matlab triple integral conical gravity

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Hi everyone,
I'm trying to solve a triple integral in matlab, demonstrating the gravity on a point mass inside a cone. I have solved this byy hand and it works fine with a simple u sub. Does anyone have any ideas why my code isn't working. Thanks!
I've tried:
function F = conical_gravity(r,z,th) % parameters
syms G p r th z h
T = (p*G*r*z)/((r^2+z^2)^(3/2));
F1 = int(T,r,0,z)
F2 = int(F1,z,0,h)
F3 = int(F2,th,0,2*pi)
syms G p r z th h a
T = (p*G*r*z)*((r^2+z^2)^(-3/2));
q1 = int(T,r,0,z)
q2 = int(q1,th,0,2*pi)
q3 = int(q2,z,0,h)
and this:
syms th r z h G p
T = (p*G*r*z)*((r^2+z^2)^(-3/2));
along with the previous was using integral3.
Any ideas??
Mia Bodin
Mia Bodin on 29 Nov 2014
A symbolic answer, G*p*pi*h*(2-sqrt(2))

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Mike Hosea
Mike Hosea on 29 Nov 2014
Edited: Mike Hosea on 30 Nov 2014
Numerical stuff removed since a symbolic answer was needed.
Mia Bodin
Mia Bodin on 30 Nov 2014
Thank you so much that helped a ton!

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Youssef  Khmou
Youssef Khmou on 29 Nov 2014
Edited: Youssef Khmou on 29 Nov 2014
I think that working with symbolic variables will not permit the transformation of integral expressions to numeric type, however if you only want general primitive do not use the bounds :
q1 = int(T,r)
You can proceed as the following, the second integral is based on first, so as the third, in each integral the bold case represents the variable on which we integrate :
p=2;% p=mv
T=@(R) (p*G*R*z)/((r^2+z^2)^(3/2));
the expression of q2 is independent of azimuth theta, you will then multiply q1 by 2pi, try to figure out the solution q3.
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Mia Bodin
Mia Bodin on 29 Nov 2014
the only thing is I need to integrate over those bound. Without out doing so I will be unable to obtain the correct answer. You see I'm not trying to get the numerical answer right now, i need the analytic solution, which will be G*p*pi*h*(2-sqrt(2).

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Roger Stafford
Roger Stafford on 30 Nov 2014
Edited: Roger Stafford on 30 Nov 2014
I have a very ancient version of the Symbolic Toolbox, but it has trouble with substituting z for (z^2)^(1/2) if you integrate with respect to r first because it doesn't know that z is never negative until too late. Unfortunately you would run into the same kind of trouble if you integrated with respect to z first, because it doesn't know yet that r is never negative. However, I believe later versions will permit you to place constraints on your symbolic variables to avoid this trouble. You might try that.


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