gives the derivative with respect to z of the odd Mathieu function with characteristic value a and parameter q.


  • Mathematical function, suitable for both symbolic and numerical manipulation.
  • For certain special arguments, MathieuSPrime automatically evaluates to exact values.
  • MathieuSPrime can be evaluated to arbitrary numerical precision.
  • MathieuSPrime automatically threads over lists.


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Basic Examples  (4)

Evaluate numerically:

Plot over a subset of the reals:

Plot over a subset of the complexes:

Series expansion at the origin:

Scope  (18)

Numerical Evaluation  (4)

Evaluate numerically to high precision:

The precision of the output tracks the precision of the input:

Evaluate for complex arguments and parameters:

Evaluate MathieuSPrime efficiently at high precision:

MathieuSPrime threads elementwise over lists:

Specific Values  (3)

Simple exact values are generated automatically:

Find a zero of MathieuSPrime:

MathieuSPrime is an even function:

Visualization  (2)

Plot the MathieuSPrime function:

Plot the real part of MathieuSPrime for and :

Plot the imaginary part of MathieuSPrime for and :

Function Properties  (4)

MathieuSPrime has singularities and discontinuities when the characteristic exponent is an integer:

is neither nondecreasing nor nonincreasing:

MathieuSPrime is neither non-negative nor non-positive:

MathieuSPrime is neither convex nor concave:

Differentiation  (3)

First derivative:

Higher derivatives:

Plot higher derivatives for and :

Plot higher derivatives for and :

MathieuSPrime is the derivative of MathieuS:

Series Expansions  (2)

Taylor expansion:

Plot the first three approximations for MathieuSPrime around :

Taylor expansion of MathieuSPrime at a generic point:

Applications  (1)

Mathieu functions arise as solutions of the Laplace equation in an ellipse:

This defines the square of the gradient (the local kinetic energy of a vibrating membrane):

This finds a zero:

This plots the absolute value of the gradient of an eigenfunction:

Neat Examples  (1)

Phase space plots of the Mathieu function:

Wolfram Research (1996), MathieuSPrime, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (1996), MathieuSPrime, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Language. 1996. "MathieuSPrime." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (1996). MathieuSPrime. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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