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When I take the derivative of abs(x), I use the chain rule and get this

When I ask Maple to differentiate abs(x), I get this:

I read the help file on "signum", and I expected this to work, but it does not.



How can I represent signum in normal calculus syntax when working the derivative of functions involving abs(x)?




I've got

f(x,y)= a.exp(1+xy) +( a^2 )*sin(x)+1

for which I've shown that there exists an implicit function x=g(y). ( df/dx <>0)

and df/dx = a*exp(1+xy) +( a^2 )*cosx now in the neighborhood of P=(0,0) for the implicit function to exist I'd need a*exp(1+xy)*y <>0 but at P, wouldn't this be 0?

Given, g(y)=x, how do I find the max,min,saddle points?

Hi all,

I'm having a challenge solving an integration that has some error functions associated with it.


I am trying to find the Riemann midpoint of the integral. All the parameters are known except the u and du terms which came into the expression following a laplace transform.

the output I get from the above input is shown below, and as it can be seen, the u and du terms coupled with a complimentary error function still exist. I have tried the "simplify" function and it returns similar output expression.


Any help will really be appreciated.

Thanks :)




  Hi there,

  I want to use maple 13 for calculating mean value theorem for differentiable function  f:=piecewise(-2≤x≤0, -x2 ,0≤x≤2,x2

on the interval [-2,2]. But an error occured, that is,"function must be continuous".Any help will be appreciated.






How can I write a code to calculate the Rieman Sum for  y=x^1/2 [0..4] using 

left hand rule and 100 subdivision.

Thank you 

Determine using determinants the range of values of a (if any) such that
has a minimum at (0,0,0).

From the theory, I understand that if the matrix corresponding to the coefficients of the function is positive definite, the function has a local min at the point. But, how do I get the range of values of a such that f is a min? Is this equivalent to finding a such that det(A) > 0?



Now modify the function to also involve a parameter b: g(x,y,z)=bx^2+2axy+by^2+4xz-2a^2yz+2bz^2. We determine conditions on a and b such that g has a minimum at (0,0,0).
By plotting each determinant (using implicitplot perhaps, we can identify the region in the (a,b) plane where g has a local minimum.

Which region corresponds to a local minimum?

Now determine region(s) in the (a,b) plane where g has a local maximum.

I don't understand this part at all..


for my simulation I have to calculate several gradients and jacobian matrices. The equations are quite complex and with my current setup hard to read.


Here is some exampel code:

SetCoordinates(cartesian[x, y, z]);
alias(u = u(t, x, y, z), v = v(t, x, y, z), w = w(t, x, y, z)); alias(eta = eta(t, x, y, z));
U := VectorField(`<,>`(u, v, w));
Diff(U, t);

The Divergence operator gives me a very compact result:

But Jaobian and Diff look like:


To achive a better readability I want to do two things (if possible):

1) hide the independet variables (t,x,y,z) in the result of Jacobian, Diff

2) display the result of Diff in a row vector (3x1) instead


Is this possible?

Thanks in advance for your help



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Hello Maple

I am preparing for an examination in Calculus, but my worksheet in Maple 18 doesn't cooperate. 

A lot of my studypartners use Maple 16 and they have no problems. 

I meet the following error: 

- Error, (in solve) invalid input: hastype expects 2 arguments, but received 1

I'm totally sure, that I'm typing correctly, because I write just the same as my studypartners. 
So is it an error, which only is seen in Maple 18 and can I do anything to solve the problem?

Kind regards
Anders Kristensen

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I under stand how to do the calculus that's easy enough, but Maple is stil giving me a hard time.  The math par t is let the radius of the cylinder be r cms. 0<r<10 Then the height is 2 * Sqrt 100-r^2, the volume is V(r)=2PIr^2* sqrt 100-r^2 cm^3

Differentiante V(r) with respect to r we get V' (r) =2PIr^2(1/(2*sqrt(100-r^2)))(-2r) + (2PIsqrt(100-r^2))(2r)

V'(r)=(-2PIr^3 +4PIr(100-r^2))/sqrt (100-r^2)      V'(r)=2PIr(200-3r^2)/sqrt 100r^2         to find the critical point find the value of r when V(r) =0     2PI(200-3r^2)/sqrt 100-r^2 =0   2PIr(200-3r^2) = 0   r(200-3r^2)=0 

r=0 or 200-3r^2 =0     r=0 or r^2=200/3 r=sqrt(200/3) =10sqrt(2/3)   r is not in the interval so ignore it.  The critical point for 0<r<10 occurs at r = 10sqrt(2/3)       Since V'(r) >0 for 0<r<10sqroot(2/3) and V'(r) <0<10sqrt(2/3)<10

The dimensions are r=10sqrt(2/3) =8.16 cm and h=20/sqrt3 = 11.55 cm the volume is 4000PI/3*sqrt3=2418.4 cm^3

So how do I translate this into maple? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Hi all,

I am stuck with the following problem:

convert(cos(alpha), exp); works fine for me.

Once I have the trigonometric functions in a matrix, it does not work any more:

In the latter line, A keeps the trigonometric functions. Why is this the case? Is there any way to force maple to keep the complex exponentials instead of trigonometric functions?


I am using LinearAlgebra and VectorCalculus.


Best Regards




What I hope to get is a vector with i-th entry being the dervative of f, differentiated w.r.s.t the i-th parameter, like this



Is there a more efficient (built-in) command to do this?


VectorCalculus[diff] does not do what I want.






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