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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Derivative of $x^2-\frac{1}{x^2}$ not matching WolframAlpha result

I was calculating a very simple derivative of $$ f(x) = x^2-\frac{1}{X^2} $$ and my result is $$ f^{\prime}(x) = 2x + \frac{2}{x^3} $$ But I can't explain why WolframAlpha says the result is $2x$. ...
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How can these two be equivalent (wolfram-alpha incorrect) !?

So wolfram-alpha reads The integral of $$\int \frac{1}{\sqrt{a^2-x^2}}dx=\tan^{-1}\left(\frac{x}{\sqrt{a^2-x^2}}\right)$$ but that $$\int\frac{1}{\sqrt{a^2-x^2}}dx \;\mathrm{where}\; a=5 ...
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Derivative of $\sec^{-1} e^{2x}$, my answer differs from wolfram alpha.

The problem: Find the derivative of $\sec^{-1} e^{2x}$ (\arcsec doesn't seem to work) My work: $u= e^{2x}$ $\mathrm{d}u = 2e^{2x}\,\mathrm{d}x$ The formula I know for the derivative of arcsec(u) ...
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What's wrong with Wolfram Alpha (or me)? Integral involving exp(-t)

The integral in question $\int e^{-t}\cdot (1+e^{-t})^{-2}dt$ can be solved with an easy $u$-substitution. I'm getting $(1+e^{-t})^{-1}$ which I can verify is correct by derivation. I'm rusty though ...
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Input integral derivative in Wolfram Alpha

How to input $\frac{d}{dx}(\int_0^x \sqrt{t^2-t+1} \,dt)$ in Wolfram Alpha? If i change $dt$ by $dx$ it works, but the output is $\sqrt{t^2-t+1}$, there is no substitution for "$t$" there, if i am ...
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Mathematica vs Wolfram Alpha integration results

When I insert the following integration command in wolframalpha: ...
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Find the second derivative of $e^{x^{3}}+7x$

$$e^{x^{3}}+7x$$ Here is what I have tried so far, $$y'=(e^{x^{3}})'+(7x)'$$ $$y'=3e^{x^{2}}e^x+7$$ $$y'=3e^{x^{3}+x}+7$$ I am supposed to find the second derivative but I believe I have already made ...
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Wrong Wolfram|Alpha limit?

I have this function: $$ f(x,y) = \frac {xy}{|x|+|y|} $$ And I want to evaluate it's limit when $$ (x,y) \to (0,0)$$ My guess is that it tends to zero. So, by definition, if: $$ \forall \varepsilon ...
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Derivative of floor function

I thought the derivative of function $\text{floor}(x)$ should be $\infty$ for integer values of $x$ and 0 elsewhere. But wolframalpha plot showed something different. Is there any explanation?
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A limit wrong using Wolfram Alpha

I want to calculate the following limit: $$\displaystyle{\lim_{x \to 0} \cfrac{\displaystyle{\int_1^{x^2+1} \cfrac{e^{-t}}{t} \; dt}}{3x^2}}$$ For that, I use L'Hopital and the Fundamental Theorem ...
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(Wolframalpha) this shouldnt give x=50?

This is my problem: I need x or y for the triangle area that forms between the vertical axis(y) and the function y=100+2x where the area is equal to 2500. so I used for condition to the linear ...
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An integral evaluation

I tried my luck with Wolfram Alpha, with $p \in \mathbb{R}$ $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{x^p}{1+x^2} dx = \frac{1}{2} \pi ((-1)^p+1) \sec(\frac{\pi p}{2})$$ for $-1<p<1$, and doesn't exist ...
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a question about the sum of $ e^{ikx}$

I have a simple question. Let $ S = \sum\limits_{k = 1}^n {e^{ikx} } $ using the typical trick , we also have $ S\left( {e^{ix} - 1} \right) = e^{i\left( {n + 1} \right)x} - e^{ix} $ and if $ ...
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Understanding a Wolfram|Alpha explanation on a simple integral

I'll probably kick myself when someone explains it, but I can't understand where the 1/12 comes from after the re-substitution of u? I thought it would be 1/3, but it clearly isn't. Why is that? ...
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Use WolframAlpha to compute the real Fourier series of a function

How can I use Wolfram|Alpha to compute the Fourier series (with real coefficients $a_0, a_n$ and $b_n$)? (The 'Fourier series' command seems to summon the complex series) I.e. $f(x) = x + \pi$ for ...
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limit of $2^n/3^{n/2}$ as $n\to\infty$

$$ \lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{2^n}{3^{n/2}}$$ I used wolfram to get the limit as follows: "lim n tends infinity 2^n/3^(n/2)". And using L'Hospital's rule the result was: ...
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Comparing integral resolutions using Wolfram Alpha / Mathematica

Equations are in $\LaTeX$ format; I'm still trying to understand how MathJax works. Given the following integral: $\int_0^{+\infty } \frac{1}{x \sqrt{x}} \, dx$ I'm pretty sure that does not ...