6810: 1094 Activities 10
Online handouts: Printout of nonlinear.nb notebook,
"Using GSL Interpolation Functions",
listing of GslSpline and test files,
ode_test.cpp listing, CL mystery guide
In this session,
we'll do a followup to Activities 8, try out a GSL
adaptive differential equation solver, briefly look at interpolation,
take a first look at Python scripts for C++ programs, and do
the "Command Line Mystery".
Followup to Activities 8
Work on these tasks for the first third to half of the session only,
then move on to other Activities 10 tasks.
 The Mathematica notebook nonlinear.nb looks at the same
type of analysis as diffeq_pendulum.cpp only it uses the
Duffing equation. Look through it and follow along with the printout.
This exercise will expose you to how to do lots of useful
things
with Mathematica, for future reference, but there's not much for
you to do except run the notebook.
What questions do you have
about Poincare sections or the power spectrum?
If you look closely at the power spectrum, you'll see that
there is a peak near zero frequency. Change the signal to be
fourier transformed to greatly reduce this peak. What did you
do? (Hint: What would a component independent of frequency
correspond to?)
 If you're familiar with Mathematica and have time, you could
convert nonlinear.nb to study the pendulum instead.
But for now, just run the "answer" notebook
called pendulum.nb. Try different parameter choices;
what do you see with p2 vs. p5?
(For the Poincare plot with p5, try removing the PlotRange.)
GSL Differential Equation Solver
The program ode_test.cpp demonstrates the GSL adaptive
differential equation solver by solving the Van der Pol oscillator,
another nonlinear differential equation
(see the Activities 10 background notes for the equation).
 Take a look at the code and figure out where the values of mu
and the initial conditions are set. Change mu to 2 and the
initial conditions to x0=1.0 and v0=0.0 (y[0] and y[1]). Note the
different choices for "stepping algorithms", how the function is set up
and that a Jacobian is defined, and how the equation is stepped along
in time. Next time we'll see how to rewrite this code with classes.
 Use the makefile to compile and link the code. Run it.
 Create three output files using
the initial conditions [x0=1.0, v0=0.0], [x0=0.1, v0=0.0], and
[x0=1.5, v0=2.0] (just change values and recompile each time).
Notice how we've used a stringstream to uniquely name each file.
 Use gnuplot to make phasespace plots of all three cases on a
single plot, noting where they begin and end. Print it out and attach it.
Describe what you observe? This is called an
isolated attractor.
 Think about how you would restructure this code using classes.
Next time we'll explore a possible implementation that is
described in the Activities 10 notes.
GSL Interpolation Routines
We'll use the example of a
theoretical scattering cross section as
a function of energy to try out the GSL interpolation routines.
The (x,y) data, with x>E and y>sigma_{th}, is given in the
bottom row of the table in section 10c of the session notes
(note we are NOT fitting sigma_{exp}).
You might think we should be doing this for the experimental
cross section. Usually we will fit rather than interpolate such data
because it is noisy and we also want to validate our interpolations
against known functions.
 Start with the gsl_spline_test_class.cpp code (and corresponding
makefile). Take a look at the printout and try running the code.
Note that we've used a Spline class as a "wrapper" for the GSL functions,
just as we did earlier with the Hamiltonian class. Compare the
implementation to the example on the "Using GSL Interpolation Functions"
handout. Questions?

Instead of the sample function in the code,
you will change the program to interpolate
the data in the table from the notes.
This will require deleting some of the code and adding
new lines.
Set npts and the (x,y) arrays equal to
the appropriate values when you declare them. Declare them on
separate lines. An array x[4] can be initialized with the values
1., 2., 3., and 4. with the declaration:
double x[4] = {1., 2., 3., 4. };
 Use the code to generate a cubic spline
interpolation for the cross section from 0 to 200 MeV in steps of
5 MeV. Output this data and the exact results
from equation (10.7) in the notes to a file for plotting with gnuplot
and try it out. Plot the exact results "with lines" and the
spline using "with linespoints" (or "w linesp"), so you can see both
the individual points and the trends.
 Now modify the Spline class to allow for a polynomial
interpolation (see the GSL handout) and change the gsl_spline_test_class.cpp main
program to
generate linear and polynomial
interpolations as well and add code to print the results to your output
file. Did you succeed?
 Generate (and turn in)
a graph with all three interpolations plotted along with the
exact result.
Comment here on the strengths and weaknesses of the different
interpolation methods, both near the peak and globally.
Command Line Mystery
The "Command Line Mystery" is a whodunit designed to give you some practice
with useful shell commands and how to string them together (with "pipes").
Follow the instructions on the clmystery handout.
Did you solve the mystery?
Python Scripts for C++ Programs
This exercise is just a first exposure to what is possible with
Python scripts. The listings for the scripts and revised versions
of the area.cpp C++ programs are in the Activities 10 notes.
 Look at area_cmdline.cpp first and try it out (there is a makefile),
first omitting an argument when executing it.
Then look at and try run_area_cmdline1.py.
Change the list of numbers to generate the area for radii from
5 to 25 spaced by 5. Did you succeed?
 Modify both area_cmdline.cpp so that it takes two
arguments, the radius and an integer called again.
Change the code so the output line is repeated again times.
Modify run_area_cmdline1.py so it works with this new version.
Did you succeed?
 Try out run_area_cmdline2.py, modifying value_list1 and
value_list2 to help you understand how they work.
Questions? [Note: this might fail on Cygwin]
 For now, just look through run_area_cmdline3.py and try
running it. Note the use of findall and sorting,
which may come in handy later.
 Look at area_files.cpp and try it out (there is a makefile).
There is also a Python script, run_area_files2.py, to try.
(CHALLENGE) Modify the program and script so that the input
file has an extra column for the integer again introduced in
part 2.
Cubic Splining [if time permits]
Here we'll look at how to use cubic splines to define a function
from arrays of x and y values.
A question that always arises is: How many points do we need?
Or, what may be more relevant, how accurate will our function (or
its derivatives) be for a given spacing of x points?
 We'll reuse the Spline class from the last section and
the original gsl_spline_test_class.cpp function, which splined
an array.
 The goal is
to modify the code so that it splines the groundstate hydrogen
wave function:
u(r) = 2*r*exp(r)
 Your task is to determine how many (equally spaced) points to use
to represent the wave function. Suppose you need the derivative of the wave
function to be accurate to one part in 10^{6}
for 1 < r < 4 (absolute, not relative
error) Devise (and carry out!) a plan that will tell you
the spacing and the number of points needed to reach this goals.
What did you do?
 Now suppose you need integrals
over the wave function to be accurate to 0.01%.
Devise (and carry out!) a plan that will tell you
the spacing and the number of points needed to reach this goals.
To try out integrals,
use one of the GSL integration routines on an integral involving
the splined u(r)
that you know the answer to (hint: what is the total probability?).
Note: The qags_test.cpp program from the Activities 4 files can be quickly
adapted for this exercise.
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