## Why getting some strange fractions? The code is simple and correct,maybe.

### Luca (view profile)

on 17 Sep 2018
Latest activity Commented on by Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018
why these fraction?
nuove_pp(reag+i) -> ..and.. -> nuove_pp ->
nuove_pp = 1×4
14.6794 9.7862 44.0381 39.1449
nuove_pp
reag
prod
cs
prodotti_numeratore=1;
for i=1:prod
prodotti_numeratore = prodotti_numeratore.*((nuove_pp(reag+i)+cs(reag+i)*x)^cs(reag+i)) ;
end
reagenti_denominatore=1;
for i=1:reag
reagenti_denominatore = reagenti_denominatore*((nuove_pp(i)-cs(i)*x)^cs(i)) ;
end
Q=prodotti_numeratore /reagenti_denominatore
equ= Q == K_P;
sol=double(solve(equ,x,'Real',true))

R2018a

### Stephan (view profile)

on 17 Sep 2018
Edited by Stephan

### Stephan (view profile)

on 17 Sep 2018

Hi,
if you calculate symbolic equation, the calculated values (like factors for example) in symbolic equations are represented exactly, which means that they look like this.
If you want to have double representation use:
double(a)
If you create function handles from your symbolic equation the values will be converted to double automatically.
A way for more precision than double is vpa like Star Strider suggested in his answer. If you want to solve symbolic equations numeric have a look at vpasolve.
Best regards
Stephan

### Star Strider (view profile)

on 17 Sep 2018

It looks as though you are using the Symbolic Math Toolbox.
To get the fractions as thier decimal equivalents, use the vpa (link) function.

### Luca (view profile)

on 18 Sep 2018

thank you very much for your availability. The main question is: why is not simply inserted the value relative to pp_nuove (3)? Matlab generates a useless and inexplicably large fraction.
prodotti_numeratore=1;
for i=1:prod
prodotti_numeratore = prodotti_numeratore.*((nuove_pp(reag+i)+cs(reag+i)*x)^cs(reag+i)) ;
end

Stephen Cobeldick

### Stephen Cobeldick (view profile)

on 19 Sep 2018
On paper I drew a blue box with the operations to be performed.
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 19 Sep 2018
When you solve() a polynomial system with rational coefficients, solve returns all of the solutions (in an undefined order). When you solve a system with software floating point, solve may assume that you only want one solution, and which of the solutions it chooses is undefined and small changes in the values or starting point can have it pick a quite different solution.
Also, when software floating point is used, the meaning of of raising a value to a power is defined by
A^B = exp(B*log(A))
and for negative A that can end up creating a complex valued solution. For example (-1.0)^(1/3) is always a complex root of unity, never -1. Therefore when you use software floating point you can end up calculating something different.
When you use software floating point, approximations are made that can lead to quite different solutions. Consider
1/((10^40+1)-(10^40))
Algebraically this is 1/1 but
1/((10.^40+1)-(10.^40))
Will lose precision on the addition, causing this to evaluate as 1/0
If I knew exactly what input values you had used in your screen snapshots then I could trace to figure out the exact situation for you, but I was not able to figure out what mol inputs you used.
Stephen Cobeldick

### Stephen Cobeldick (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018
That's all.
nuove_pp = 1×4
14.6794 9.7862 44.0381 39.1449
reag=2;
prod=2;
cs=[1 1 1 1];
prodotti_numeratore=1;
for i=1:prod
prodotti_numeratore = prodotti_numeratore.*((nuove_pp(reag+i)+cs(reag+i)*x)^cs(reag+i)) ;
end
reagenti_denominatore=1;
for i=1:reag
reagenti_denominatore = reagenti_denominatore*((nuove_pp(i)-cs(i)*x)^cs(i)) ;
end
Q=prodotti_numeratore /reagenti_denominatore
equ= Q == K_P;

### Luca (view profile)

on 18 Sep 2018

Thank you, heartily. But why does the matlab result differ from the paper one? The implemented code is as simple as the exercise.

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 19 Sep 2018
What input values should I be using? It looks like I should use 1 1 1 1 for the regents, but what should I enter for the mol values?

### Luca (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018

Mol values?
do not need mol values, but only the partial pressures I have already indicated. Why do you ask me for the mol?
(Excuse me for my bad English)

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018
Your code prompts four times for "Inserisci il coefficiente stechiometrico del reagente". This values get displayed directly on your sample output diagrams as "cs" just above "Q". It looks like the answers to each of those should be 1 .
Your code then prompts two times for "Assegnazione moli di reagente" and two times for "Assegnazione moli di prodotto". The English translation of that is "Assignment of moles of reagent", and "Assignment of moles of product" which appears to be questions about mole values that would be responded to with mol quantities, rather than a question about partial pressures. These values get displayed in your code as moli_reag and moli_prod a full page above the portion of the code that you have posted images of.
I need you to pick one particular set of "Inserisci il coefficiente stechiometrico del reagente" values and one particular set of "Assegnazione moli di reagente" and "Assegnazione moli di prodotto" values and tell me what they are. Do not assume that I can read them off of the diagrams: your diagrams are cut off.
This is not hard: just tell me which 8 input values are to be used.

### Luca (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018

Leave default values. The range could be from 0.1 to 4 with 0.1 step.
moli_reag(reag)=0;
for i=1:reag
prompt = 'Inserisci le moli di reagente:';
title = 'Assegnazione moli di reagente';
dims = [1 55];
defaultinput = {'0.40'};
moli_reagx= inputdlg(prompt,title,dims,defaultinput);
moli_reag(i)=str2double(moli_reagx);
end
moli_reag
PS thank you for taking the time.

Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 20 Sep 2018
Sorry, I do not seem to be able to assist you on this matter; the communications problems seem to be too large to overcome.