How to Enter System of Equations Into Wolfram Alpha

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that strives to make all systematic knowledge instantly computable and accessible (About). It answers factual queries based on its extensive stores of curated data. This information comes from external sources, and it can answer questions ranging from how many calories are in a potato to real time plane traffic data or the differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

It can also perform calculations and generate graphs and historical data comparisons. For example, when you enter “sales tax rates in the state of Michigan” into Wolfram Alpha, it provides results that include sales tax rates for each city and a graphic representing their relative differences. It can even calculate and display ratios such as the ratio of sales taxes to total income.

One of the most interesting features of Wolfram Alpha is its ability to perform word frequency analysis, a tool that allows searchers to compare how often a certain term occurs on the Internet over time. This can help marketers discover and select relevant terms for a new digital campaign.

In addition, Wolfram Alpha allows users to enter system of equations into the engine and solve them for a variety of unknown variables. To input a system of equations into wolfram alpha using Mathematica notation, use solve(solve(x2 + x - 1 == 0, x)). The engine can even plot functions for you by providing the variable mappings or point locations at which the component equations satisfy.

David Sunnyside
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