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Re: What is the problem? There are no images and no wrong reports for this small program.

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  • Subject: [mg112310] Re: What is the problem? There are no images and no wrong reports for this small program.
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 04:21:09 -0400 (EDT)

On 9/7/10 at 2:02 AM, justwanglunwei at (peter) wrote:

>Hello Mathematica community, I really need some help.... I realized
>there are some mistakes in this program, but I can't find out what
>it is,  I keep trying for weeks, still there are some problem, I
>never used Mathematica before

>a==Exp[(-2r^2)/3]; b==BesselJ[0,(r*Sqrt[x^2+y^2])/0.8]; c==r^2=
>,0.01}, {y,-0.01,0.01}]

>=EF=BC=88I is Complex i=EF=BC=89

Your email is coming through somewhat garbled. The best way to
post code in email is to select the cell in Mathematica you want
to post and ensure the format of that cell is in InputForm
before doing the copy/paste into email. You can make any cell be
in InputForm by selecting the cell then going to the Cell menu
selecting ConvertTo->InputForm. On a Mac, this also has a
shortcut key of cmd-shift-I. There should be a similar shortcut
on other platforms. Also, it is a good idea to avoid using
special characters such as Greek symbols for something to be
posted. Doing the above will make your post easier to read and
avoid the problem being seen in your post.

I am going to have to guess a bit as to the source of your
problem. Judging by what appears to be part of an error message
it looks like you might be using a complex variable for the
upper integration limit. But since this part is garbled, I
cannot be sure about this or if this is part of the issue.

It also appears you are explicitly using dr to be have the usual
meaning this has in a text. That portion of the integral should
not be used when doing integration with Mathematica. The dr term
will be seen by Mathematica as a separate variable with no
dependence on r multiplying the other terms in the integrand.

The Integrate command should be outside the Plot command or you
should use Evaluate to force evaluation of the integral before
Plot tries to actually plot the integral.

That is

g[x_] = Integrate[y Exp[y], {y, 0, x}];
Plot[g[x], {x, 0, 2}]

will generate a plot reasonably quickly


Plot[Integrate[y Exp[y], {y, 0, x}],{x, 0, 2}]

will also create the same plot but will run much slower since
the integral is being evaluated repeatedly for every value of x
Plot uses to create the graphic.

Note, hear I used Set (=) not SetDelayed (:=) when defining g.
Had I used SetDelayed here, there would have been no improvement
in time required to generate the plot.

Also, for this example, I used an integral that has a closed
form solution. For integrals where no closed form solution
exists there won't be much to gain by having the integral
outside the Plot command. But in these cases it is probably
better to use NIntegrate rather than Integrate.

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