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Mastering Mechanics 1: Using MATLAB 5

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Mastering Mechanics 1: Using MATLAB 5

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20 Aug 2002 (Updated )

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[vector]=rad2xy(inputs)
function [vector]=rad2xy(inputs)
%RAD2XY Converts vectors in radian angles to standard form.
%   RAD2XY (INPUTS) Routine takes any number of force vectors described by 
%   their angle and magnitude along with an optional set of coordinates and 
%   returns the force vector in standard form.
%
%   INPUTS: [ANGLE,MAG,XCOR,YCOR]
%
%   See also DEG2XY, DIST2X, DIST2Y, DISTLOAD, RISE2XY, XY2DEG, XY2RAD. 

%   Details are to be found in Mastering Mechanics I, Douglas W. Hull,
%   Prentice Hall, 1998

%   Douglas W. Hull, 1998
%   Copyright (c) 1998-99 by Prentice Hall
%   Version 1.00


[r,c]=size(inputs);

if c==4  % if coordinates were given
  ycor=inputs(:,4); % pull coordinates out of input matrix
  xcor=inputs(:,3); % pull coordinates out of input matrix
end

mag=inputs(:,2); % pull magnitudes out of input matrix
angle=inputs(:,1); % pull angles out of input matrix

if c==2 % if coordinates were not given
  xcor=zeros(r,1); ycor=zeros(r,1); % coordinates default to origin
end

xvec=cos(angle).*mag; % equation 1.2
yvec=sin(angle).*mag; % equation 1.2

vector=[xvec,yvec,xcor,ycor]; % reassemble complete answer

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