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Using an integral in a function

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Hi, I have a problem as follows:
In the main file, I define a function f_1 and a number q_Max:
f_1 = @(q) (0).*((q<0)|(q>q_Max)) + (q*height/peak_1).*((0<=q) & (q<=peak_1)) +...
(height-(q-peak_1)*height/(q_Max-peak_1)).*((peak_1<q) & (q<=q_Max));
In a function file, I define the following function:
function result = Lambda_1(beta)
global f_1 q_Max
result = beta*integral(@(q) f_1(q).*q.^2,0,q_Max);
In the main file, I run the following line and get an error:
Error using integral (line 85)
A and B must be floating-point scalars.
Error in Lambda_1 (line 10)
result = beta*integral(@(q) f_1(q).*q.^2,0,q_Max);
I wonder why this happens. I think both q and q_Max are scalars. Thanks in advance.


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Stephen Cobeldick
Stephen Cobeldick on 21 Oct 2020
The problem is that in the "main file" you did not declare q_Max and f_1 as global.
But rather than using global variables (which should be avoided) you would be much better of parameterizing the function using one of the recommended syntaxes:

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Yu Haobo Yu
Yu Haobo Yu on 21 Oct 2020
Thank you very mush!!

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