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Finding a Limit of Integration

 

The algorithms used in EES Integral function for numerical integration do not allow EES to directly solve for a limit of integration.  For example, the following equation would produce an error in EES.

 

3=integral(x^2 ,x, 0, a) 

 

It is possible, however, to solve this problem in several other ways.  Perhaps the simplest solution is to use a Subprogram in which the limit, (variable a in this problem) is provided as a parameter.  The method is illustrated in the following equations.

 

SubProgram FindLimit(a:L)

      L=integral(x^2, x, 0, a)

end

 

L=3

Call FindLimit(a:L)

a_exact=9^(1/3)

 

Another way to solve this problem is to reformulate the problem to be an optimization problem and use the Min/Max command.  In this case,  EES will adjust variable a so as to minimize an objective function.  The method is illustrated in the following equations.

 

L=integral(x^2, x, 0, a)

f=abs(L-3)

a_exact=9^(1/3)

 

This simple problem has an analytic solution which is the cube root of 9.