Create a piecewise polynomial that has a cubic polynomial in the interval [0,4], a quadratic polynomial in the interval [4,10], and a quartic polynomial in the interval [10,15].

Evaluate the piecewise polynomial at many points in the interval [0,15] and plot the results. Plot vertical dashed lines at the break points where the polynomials meet.

Create and plot a piecewise polynomial with four intervals that alternate between two quadratic polynomials.

The first two subplots show a quadratic polynomial and its negation shifted to the intervals [-8,-4] and [-4,0]. The polynomial is

$$1-{(\frac{x}{2}-1)}^{2}=\frac{-{x}^{2}}{4}+x.$$

The third subplot shows a piecewise polynomial constructed by alternating these two quadratic pieces over four intervals. Vertical lines are added to show the points where the polynomials meet.

subplot(2,2,1)
cc = [-1/4 1 0];
pp1 = mkpp([-8 -4],cc);
xx1 = -8:0.1:-4;
plot(xx1,ppval(pp1,xx1),'k-')
subplot(2,2,2)
pp2 = mkpp([-4 0],-cc);
xx2 = -4:0.1:0;
plot(xx2,ppval(pp2,xx2),'k-')
subplot(2,1,2)
pp = mkpp([-8 -4 0 4 8],[cc;-cc;cc;-cc]);
xx = -8:0.1:8;
plot(xx,ppval(pp,xx),'k-')
hold on
line([-4 -4],ylim,'LineStyle','--')
line([0 0],ylim,'LineStyle','--')
line([4 4],ylim,'LineStyle','--')
hold off

v — Piecewise polynomial values at query points vector | matrix | array

Piecewise polynomial values at query points, returned as a vector,
matrix, or array.

If pp has [d1,..,dr]-valued
coefficients (nonscalar coefficient values), then:

When xq is a vector of length N, v has
size [d1,...,dr,N], and v(:,...,:,j) is
the value at xq(j).

When xq has size [N1,...,Ns], v has
size [d1,...,dr,N1,...,Ns], and v(:,...,:,
j1,...,js) is the value at xq(j1,...,js).

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.

Usage notes and limitations:

The size of output v does not match MATLAB^{®} when both of the following statements are true:

The input xx is a variable-size array that
is not a variable-length vector.

xx becomes a row vector at run time.

In this case, the code generator does not remove the
singleton dimensions. However, MATLAB might remove singleton dimensions.

For example, suppose that xx is a :4-by-:5 array (the
first dimension is variable size with an upper bound of 4 and the second
dimension is variable size with an upper bound of 5). Suppose that
ppval(pp,0) returns a 2-by-3 fixed-size array.
v has size 2-by-3-by-:4-by-:5. At run time, suppose
that, size(x,1) =1 and size (x,2) = 5. In the generated code, the size(v) is
[2,3,1,5]. In MATLAB, the size is [2,3,5].

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