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We had y = x before doing all that.

After doing all that we have

Why do you think the second one is easier to compute? o.O

I'll ask my question a little later

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That is a simple example. It is a toy problem to teach students the technique. It would not be used for computation.

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You mean: If the function was complicated enough then the fourier series would have been simpler than it?

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It would be necessary, not just simpler. It is easier to see with polys.

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Hmm okay. Did you know that this is not the Fourier Series thread?

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Yes, we got off track when I asked you about summing a series using Fourier series.

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PowersRepresentation[n,p,k] gives the list of all sets of k p-powered integers that sum upto n. Right?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You are missing an s.

PowersRepresentations[1729, 2, 3]

Shows how to represent 1729 into 2 powers of 3

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Hi;

I want to compute PowersRepresentations[x,4,2] where x is a 10 digit number (in decimal base). It seems to take forever because there are a huge ways to do it. Can I make M just calculate atleast 20 ways to do that?

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You mean at most.

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yes.

Because there can be a huge number of possibilities, M is taking time. I want it to show only a few of them which can be done in a time that fits my patience

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That will require a program.

I have to go offline. I will show you how I do that already in the other thread.

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That will require a program.

A program other than Mathematica?

I had done that already. (Post 100, 112 and 113)

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Hi;

M is a programming language too. As a matter of fact it is several languages rolled into one. No CAS could possibly anticipate the users every need.

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Is there no simple way to tell M what I need to?

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Yes there is, probably only a few lines. M programs are quite short. Have you not seen the examples I gave to Shivam?

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That I have.

The next person might begin

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Hath ye not gone to the mighty demonstrations site? There ye will behold M's magnificence.

The idea is uproariously simple.

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I have seen all that but I never found a demonstration that does what I want now

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This is why M is the greatest. Do you know who Legendre was?

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A member in this forum.

right?

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Hmm, I do not think so. He may have been a guest.

Anyway, do you know one of the things he is famous for?

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No, I have never even heard of him.

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He is one of the greatest mathematicians of all time.

Wikipedia wrote:

Lagrange's four-square theorem, also known as Bachet's conjecture, states that any natural number can be represented as the sum of four integer squares.

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Who is the Legendre guy then?

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