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solve doesn't solve

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  • Subject: [mg54265] solve doesn't solve
  • From: juejung <juejung at>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:51:13 -0500 (EST)
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can anybody solve the following equation for variable s with Mathematica?

((-(-1 + b))*R*beta)/(a - (-1 + b)*R*s)^sigma - (-s + w -  

Solve doesn't work. I get this annoying error message.

Solve::tdep: The equations appear to involve the variables to be solved for
in an essentially non-algebraic way.

I would like to get analytical solutions (numerical is not problem) to  
problems like this one.I know this one's easy done by hand but I have more  
cumbersome ones to deal with.
Is there a package out there that can solve this analytically, or is this  
just impossible on computers?

Thanks a lot.

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