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Re: Error function integral / Wolfram Function reference

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  • Subject: [mg126087] Re: Error function integral / Wolfram Function reference
  • From: Donagh Horgan <donagh.horgan at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:08:01 -0400 (EDT)
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On Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:43:52 AM UTC+1, da... at wolfram.com wrote:
> On Friday, April 6, 2012 4:54:00 AM UTC-5, Donagh Horgan wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I'm trying to integrate the following function in Mathematica, but I'm
> > not having much success:
> > 
> > http://functions.wolfram.com/06.25.21.0016.01
> > 
> > I am using the command Integrate[z^n E^(b z) Erf[a z], z], but
> > Mathematica gives up and does not return the above result, and instead
> > returns the command itself. If I tell Mathematica to assume that n is
> > a natural number (Integrate[z^n E^(b z) Erf[a z], z, Assumptions ->
> > {Element[n, Integers], n >= 0}]), as specified at the above Wolfram
> > Functions page, I get the same result.
> > 
> > For the specific problem I am looking at, a < 0 and b < 0 and both are
> > real. However, even under these assumptions, the integral does not
> > compute in Mathematica.
> > 
> > The question I have, then, is whether Mathematica should be able to
> > compute this result, i.e. are all the results on the Wolfram Functions
> > website included in Mathematica? If so, then why does the above
> > integral not compute? If not, is there a complete list of identities
> > on the Wolfram Functions site which Mathematica does (or,
> > equivalently, does not) recognize?
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Donagh Horgan
> 
> That's not a "closed form" result. it is expressing the integral as a nested sum.
> 
> Daniel Lichtblau
> Wolfram Research

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your help. From your reply, am I correct in assuming that Mathematica will attempt to substitute only closed form solutions for integrals?

I had previously assumed (albeit with no evidence) that Mathematica had a "knowledge" of all the identities on the Wolfram Functions site. Can you confirm this? It would save me a good deal of time with symbolic calculations in the future.

Many thanks,
Donagh



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