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# Solving ODEs using matlab (ode45)

Asked by Pazzo Giampalo on 19 Jul 2013

Hello,

I am new to matlab. I was trying to follow an instruction from mit.edu.

I want to use ode45 to solve ODEs.

I have the following in my function page:

```function dxy = diffxy (t, xy)
x = xy(1);
xdot = xy(2);
y = xy(3);
xdot = xdot;
ydot = 3*x+5;
xdoubledot = 3-ydot+2*xdot
dxy = [xdot; xdoubledot; ydot]
```

To get a solution, I type [T, XY] ode45 ('diffxy', 0, 10, [0 1 0]) in my command window (t from 0 to 10 and the initial value of x is 0, xdot is 1, and ydot is 0). But the following message :

```??? [T, XY] ode45 ('diffxy', 0 10, [0 1 0])
|
Error: Unexpected MATLAB expression.
```

Thankyou!

Pazzo

## 1 Comment

Jan Simon on 20 Jul 2013

What is "my function page"?

You need an additional "=" to assign the output.

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Answer by Matt Kindig on 19 Jul 2013

Did you forget the assignment sign?

```[T, XY] = ode45 ('diffxy', 0 10, [0 1 0])
```

Pazzo Giampalo on 20 Jul 2013

thank you Matt, but no, that didn't work. I guess my question is, when I have the function page written out, how do I call that function (execute it) in my command window? I tried to look up online, but still not figure it out using ode45.

Jan Simon on 20 Jul 2013

Please explain "didn't work" with details. And we have to know, where you have written the shown code.

Answer by Pazzo on 3 Aug 2013

Jan,

I found out that I should add a bracket, [ ],along with an equal sign, =, to make it work.

thank you for your help though.

Pazzo