For questions related to usage of Wolfram Alpha.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
56 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
574 views

Wolframalpha find Fourier series

Is there a way to write down the following in Wolframalpha? $$f(x)=\begin{cases}1-x,& 0\leqslant x\leqslant 1\\ 0,&1\lt x\leqslant2\end{cases}.$$
3
votes
3answers
120 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
49 views

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 $-\sqrt2 \mathsf{Mod}^{(1,0)}(0,\frac\pi2)$, ...
2
votes
2answers
614 views

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 $x$, ...
4
votes
3answers
125 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
32 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
256 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
273 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
131 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 Alphaâ„¢ ...
0
votes
0answers
238 views

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? ...
0
votes
2answers
182 views

“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 ...
5
votes
1answer
114 views

Why does WolframAlpha give a strange solution set to $\lfloor a\rfloor=0$?

I decided to go and look up the roots of $\lfloor a\rfloor$ 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
235 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
229 views

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.
0
votes
3answers
121 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
126 views

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? ...
10
votes
2answers
198 views

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?
6
votes
2answers
79 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
69 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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) ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
78 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
201 views

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 $$ ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
254 views

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, ...
0
votes
2answers
156 views

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?
0
votes
3answers
454 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
103 views

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 $2x$. ...
1
vote
2answers
120 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
366 views

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 + ...
6
votes
1answer
146 views

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) ...
3
votes
0answers
774 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
57 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
113 views

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 - ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
123 views

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) ...