# Questions tagged [wolfram-alpha]

For mathematical questions related to the usage of Wolfram Alpha.

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 get ...
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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 ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How to graph a cumulative subtraction on Wolfram Alpha

I'd like to graph a timing algorithm that I'd been using (that did essentially the opposite of what I wanted). I apologize if I'm not using the correct name to refer to it. Essentially it was timer = ...
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### Problems Using Wolfram Alpha

I've always had some problem with the usage of wolfram alpha.It computes simple derivates, integrals and solves simple linear and quadratic equations flawlessly.It seems to me that it ignores step by ...
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### Understanding a Wolfram|Alpha explanation on a simple integral

I'll probably kick myself when someone explains it, but I can't understand where the 1/12 comes from after the re-substitution of u? I thought it would be 1/3, but it clearly isn't. Why is that? ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### cubic root of negative numbers

Excuse my lack of knowledge and expertise in math,but to me it would came naturally that the cubic root of $-8$ would be $-2$ since $(-2)^3 = -8$. But when I checked Wolfram Alpha for $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, ...