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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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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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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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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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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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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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$\sec\theta$ 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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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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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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limit of $2^n/3^{n/2}$ as $n\to\infty$

$$ \lim\limits_{n\to\infty}\frac{2^n}{3^{\frac{n}{2}}}$$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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using wolfram alpha to solve a system of nonlinear differential equations

Will Wolfram Alpha solve a system of nonlinear differential equations with initial values and graph the solutions? Essentially, I want to hand Wolfram a first-order system with variables x_1, x_2, ...
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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 used by Wolfram integrator

Integrating $\frac{e^{-r}}{(\sqrt{2t-r})}$ with respect to $r$ between $r=t$ and $r=2t$ on Wolfram (http://www.wolframalpha.com/widgets/view.jsp?id=8ab70731b1553f17c11a3bbc87e0b605) gives the answer ...
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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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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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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), ...
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How to do reduce rows with Wolfram Alpha over certain set

If I want to row reduce a matrix: $$ \begin{matrix} 1 & -1 & 0 & 4 \\ 2 & -2 & 1 & 3 \\ 5 & -5 & 1 & 15 \\ \end{matrix} $$ ...
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Count of possible hands math + Python vs Wolfram Alpha

So I wanted to write a Python program to calculate some probabilities using hyper geometric distributions. However, I seem to get probabilities over 1 sometimes, so there must be something wrong with ...
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Wolfram|Alpha returns the wrong result: how can I solve this “high precision” equation?

$$1-(1-1.40*10^{-36})^x \ge 1.09*10^{-9}$$ I want to estimate $x$ such that the probability on the left becomes larger than the probability on the right. A solution must exist because ...
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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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Why is a complex number plus infinity equal to infinity?

Why is $$2 + 3 i + \infty = \infty$$ according to Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha? Shouldn't it be: $$2 + 3 i + \infty = \infty + 3 i$$ ? After all: $$2 + 3 i + 10 = 12 + 3 i$$ and not: $$2 + 3 i ...
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A strange answer for $\int _{-1}^1 \log x\; dx$

I typed $\int _{-1}^1 \log x\; dx$ on Wolfram Alpha. It is giving the answer to be $-2+i\pi$. Can someone please explain what is happening?
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Order of operations on Wolfram Alpha

I am confused by the fact that on Wolfram Alpha x(2)/x(2) = 1 but 2(x)/2(x) = x^2. Could someone explain what rules are being ...
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Parametrization of curve

I need to find parametrization of $(1+x)y^2=(y+2x)x$. I tried to put all $x$-s on one side, and all $y$-s on other but that can't be done. Could someone please help? Thanks.
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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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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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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 ...
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Wolframalpha find Fourier series

Is there a way to write down the following in Wolframalpha? $$f(x)=\begin{cases}1-x,& 0\leqslant x\leqslant 1\\ 0,&1\lt x\leqslant2\end{cases}.$$
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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 ...
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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 $-\sqrt2 \mathsf{Mod}^{(1,0)}(0,\frac\pi2)$, ...
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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 $x$, ...
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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 ...