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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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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) ...
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What is DifferenceRoot?

In a question I asked earlier today in an effort to simplify the equation on the left below, I was pointed toward Wolfram Alpha. I got this back: I honestly have no idea what the right half of ...
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Trigonometric inequality bounded by lines

How can it be shown that $$16x\cos(8x)+4x\sin(8x)-2\sin(8x)<|17x|?$$ This problem arises from work with damped motion in spring-mass systems in Differential Equations. I have gotten to this ...
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Inverse Function (and WolframAlpha gives different Result)

I wanted to calculate the inverse function of $$ f(x) = \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{x-1} $$ Quite simple I thought, put $$ y = \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{x-1} = \frac{2x-1}{x(x-1)} $$ rearrange and solve $$ ...
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Calculating the eigenvalues of a given matrix, please check my results

Given the matrix $$A = \left(\begin{array}{ccc} 1&-0.85&0\\ 1.7&-1&0\\ 0 & 0.85 & 4 \end{array}\right)\in\mathbb{C}^{3\times3}$$ I am now looking for the ...
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Specifying complex domain in Wolfram Alpha

Hopefully this kind of question is ok, have seen a couple of other WA-queries that hasn't been downvoted. Apologies if not. I'm trying to find the max/min of a complex function over certain domains, ...
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Wolfram Alpha unexpected answer.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=5+%2B+%286.7a%29%2B+%28a+%5E+0.8%29 What does "imaginary part" mean?
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Is Wolfram Alpha wrong with a simple derivative?

Let $f=\frac{x^2w(y-z)t}{18l}$ then (imho): $\frac{\partial{f(x,y,z)}}{\partial{w}}=\frac{x^2t(y-z)}{18l}$ However Wolfram Alpha produces a quite different result: Wolfram alpha result ...
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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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Newton backward interpolation in Mathematica

I have the following task: Create a function (in Wolfram Mathematica), called $\mathrm{NewtonBackward}$[n_,x0_,h_,f_] which interpolates backwards the function $f(x)$ with nodes {x_i = x_0 + ...
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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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How can I solve system of linear equations over finite fields in WolframAlpha?

Is it possible to solve system of linear equations over finite fields using Wolfram Alpha? If yes, how can I do that? Let us take a system $x+y+z=0$, $2x+y+2z=0$, $x+3y+z=0$. If I want to solve this ...
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Tell Wolfram Alpha that a variable is a natural number

how can I tell Wolfram Alpha that some variables are natural numbers, when I want to solve a equation? Cheers What I want to do: $\binom{n}{k}\cdot p^k \cdot (1-p)^{n-k} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{n\cdot p ...
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Inputting complicated equation into Wolfram

I am having a bear of a time getting this equation into Wolfram so I can solve it for E(r) = 1000. Everything is constant except for little r, which is the cursive r in each term. In case anyone ...
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What are the limitations of modelling a piano sound with the 'play' option of the software Wolfram Mathematica?

'Play' is an input availabe on Wolfram mathematica, which shows how a wave would sound and I am asking myself what the limitations of this input are, in what aspects it does not represent 'real' sound ...
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Using Wolfram Alpha to solve a system of linear equations

How do I input the below system of equations in Wolfram Alpha in order to solve for the unknowns? I'm wondering if there's some kind of code that can be written in order to make wolfram alpha ...
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Solve equations in Wolfram with given variables

I am trying to use an equation as a template in Wolfram Alpha where the variables change. The equation is $-n = m - x\left\lbrack a - w\left(x - \frac{2l}{3}\right)\right\rbrack - w\left(x - ...
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hypothesis test and execution? did I do this right?

I am trying to figure this out and I'm not sure if I am doing it right. a) did I select the correct type of hypothesis testing??? b) am I using the numbers in the right place (I have SD for 3.5 for ...
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Wolfram-Alpha's choice of $k$ in a complex logarithm

I'm puzzling on this complex integral: $$ \int \frac{2ie^{it}}{2e^{it} - 1}dt = \log(2e^{it} -1)$$ The numerator is the derivative of the divisor, so the primitive is the log of the divisor. When ...
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WolframAlpha seems to suggest that $log(z) = log(-z)$

Wolfram-Alpha returns this snippet at the end of the "step by step solution": I'm confused by the negation of the expression inside the logarithm. The definition of complex logarithm is: $$log(z) ...
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Matrix math syntax in wolfram alpha

I'm having trouble getting Wolfram Alpha to do my bidding with regard to matrix manipulations. I am trying to take the derivative of the following matrix expression with respect to ...
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What is this question asking me? Help appreciated!

I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me understand what this question is asking me. How would I go about working these out on Wolfram Alpha? I'm not too sure how to input them. Any help is ...
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Is WolframAlpha computing this radical correctly?

Is WolframAlpha computing this radical correctly? $$\sqrt{\frac{1}{1 + {10}^{-375}}}$$ When I double-check again, the inequality: $$\sqrt{\frac{1}{1 + {10}^{-x}}} > 1$$ leads to a ...
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Label x axis in radians WolframAlpha

I am trying to graph a trig function in WolframAlpha. I want the x axis to show radians. It will do this for a basic function, such as $y=\sin x$, but for many functions it will just label the x axis ...
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Falling/Rising factorials on WolframAlpha

Is there any notation to input falling or rising factorials on WolframAlpha?, the site has info about but i cant find nothing more.
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How to solve this linear set of equations using W|A?

I try to solve a simple system of four linear equations in the variables ch1, ch2, co1 and co2: ...
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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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Wolfram double solution to $\int{x \cdot \sin^2(x) dx}$

I calculated this integral : $$\int{x \cdot \sin^2(x) dx}$$ By parts, knowing that $\int{\sin^2(x) dx} = \frac{1}{2} \cdot x - \frac{1}{4} \cdot \sin(2x) +c$. So I can consider $\sin^2(x)$ a ...
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Why does Wolfram Alpha say that $\sqrt{1}=-1$? [duplicate]

Why does Wolfram Alpha say that $\sqrt{1}=-1$? Is this a mistake or what? Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
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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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Input expression with summations in Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram understand this expression , but i need to do the limit when n tends to infinity of that expression . As you can see in the wolfram web itself, in the last link it fails to understand the ...
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Large system of equations using wolfram alpha.

I'm trying to use Wolfram Alpha to solve a very large system of equations- Variables A through P with a Z. It has 40 equations, so it won't let me use the regular type in the first bar. I tried using ...
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How to compute the modular multiplicative inverse on WolframAlpha?

$e = 17$ $\varphi(3233) = (61 - 1)(53 - 1) = 3120$ Compute d, the modular multiplicative inverse of e (mod φ(n)) yielding d = 2753. ...
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derivative, the way to show in a graph

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=derivative+x%5E2%2C+x%5E2 Just reminding myself some math.. Is it ok to show the derivative in such a way like was shown in the link above for $x^2$ function? A ...
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Nonlinear regression analysis of a vector

I'm trying to get a nonlinear fit of a vector in Matlab with no success. Let's assume that I have a vector called data: data = [1,30,250,55,22,76] which can be ...
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How to input this into Wolfram Alpha?

I wish to simplify a sum by doing "simplify sum_{a=0}^L f(a)" where $f(a)$ is just some arbitrary expression, but I want to only do the sum when some condition is met. Using the Iverson brackets, I ...