*To*: mathgroup@smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg10936] Can Mathematica help me?*From*: Mark Carroll <mcarroll@cantab.com>*Date*: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 00:46:21 -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