Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#14215 new enhancement

solve with sqrt seems less than powerful

Reported by: kcrisman Owned by: burcin
Priority: major Milestone: sage-6.4
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sage:  eq = x == sqrt(x)
sage: solve(eq,x)
[x == sqrt(x)]
sage: solve(eq,x,to_poly_solve=True)
[x == 0, x == 1]
sage:  eq = x^2 == sqrt(x)
sage: solve(eq,x,to_poly_solve=True)
[x == x^(1/4), x == 0]
sage:  eq = x^2 == -sqrt(x)
sage: solve(eq,x,to_poly_solve=True)
[x == sqrt(-sqrt(x)), x == 1/2*I*sqrt(3) - 1/2, x == 0, x == -1/2*I*sqrt(3) - 1/2]
sage:  eq = a*x**2 == -sqrt(x)
sage: solve(eq,x,to_poly_solve=True)
[x == -sqrt(-sqrt(x)/a), x == sqrt(-sqrt(x)/a)]

This is a simplification of an example a user posted on the Sage Facebook page.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by kcrisman

This seems to be a general weakness in Maxima's solve; if someone wants to change this to a bug and not an enhancement, be my guest.

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by kcrisman

The suggestion was made there that Sympy might be better at this. Is it? At least here it is giving answers - I don't think any are erroneous or missing, but I didn't check very hard, either.

sage: from sympy import solve as ssolve
sage: ssolve(x-sqrt(x),x)
[1, 0]
sage: ssolve(x^2-sqrt(x),x)
[1, 0]
sage: ssolve(x^2+sqrt(x),x)
[-1/2 + 3**(1/2)*I/2, -1/2 - 3**(1/2)*I/2, 0]
sage: ssolve(a*x^2+sqrt(x),x)
 (-1/a)**(2/3)*(-1 - 3**(1/2)*I)/2,
 (-1/a)**(2/3)*(-1 + 3**(1/2)*I)/2]

Does anyone know whether sympy's solve capabilities is a strict superset of Maxima's? I assume not.

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by jdemeyer

  • Milestone changed from sage-5.11 to sage-5.12

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by vbraun_spam

  • Milestone changed from sage-6.1 to sage-6.2

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by vbraun_spam

  • Milestone changed from sage-6.2 to sage-6.3

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by vbraun_spam

  • Milestone changed from sage-6.3 to sage-6.4
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