up with the substitution $x = 2\sin u$? Integration/Analysis

I have to integrate $$ \int_0^2 \sqrt{4-x^2} \, dx $$ I looked at the Wolfram Alpha step by step solution, and first thing it does is it substitutes $x = 2\sin(u)\text{ and } \,dx = 2\cos(u)\,du$ ...
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Torricelli's Law with a Sphere (Ignore Mathematica part, already solved)

Edit 1: According to this PDF, second page. The differential equation for a hemisphere becomes $$(r^2h-h^2) h' = -a^2\sqrt{2gh}$$ This differs from the equation I got, which looks like: ...
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Integration substitution: How does Wolfram Alpha come up with this step?

I have to integrate $$ \int \frac{1}{(\sin x) (\cos x)} \, dx $$ I looked at the Wolfram Alpha step by step solution to figure out how to do it. First, it rewrites the integral as: $$ \int (\csc ...
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Laplace Transform of $e^t\cos(3t)\operatorname{heaviside}(t)$

Find the Laplace Transform of $e^t \cos(3t) \operatorname{heaviside}(t)$ Since $\operatorname{heaviside}(t)g(t) = \mathcal{L}(g(t)) $ and $\mathcal{L}(e^t\cos(3t)) = \frac{(s-1)}{(s-1)^2+9} $ ...
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compute exponential of matrix with wolfram alpha

I would like to use wolfram alpha to compute matrix exponential. I have tried with the exponential of the identity matrix, with this input: exp({{1,0},{0,1}}) But what I get is unexpected. The ...
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Solution to h'(t) = h(t)^j : Wolfram Alpha mistake?

This should be a quick and easy one. Trying to teach myself a bit more about differential equations, so I put the following equation into Wolfram Alpha: $$h'(t) = h(t)^j$$ It gave me the following ...
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Solve system of equations

Are there any good resources for solving systems of equations out there? I tried to put this into wolfram alpha, but it doesn´t seem to work: ...
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Evaluating a decimal exponent

The example I am stuck with is $(-1)^.456$. According to my calculator, the answer is -1. According to WolframAlpha and the Google Calculator, it is a complex number. WolframAlpha -- ...
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Did Wolfram Alpha make this term up?

So I'm currently taking a Trigonometry class and I'm using the iOS version of the Wolfram-Alpha app to assist me with some of the more mundane calculations (Pythagorean Theorem, etc) and I've come ...
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how to substitute a variable by a number in wolframalpha

Peace be upon you, How can I compute \begin{align*} sin'(0) \end{align*} in Wolframalpha? like what in Maple, I try subs(diff(sin(x),x),x=0) But it doesn't ...
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Zeroes of the floor (greatest integer function)

I was just browsing Wolfram Alpha and looking at interesting graphs of functions when I noticed that it gave complex numbers for the numerical roots of $\lfloor x\rfloor$. Does anybody know why?
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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 by Wolfram integrator

Integrating $e^{-r}/\sqrt{2t-r}$ with respect to $r$ between $r=t$ and $r=2t$ using this widget gives the answer $2e^{-t}F(\sqrt{t})$. However the widget doesn't say what $F$ is. I have looked on ...
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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), ...