Analysis Functions

SpeQ has functions for the numerical integration and differentiation of functions. These are often used in the mathematics, physics, and engineering fields. For example, when you integrate the speed of a car you get its position, and when you differentiate a car's position you get its speed.


The function you want to analyze must depend on one variable. This can be x, but you can use any variable you like. SpeQ will find the functionvariable automatically if it's not explicitly defined, as in fnInt(Sin(x),0,1). You can't choose a variable name that's identical to a previously-defined variable or function name.

(Dis)continuous functions

Because of the numerical methods used, it's only possible to use these analytical functions for continuous functions. For example, fnInt(x>0, -1, 1) is a discontinuous function. The integral won't give an answer because there's no convergence. (In this case the function is discontinuous at x=0).
If you need to calculate the integral of a discontinuous function, first split it up into continuous parts. An example would be fnInt(x>0, -1, -1e-10) + fnInt(x>0, 1e-10, 1). Be sure to exclude the discontinuity itself.

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SpeQ has the following analysis functions.
Function Description
fnDiff(f(x), {x,} pos) Calculates the differential of the function f(x) on position pos. The differential is the slope of the function.
Mathematical notation: Differential

fnInt(f(x), {x,} start, end) Calculates the integral of the function f(x) between start and end. The integral is the area under the graph.
Mathematical notation: Integral

fnSolve(f(x) {,x } {, start}) Calculates one value of x for which the function f(x) is zero. If the optional value start is provided, the function searches for a solution in the neighborhood of start.
The function fnSolve uses the Secant method to find one solution for which the provided function is zero. If you have provided a start value, the solver will search for a solution in the heighborhood of start. Else, it will start searching around zero. The function fnSolve will find only one solution, though there may exist multiple solutions. Therefore, it is important to know what your function looks like. To study this, you can plot the function.
' First create a function
f(x) = 1/4 * x^3 + 3/4 * x^2 - 10 * x - 2
       Function f(x) is defined

' Plot the function and study its shape.
' You can also trace the function to find the roots.
       Plot done
' From the plot we can see that the function 
' is zero in the neighborhood of -8, 0 and 5.

' Now, you can calculate the different roots
' by specifying start points for the solver.
root1 = fnSolve(f(x), -8)
       root1 = -7.921848227
root2 = fnSolve(f(x), 0)
       root2 = -0.197273178
root3 = fnSolve(f(x), 5)
       root3 = 5.119121405
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'Examples of using the Analysis functions

fnInt(Sin(x),0, Pi)
       Ans = 2
fnInt(Sin(t)+Cos(t), 0.25*Pi, 0.75*Pi)
       Ans = 1.414213562
       Ans = 2
fnDiff(2*Sqrt(pos), 9)
       Ans = 0.333333333

'Analyze the function x^2 -3*x +2.5
plot(x^2 -3*x +2.5);    'Plot the function
'Calculate the area under the function
'between x=1 and x=3
fnInt(x^2 -3*x +2.5, 1, 3)
       Ans = 1.666666667
       Ans = 5/3
'Calculate the slope of the function at x=3.5
fnDiff(x^2 -3*x +2.5, 3.5)
       Ans = 4

'So far we've entered the function 3 times
'It's more convenient to define the function once:
f(x) = x^2 -3*x +2.5
       f(x) is defined

fnInt(f(x), 1, 3)
       Ans = 1.666666667
fnDiff(f(x), 3.5)
       Ans = 4

'Be sure the variable of the function
'you want to use isn't a previously-defined variable!
Time = 4.5
       Time = 4.5
'In the next calculation, Time is the constant value 4.5
fnInt(Time^2, 0, 2*5)
       Error: Unable to detect a variable in Function ...

'To correct this you can either use another variable
'or delete the variable that's causing the problem.
fnInt(Time2^2, Time2, 0, 2*5)
       Ans = 333.333333333

fnInt(Time^2, Time, 0, 2*5)
       Ans = 333.333333333

' Find a value of x for which the cosine is zero.
       Ans = 1.570796327

' Find another value of x for which the cosine is zero,
' in the neighborhood of 5.
fnSolve(Cos(x), 5)
       Ans = 4.71238898
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See Also

Functions overview, Functionstree, Plot