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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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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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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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The last few digits of $0^0$ are $\ldots0000000001$ (according to WolframAlpha).

Can anybody explain how this comes about?
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What is the meaning of a number's “representation” on Wolfram Alpha?

When searching a number on Wolfram Alpha, one of the results is its representation. For example, for 8549: 8549 has the representation 8549 = $5·2^6·3^3-91$. Similarly for 75290: ...
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How to type logarithms in Wolfram|Alpha?

Its sometimes hard to type it if logarithm is not natural and base is not 10, especially if base is variable. So anyone know rules how to type?
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How would you input xkcd.com/287 into WolframAlpha?

In this XKCD comic, a stick figure asks an NP-complete problem to order exactly 15.05 worth of appetizers out of a menu that includes the following list of prices: ...
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variable bounds on definite integrals in Wolfram|Alpha

I often have trouble getting Wolfram|Alpha to compute definite integrals with variable bounds, and I'm wondering whether I'm missing something. Some examples: $\int_a^b \sin x\mathrm dx$ and $\int ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I plot multi case function in wolfram or geogebra?

How do I plot the following multi case function in wolfram or geogebra? $$ \begin{eqnarray*} f(x) = \begin{cases} 1, &\text{if }x \text{ is an integer}, \\ 0, &\text{if }x \text{ is ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Wolfram Alpha Wrong? (LU Decomposition)

Ok, I've been working on a matrix solver for a while (no, its not going well, thanks for asking), and just discovered something that worrys me alot; The problem at hand is LU Decomposition of a ...
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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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Using Wolfram Alpha For Solving A System Of Equations

How do i input the below system of equations in wolfram alpha in order to solve for the unknowns and plot them? If i just say "solve" and input these equations one after the other with a simicolen ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Wolfram Alpha: How to show functions with abs() and sgn() as a piecewise function?

I was trying to obtain this result: integrate e^|x| dx The result is $$ \int e^{|x|} dx = \frac12 e^{-x} \left( (e^x-1)^2 \operatorname{sgn}(x) -2e^x +e^{2x} - ...
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Using Wolfram Alpha to output table of values over the integers

I'm trying to get Wolfram Alpha to output a table of values over the integers for a given function, in example: n^2-n 1----1 4----2 9----3 ... ... (using '-'s instead of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are these numbers?? (floor(a)=0)

I was just so I decided to go and look up the roots of floor(a) 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 ...
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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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How to Create a Lesson Plan with Wolfram Alpha

This will be my first post in this forum. I am so excited to see a lot of interesting posting from the community. From the FAQ, I learned that Mathematics stack exchange discussed about mathematical ...
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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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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?
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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 ...
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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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arithmetic operations on alephs in WolframAlpha

Can someone please enlighten me if or how both of these facts can be true? I entered $\aleph_0-\aleph_0$ into WolframAlpha, which gave the result as undefined. But it also plotted the result on a ...
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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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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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(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 ...