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Can Mathematica help me?


  • To: mathgroup@smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg10936] Can Mathematica help me?
  • From: Mark Carroll <mcarroll@cantab.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 00:53:12 -0500
  • Organization: The Ohio State University, Department of Computer and Information Science

Here's my problem: I have software that generates a set of equations
that needs to be solved. Numerical solutions are okay.

Unfortunately, the set of equations may not have a nice closed form and
may contain differential equations or other exciting things, etc. Can I
just throw such a set of equations at Mathematica and have it solve
them? I'd prefer it to figure out when to use particular parts of
expert knowledge instead of having to tell it, 'okay, solve this set as
differential equations, then try to simplify this other set using
general techniques'. So far, I've not seen anything that doesn't need
to be guided along by telling it what parts of its mathematical
knowledge to apply where: it's hard enough to do that automatically,
and I doubt it's even possible in the general case.

Basically, I'm looking for something where its various skills can seem
to work together as a group, instead of each having to be  consulted
individually. Is Mathematica up to this?

Thanks.

-- Mark



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