Re: NDSolve in 3D

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg126371] Re: NDSolve in 3D*From*: Nicholas <physnick at gmail.com>*Date*: Fri, 4 May 2012 06:26:37 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*References*: <jnim4q$alk$1@smc.vnet.net>

Niles, There are a few issues : First, without knowing the definition for the function 'acceleration' I can't say anything specific, but if we choose acceleration[a_, b_, c_] := a + b + c, Then a correct syntax is sol = NDSolve[{x''[t] == acceleration[x'[t], y[t], z[t]], y''[t] == acceleration[y'[t], x[t], z[t]], z''[t] == 0, x[0] == 0, x'[0] == 0, y[0] == 0, y'[0] == 0, z[0] == 0, z'[0] == 250}, {x, y, z}, {t, 0, 1}]; Note that I do not use [t] when declaring the functions x,y, and z. Then for the parametric plot, you need an Evaluate. ParametricPlot[Evaluate[{x[t], x'[t]} /. sol], {t, 0, 1}, PlotRange -> {{0, 0.35}, {0, 5}}, AspectRatio -> 0.75] I changed your maximum time from 0.001 to 1. Also, you may want to look into general theorems on systems of autonomous coupled differential equations. Hope this helps. Nicholas. On Apr 29, 2:12 am, Niles <niels.martin... at gmail.com> wrote: > Hi > > I am trying to solve Newtons equation for a particle in (x, y, z), and here is what I have: > > sol = NDSolve[{ > x''[t] == acceleration[x'[t], y[t], z[t]], > y''[t] == acceleration[y'[t], x[t], z[t]], > z''[t] == 0, > x[0] == 0, x'[0] == 0, y[0] == 0, y'[0] == 0, z[0] == 0, > z'[0] == 250}, > {x[t], y[t], z[t]}, {t, 0, 1}]; > > There is only a force acting in the (x, y)-direction, and the z-component is just constant (not accelerating). When I plot the solution using > > ParametricPlot[{x[t], x'[t]} /. sol, {t, 0, 0.001}, > PlotRange -> {{0, 0.35}, {0, 5}}, AspectRatio -> 0.75] > > the plot is empty. Is my syntax in NDSolve correct? > > Best, > Niles.