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Help with solving three equations with 3 unknowns

  1. Feb 12, 2014 #1
    I have the three following equations in the file attached:

    1. 70000000=(((R1^3)*4/3)-((R2^3)*4/3 "))(100*cosα))/(2(R1 -R2)(pi/2)(R1^4-R2^4) + 100sinα/ ((pi/4)(R1^4-R2^4))

    2. 120000000=((100*sinα))/(R1^2-R2^2)+ (100*cosα*R1 )/((pi/4)(R1^4-R2^4))

    3. m=100(pi)(R1^2-R2^2 )(cosα)* R1

    I know it looks like we have four unknowns with three equations, but I am going to assume the value of R1. Going forward, I will have the following unknowns:
    α, R2, m

    I tried solving this using Maple, but unfortunately all my values were 0. I am pretty sure I wrote it right. Otherwise, is there any other software I can use to solve this? Excel/Matlab?

    If so, which functions should I use? Are there any constraints that I will have to define?

    Thank you in advance!

    PS - I attached a picture of the formulas!

    Attached Files:

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  3. Feb 12, 2014 #2
    Solve (1) & (2) independently as you have 2 equations with 2 unknowns then substitute into (3)

    As you know R1 & as long as R1 does NOT = R2 then I'd try multiplying (1) & (2) through by (pi/4)(R1^4-R2^4)
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2014
  4. Feb 13, 2014 #3
    If you wrote it like here, you made mistake. For what you use double quotes?
  5. Feb 13, 2014 #4
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