[Maxima] Solving a product?
willisb at unk.edu
Mon Aug 13 06:29:35 CDT 2007
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>From: Steven Brown <swbrown at variadic.org>
>Sent by: maxima-bounces at math.utexas.edu
>Date: 08/13/2007 12:09AM
>Subject: [Maxima] Solving a product?
>I'm trying to use maxima to solve some product formulas, but having some
>trouble - note I'm not a very mathy person so I might be going about
>this all wrong. An example of trying to solve a simple product formula:
>solve(product(k + 1, k, 1, n) = 720, n);
>I would expect to get something akin to "n = 5" out of it, but it never
>reduces even the simplest of product formulas it seems. Is there a way
>to get that out of it?
Everything you did was OK; the problem is that Maxima isn't smart
enough to solve your equation. Even giving Maxima a big hint doesn't help:
(%i24) solve(n! = 6!);
In (%o24), Maxima returns the equation unsolved. Maybe your note will
motivate somebody to improve Maxima's solve function. There is
room (lots of room) for improvement:
(%i30) solve(abs(x)= 6);
Thanks for your interest in Maxima.
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