# Why isn't this solve working?

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Joshua D'Agostino 2015-1-20

I'm trying to get out 2 values for an angle, gamma:
gamma = asin((sqrt(1 + d^2)*sin(a))/r)
is the formula for the angle. I understand that asin simply returns the principle value, and so if I want to get out 2 values I's have to solve sin(gamma) = ... etc.
I just can't get it to work. Here's my code:
syms gamma
r = 0.3584;
d = 0.6342;
a = (b - atan(d))^2 + l^2 % just how it's defined; these are all just details anyway
S = solve('sin(gamma) = (sqrt(1 + d^2)*sin(a))/r',gamma)
and here is the output:
Error using solve>processString (line 354)
' sin(gamma) = (sqrt(1 + d^2)*sin(a))/r ' is not a valid expression or equation.
Error in solve>getEqns (line 284)
eqns = processString(eqns, v, vc);
Error in solve (line 160)
[eqns,vars,options] = getEqns(varargin{:});
How is that not a valid expression? I don't know where the problem is.
Thanks in advance for all help!

### 采纳的回答

Star Strider 2015-1-20
This works (in R2014b) with no other changes in your code (other than my having to define my own deg2rad function):
S = solve(sin(gamma) == (sqrt(1 + d^2)*sin(a))/r,gamma)
producing:
S =
asin(2863908454326725/18014398509481984)
pi - asin(2863908454326725/18014398509481984)
or with:
S = vpa(S)
produces:
S =
0.15965626771650156828855864052742
2.9819363858732916701740847427521
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Star Strider 2015-1-20
My pleasure!
You’re definitely not an idiot! None of us learned MATLAB by osmosis. We all have our share of error messages, crashed code, and logic statements that did exactly the opposite of what we intended. (I do, anyway!) Keep coding, and share your expertise here when you have the opportunity.

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