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Re: Trouble with Limit[I ... k]/k, k-> Infinity]

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  • From: Chris Chiasson <chris.chiasson at>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 03:07:15 -0400 (EDT)
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Set the $Assumptions variable so that Mathematica knows which
expressions are real and non-zero.

For example: I had some expressions describing a three (ideal) gas
mixture. Mathematica could not integrate them until I had told it the
domain of every variable in the integration *and* that the sum of
every combination of two mol fractions was less than 1.

On 4/16/05, Christian Mikkelsen <s010132 at> wrote:
> I am struggling to valuate an intermediate result in a long calculation
> and I get stuck with terms like this one:
> Limit[Exp[I k A]/k, k -> Infinity, Assumptions -> {A != 0, A \[Element]
> Reals}]
> In the actual expression, A are somewhat more complicated expressions but
> I am willing to tell Mathematica by hand that they are real and
> non-zero, however, it still doesn't work. I don't see that there is a
> problem in mathematical terms so how can I convince Mathematica to
> give me an answer?
> Actually, Mathematica 5.1 does not mind telling me the result of
> Limit[Exp[I k]/k, k -> Infinity]
> At the moment I am relying on a kludge relying on pattern-matching but I
> am not very good at it so there might be a point to help me on.
> Any input or help will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Christian

Chris Chiasson
Kettering University
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Student
1 810 265 3161

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