eul-f10 - something like the following at a Matlab prompt...

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Numerical Methods and .m Files In order to use Matlab routines for the Euler, Improved Euler or Runge-Kutta Meth- ods, you will need the files eul.m , rk2.m or rk4.m , respectively. These files are already present on all ITaP machines as standard software. (If using your own copy of Mat- lab you may need to download these files from dfield ). You may also access these files from Matlab via the Software Remote : You must first create a function file in the same directory (or folder) as your Matlab . Here is one way. After Matlab has been opened, pull down the File menu and select New M-File . A window will pop up for you to create your function file. For example, to create a function file for the function f ( x,y ) = 6 x 3 - e 2 y + x/y , type: function W=fcn1(x,y) W=6*x^3-exp(2*y)+sqrt(x)/y; (Don’t forget the “ ; ” at the end.) Save this file as a .m file with the same name as your function. The above example would be saved as fcn1.m . You can check if your function has been saved by typing
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Unformatted text preview: something like the following at a Matlab prompt: fcn1(0,3) You should get the value of f (0 , 3). • Your initial value problem should have the form: ( y = f ( x,y ) y ( x ) = y . Assuming f ( x,y ) was saved as the file fcn1.m , the syntax for eul (as well as rk2 and rk4 , just replace eul ) will be: eul(’fcn1’,[x0,xf],y0,h) where x0 and xf denote the initial and final values of x , respectively, y0 is the initial value of y , and h is the step size. (Your version of Matlab may not utilize brackets. Type help eul to find out.) To approximate the actual solution to the IVP at xf , with given h , using eul , just type the following at a Matlab prompt: [x,y]=eul(’fcn1’,[x0,xf],y0,h); The approximations y , y 1 , y 2 , . . . , y n are stored in the matrix y • To print them out, type: [x,y] • To plot them, type: plot(x,y)...
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