Finding the shortest path

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Axelina Lindgren
Axelina Lindgren on 16 Apr 2021
Commented: Walter Roberson on 17 Apr 2021
How do you code so that you mark the shortest path in this problem? The problem is to find the shortest optical path between two points in different materials. The rays diverge exactly halfway between the two points. I understand how to find the minimum value of the function but not how to mark (or replot in another colour) the ray that is the shortest. dopt is the function that calculate the total optical path from the first point to the second. Grateful for help!
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 17 Apr 2021
If you were using a graph() object to do the plotting, you could use highlight()

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Clayton Gotberg
Clayton Gotberg on 16 Apr 2021
After you have found the minimum value of the function, you can simply replot over the same line in a different color. The most recently plotted object should cover any previously plotted objects by default.
If you were to save the value of the length on each iteration (for example, dtot(i+4)=dopt(i)), you could find the index of the minimum and replot that line just as you did in the for loop.
for i = -3:1:3
line(i)% plot lines
hold on
[~,min_index] = min(dtot);
line(min_index,'Color','blue')% plot lines
If you need the shortest possible line and not just the shortest line of the ones you plotted, you can perform the minimization and then plot the line using that value of .

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