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Symbolic equation with numeric variable

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Is it possible to use a numeric variable(in this case "alfa") in a symbolic equation.
I'm trying to solve the symbolic q. I need the flexibility to change the value of alfa. However if i use the term "alfa" when defining the eqn, marlab fails to solve the equation.
If I manually type the value of alfa inside the equation, the programs runs without a problem.
f=50;
w=2*pi*f;
R=303.47/50;
alfa=72;
syms q;
eqn = 'sin(72*pi/180) == cos(q) * exp(tan(q) * (pi/6 - 72*pi/180 + q))';
% This is the format I want to use,but gives errors
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%eqn = 'sin(alfa*pi/180) == cos(q) * exp(tan(q) * (pi/6 - alfa*pi/180 + q))';
%----------------------------------------------------------------------
y= double(solve(eqn));
C=1/(w*R*tan(y)) /10^(-6) % Capacitor Value

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Sep 2013
Edited: Walter Roberson on 23 Sep 2013
eqn = subs('sin(alfa*pi/180) = cos(q) * exp(tan(q) * (pi/6 - alfa*pi/180 + q))', 'alfa', alfa);

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Rashmil Dahanayake
Rashmil Dahanayake on 24 Sep 2013
Edited: Azzi Abdelmalek on 24 Sep 2013
Subs method worked.
Alternatively you can define the eqn without quotation (') marks.
Therefore following code is also correct.
eqn = sin(alfa*pi/180) == cos(q) * exp(tan(q) * (pi/6 - alfa*pi/180 + q));
y= double(solve(eqn));
I'm wondering for symbolic solver is there any benefit passing arguments as a string.(ie using quotation marks)

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 24 Sep 2013
When you pass as a string, you need to use MuPAD syntax. But in turn that means you can access MuPAD syntax and operators that do not have a direct MATLAB interface.
Or so the theory goes; I have not had my hands on a MuPAD version to experiment with.

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