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asked 2017-05-20 02:48:15 -0500

Ross1856 gravatar image

sage: solve(4.94 * 1.062^x == 15, x)

[531^x == 750/247*500^x]

There are other questions that appear to have the same problem, but honestly I don't understand the answers, and this is a much simpler equation. Why doesn't Sage solve it? I can do it in Maple and by hand in vanilla Python with the math module.

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+1 because I have the same question too; notice that: var('a b c'); solve(c*a^x == b, x) does produce the good [x == log(b/c)/log(a)], however a simple formula such as solve((3/2)^x == 6, x, explicit_solutions=True) produces the empty set, [], instead of log(6)/log(3/2).

mforets gravatar imagemforets ( 2017-05-20 04:39:58 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-05-20 09:58:41 -0500

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updated 2017-05-20 10:02:50 -0500

sympy is able to solve this:

sage: eq = 4.94 * 1.062^x - 15
sage: import sympy
sage: sympy.solve(eq._sympy_())

This kind of workaroud seems pretty frequent, perhaps should Sage rely more on sympy when possible.

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see also #22322. on a separate note, since solve is meant to work with symbolics, perhaps one would expect [(-log(750) + log(247))/(-log(531) + log(500))] in a use case like solve(eq, algorithm='sympy').. or to raise an error.

mforets gravatar imagemforets ( 2017-05-20 11:26:04 -0500 )edit

Well, 4.94 should be considered as a float, not a decimal, so i really prefer a numerical answer in this case. This is another story for (3/2)^x - 6 where numbers are integer, and in this case, sympy gives a symbolic answer:

sage: eq = (3/2)^x - 6
sage: sage: import sympy
sage: sympy.solve(eq._sympy_())
[-log(6)/(-log(3) + log(2))]

The fact that Sage's symbolics mixes exact and inexact representations is imho a bad choice:

sage: pi + 0.1
pi + 0.100000000000000
tmonteil gravatar imagetmonteil ( 2017-05-20 11:53:46 -0500 )edit

+1 . i thought about that because of the current behaviour with inexact coefficients:

sage: solve(1.5*x-1, x)
[x == (2/3)]
sage: solve(1.77775*x^2-1.987*x-24.5, x)
[x == -2/7111*sqrt(178167669) + 3974/7111, x == 2/7111*sqrt(178167669) + 3974/7111]
mforets gravatar imagemforets ( 2017-05-20 12:33:09 -0500 )edit

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