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Polar coordinations - problem with r and $\theta$

let's take a look on Archimedean spiral. the polar equation is $r = \theta$. click here to look. but $\tan (\theta) = y/x$ and $r = \sqrt{x^2+y^2}$, so $r = \theta \rightarrow \tan(\sqrt{x^2+y^2}) ...
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Series expansion with remaining $log n$

I'm studying the asymptotic behavior $(n \rightarrow \infty)$ of the following formula, where $k$ is a given constant. $$ \frac{1}{n^{k(k+1)/(2n)}(2kn−k(1+k) \ln n)^2}$$ I'm trying to do a series ...
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Mathematica vs Wolfram Alpha integration results

When I insert the following integration command in wolframalpha: ...
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Strange results for solving boundary angle of full reflection

I was trying to solve the following group of equations for $\alpha$ using Wolfram|Alpha: $$\frac{v_2\cdot\sin(\alpha)}{v_1} = 1 \\ v_1 > 0 \\ v_2 > 0$$ I expected something like $\alpha = ...
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Why doesn't $ \lim_{(x,y)\rightarrow(0,0)} xy\sin(\frac{1}{xy}) $ exist?

I've tried to get the following limit: $$ \lim_{(x,y)\rightarrow(0,0)} xy\sin\left(\frac{1}{xy}\right) $$ wolfram claims it doesn't exist. How to show that? Why can't I take $z=xy$ and receive a ...
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Numerical values of the Jacobi elliptic function sn: Wolfram Alpha vs. Maple vs. C++?

I have a problem to check the validity of an algorithm I've implemented in C++ to compute the Jacobi elliptic function $\mathrm{sn}(u, k)$ (inspired and improved from Numerical Recipes 3rd edition). I ...
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Is Wolfram Alpha correct?

Given the attempted derivative at http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=d%28a%28x%29+choose+b%28x%29%29%2Fdx, I believe the result from Wolfram Alpha is off by a factor of 2 or, at least I get a result ...
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How to solve this graph problem in WolframAlpha?

I need to input this problem in WolframAlpha: Write an equation of the line containing the given point and parallel to the given line: $(8,-8)$, $7x+8y=5$. The answer is $7x+8y=-8$ but I'm not ...
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What does a dot after a number mean?

So I'm making some calculations for numerical analysis and the output I get in Wolfram or Mathematica for input like: ...
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The last few digits of $0^0$ are $\ldots0000000001$ (according to WolframAlpha).

Can anybody explain how this comes about?
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Wolframalpha - how to get value of function in a specific point?

For example , given this function - $f(x) = x^3-x^2-x-1$ and I want to check it in the point $x=1.6$. What should I have to write in the command line of wolframalpha in order to get it ?
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Generating function with quadratic coefficients.

$h_k=2k^2+2k+1$. I need the generating function $$G(x)=h_0+h_1x+\dots+h_kx^k+\dots$$ I do not have to simplify this, yet I'd really like to know how Wolfram computed this sum as ...
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How to calculate vector * matrix-inversed in Wolfram Alpha?

I am trying to calculate the product of a vector and an inversed matrix in wolfram alpha: $\begin{bmatrix}1 & 2 & 3\end{bmatrix}$ * $\begin{bmatrix} -0.5 & 0 & 0 \\ 3 & 1 & 0 ...
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Getting weird integral evaluation from Wolfram Alpha

Check this out. I hand-evaluated this integral and my pretty sure the answer is zero, but Wolfram returns the value $4i\pi$ instead.
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Permutations - bug in Wolfram Alpha?

I've got question whether Wolfram Alpha has bug in showing permutations. Check permutation rules, list, and two-line notation in this permutation. I'd expect same result as was on Wolfram Alpha blog ...
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Wolframalpha step-by-step of $\int\frac{\cos(x)}{\sqrt{2+\cos(2x)}}dx$

I wonder, where the minus sign goes after the first $u$-substitution of integral $\displaystyle\int\frac{\cos(x)}{\sqrt{2+\cos(2x)}}dx$?
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Why WolframAlpha Result is Different?

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=x%3D10%5E-15%3B+%28e%5Ex-1%29%2Fx When i click Approximate Form in result, the result is: ...
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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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How to enter subscript characters in WolframAlpha? [closed]

I'm trying to enter equations like this in WolframAlpha. How do I format this?
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Equation with 2 variables tricky problem

So let's say I have some random equation $6yx^3 - 3yx + 5 = 0$, but could be anything. How would I go about finding a value for $y$, that makes it so that this equation only holds true if $x$ is ...
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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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Wolfram Alpha: How to define constants in a system of equations?

I'd like to use WA to solve a small system of nonlinear equations, that involve both constants and the variables of interest. How do I "tell" WA which variables are the constants, and which are the ...
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Moving the negative out of the integral - a bug in Wolfram Alpha?

A guy I follow on Twitter seems to be having some issues with Wolfram Alpha - namely that moving a negative outside of an integral results in two different answers: $\int -f(x) = -\int f(x)$ gives ...
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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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How to calculate HarmonicNumber(x, 1.6)?

I got this solution while using Wolframalpha: $$ (-1.66667 n+1/2-0.133333/n+0.0208/n^3-0.0127573/n^5+O((1/n)^6))/n^1.6+2.28577 $$ Could somebody tell me this solution step-by-step? I need to write ...
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WolframAlfa/Mathematica how to find function local maximum on interval

I have a polynomial function and i want to find it's minimum and maximum on a the interval [0, 5] with Wolfram Alphaa but i forgot the proper input. I recall it went something like so: $x^4 + x^3 + ...
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Should $x=-2$ be included as an answer for $\frac{x^2+8x+12}{x^2+5x+6}>0$?

$$\frac{x^2+8x+12}{x^2+5x+6}>0$$ First of all while solving inequalities I need to check domain so in this case $$x^2+5x+6\neq0$$ $$x\neq-2,\ x\neq-3$$ Later on ...
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Circumference of the ellipse, elliptic integrals, and WolframAlpha

The arc length of a graph of a function $f(x)$ is $$\mathcal{l} = \int_a^b \sqrt {1 + f'(x)^2} dx$$ If you choose $f$ to be a parametrization of the ellipse with $a=1, b=\frac{1}{2}$, i.e. $f(x) = ...
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Wolfram|Alpha Plotting multiple geometric objects

I am trying to use WoflramAlpha to plot several gemoetries at once. It works fine up to an extent but after I add three different geometries to draw it just says it doesn't understand and picks ...
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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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Wrong Wolfram alpha result?

I have this function $$ f(x,y) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \frac{x^3}{x^2 + y^2} & \mbox{if } (x,y) \neq (0,0) \\ 0 & \mbox{if } (x,y) = (0,0) \end{array} \right. $$ And I want to ...
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Iterated exponent of $i$

WolframAlpha seems to tell me that $e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^{e^i}}}}}}}}}} = 1$, see link. Is this just an error or is it for real? Adding one more $e$ to the bottom of the tower gives me the ...
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How can I construct a 2^63-gon with a straightedge and compass?

I entered 2^63 as a stand alone value at WolframAlpha. Among the responses was a factoid that 'A regular 9223372036854775808-gon is constructible with a straightedge and compass.' What is such a ...
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Confusion in the answers given by mathematica

When I typed in 6^-1 mod 49 in Wolfram|Alpha, it gave me an answer of 41. Link here If I type the same thing as (1/6) mod 49 , I don't see 41 any more. Why is this happening ?Link here A ...
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How to plot and shade on Wolfram Alpha?

Many Mathematica parameters don't work on Wolfram Alpha. I tried filling -> f which it does not recognize. I am trying to plot a simple region bounded by $y = ...
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Is $2^{\log_2(-5)}$ defined?

As far as I know for $\log_2 x$ to be defined $x$ must be higher than 0. However when I enter $2^{\log_2(-5)}$ into wolframalpha it gives result $-5$. Is it mistake?
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Contour integration and wolfram

I am not sure if this is the right site to ask this question, but here it is: Does Wolfram Alpha do contour integrals? If so how might I access that feature. Also, is there an online manual for ...
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Question on y axis of Gamma probability distribution

Afternoon. I'm looking into using the Gamma (Erlang) distribution for a certain quantity that I need to model. I noticed by plugging in some values for the distribution parameters that the y axis ...
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Trivial transfiguration

I have $\frac{2ab}{ab-ac-bc+c^2}$. Of course it's $\frac{2ab}{c^2-ac-bc+ab}$ which is $\frac{2ab}{c^2-c(a+b)+ab}$ but for the latter Wolfram tells me it's not the same as $\frac{2ab}{ab-ac-bc+c^2}$. ...
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WolframAlpha blows simple substitution?

I am to find a formula for the n-th derivative of $$\frac{1+x}{1-x}$$ I came up with $$\frac{(-1)^{n+1} \times 2 \times n!}{(1-x)^{n+1}}$$ This seems right, but I noticed that WolframAlpha somehow ...
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How to calculate vertices of dodecahedron using W|A?

Can I calculate for example with wolfram alpha coordinates of vertices of dodecahedron? I know coordinates of center point of dodecahedron (center of gravity) and the height of dodecahedron. Thanks ...
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Is wolframalpha a good nonlinear optimization tool? [closed]

Also how do you restrict the domain to be integers in wolfram alpha?
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Why doesn't WolframAlpha factor my equation?

I entered in a simple-looking quadratic equation, expecting WA to factorize it for me, but then it gives me all this other stuff without the actual factors. The result is exactly the same as my input. ...
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Why does Wolfram Alpha handle $\log$ and $\ln$ the same?

I thought $\log(n)$ was like $100^x = n$ and $\ln(n)$ was $e^x = n$. But when I do $\ln(80)$, it gives me the answer for $\log$. Why is that?
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Taylor series expansion of arctan(x) around the point 0

This is actually a technical question about why I'm getting different results when trying to do the same thing using Maxima and WolframAlpha. When I enter expand arctan(x) in WolframAlpha I ...
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Priority of parentheses and brackets in basic arithmetic.

Wolfram alpha is giving inconsistent results to this problem: When I enter: 16÷2( 8-3(4-2) )+1 the result is 17. When I enter: 16÷2[ 8-3(4-2) ]+1 the result is 5. and 16÷2*[ 8-3(4-2) ]+1 brings ...
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Set of modular equations in Wolfram|Alpha

Am I able to solve set of modular equations in Wolfram|Alpha, like for example: $ \left\{\begin{matrix} x \equiv 2 \pmod{3} \\ x \equiv 3 \pmod{5} \end{matrix}\right. $ ?
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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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Help me with this mock-long-division $\frac{-x+2}{x^{2}+x-2}=\frac{-4}{3(x+2)}+\frac{1}{3(x-1)}$

$$\frac{-x+2}{x^{2}+x-2}=\frac{-4}{3(x+2)}+\frac{1}{3(x-1)}$$ Wolphram Alpha states that one can do this with long division, I cannot immediately realize it. Could someone show the trick to simplify ...