## Int vs Integral; Int giving wrong results

### James Mathews (view profile)

on 4 Jan 2016
Latest activity Answered by Christopher Creutzig

### Christopher Creutzig (view profile)

on 21 Mar 2018
Suppose I have the function
p=@(x) (heaviside(x-0.2)-heaviside(x-0.3)).*(x.^3+x.^2+x+1)+(heaviside(x-0.3)-heaviside(x-0.8)).*(-3*x.^3-2*x.^2+3*x+0.77)
which basically comes from using cubic splines to interpolate functions. I want to calculate the integral of p(r)^2/r between 1 and some number S, ideally symbolically.
If I do integral then I get:
integral( @(s)(p(s)).^2./s,1,0.3)=-1.601
syms S
g=matlabFunction(int( @(s)(p(s)).^2./s,1,S),'Vars', {S});
g(0.3)=0
Clearly the int is giving the wrong result, but I don't know why. This example comes from a much more complicated example where integral gives the right result, and in the other case int gives non zero results but they are very wrong.
I would like to use int but I need to understand why it is giving such wrong results!
Thanks,
James

### Christopher Creutzig (view profile)

on 21 Mar 2018

As the documentation says down in the “Tips” section, int(f,1,S) assumes that 1 ≤ S. In that region, your input function is 0, so int returning 0 is correct. Call int(f,S,1) to get a result valid for S ≤ 1. 