       Re: pursuit curve (differential equations)

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• Subject: [mg72863] Re: [mg72843] pursuit curve (differential equations)
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 04:43:12 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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```What's poc0?

Why use a dot?  Don't you mean a simple multiplication (denoted by * or
just juxtaposition with no symbol)?  After all, p, q, x, and y
presumably are already scalar-valued, not vector-valued.

Trijezni Pijanac wrote:
> hi i am doing pursuit curve in mathematica.. for instance, fox is chasing a
> rabbit - rabbit has a certain defined path (for example - a circle
> {cos(t),sin(t)}. fox always heads directly toward the rabbit.
>
> k - relative speed fox/rabbit
> p,q - rabbit's path (for instance a circle {cos(t),sin(t)}
> x,y - fox's path
> t - time :)
>
> soln = NDSolve[
>       {
>         x'[t] == k.Sqrt[p'[t]^2 + q'[t]^2].(p - x[t])
> 		/Sqrt[(p - x[t])^2 + (q - y[t])^2],
>         y'[t] == k.Sqrt[p'[t]^2 + q'[t]^2].(y - q[t])
> 		/Sqrt[(p - x[t])^2 + (q - y[t])^2],
>         x == poc0[],
>         y == poc0[]
>         },
>       {x[t], y[t]}, {t, t0, t1}];
>
> but this wont work, any suggestions?
>

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