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Topic: Using manipulate with user entered variables and functions
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Bob Hanlon

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Re: Using manipulate with user entered variables and functions
Posted: Jun 12, 2013 5:27 AM
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var = Union[
Cases[f, _Symbol?(! NumericQ[#] &),
Grid[{HoldForm[D["f", #]] & /@ var,
Simplify[D[f, #] & /@ var]},
Frame -> All,
FrameStyle -> {LightGray, Thin}]],
{f, {
x (x^2 + y^3),
x*Sqrt[x^2 + y^2 + z^2],
Sin[(x^2 - t)]/(x (y^2 + z^2))},
ControlType -> PopupMenu}]

Bob Hanlon

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 4:05 AM, <> wrote:

> I am trying to create a program through which a user can enter a number of
> variable names and a function of those variables. The program then
> performs calculations based on derivatives of the function with respect to
> the entered variables. Eventually this will become a tool for error
> propagation in an undergraduate physics lab.
> The following simple program allows a user to enter two variables and a
> function of those variables. It then calculates the partial derivatives of
> the function with respect to each of the variables.
> Manipulate[{D[f, var[1]], D[f, var[2]]}, {var[1], x}, {var[2], y}, {f,
> x^2 + y^3}]
> I would like to extend this program to allow for an adjustable number of
> variables. I'm imagining using nested manipulate commands to allow the
> number of variables to be user controlled. To do this I also need the
> program to be able to adjust how many derivatives are being calculated. I
> tried to
> replace the list of derivative commands with a table:
> Manipulate[
> Table[D[f, var[i]], {i, 1, 2}], {var[1], x}, {var[2], y}, {f,
> x^2 + y^3}]
> This does not work. I suspect that the Table command somehow causes it to
> calculate the derivatives before the function and/or variables are defined
> based on the manipulate controls. How do I control this order of
> evaluation?
> Thank you,
> Nathan

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