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Equation Solving

Built into Mathematica is the world's largest collection of both numerical and symbolic equation solving capabilities—with many original algorithms, all automatically accessed through a small number of exceptionally powerful functions. Mathematica's symbolic architecture allows both equations and their solutions to be conveniently given in symbolic form, and immediately integrated into computations and visualizations.


Solve exact solutions to equations and systems

NSolve general numerical solutions to equations and systems

FindRoot numerically find local roots of equations

DSolve exact solutions to differential equations

NDSolve numerical solutions to differential equations

RSolve exact solutions to recurrence and functional equations

RecurrenceTable table of solutions to recurrence and functional equations

FindInstance find particular solutions to equations and inequalities

Reduce reduce equations and inequalities

LinearSolve solve linear systems in matrix form

ContourPlot, ContourPlot3D plot solution curves and surfaces

RegionPlot, RegionPlot3D plot regions satisfied by inequalities