Casual Introduction to Numerical Methods – spring-mass-damper system model – part#5

February 22, 2011

In this tutorial, most of the calculations for the numerical simulation a SMD (spring-mas-damper) system will be consolidated into a single formula, the coordinate formula. In this case, in order to calculate the coordinate at the end of a any time step, we will need just the coordinates from the previous two time steps and of course the input parameters (constants). These input parameters are: mass, damping ratio, spring constant and time…


Casual Introduction to Numerical Methods – a spring-mass-damper system model – part#3

February 5, 2011

Here is the third part of a tutorial in both elementary dynamics and numerical methods. It is written at a basic level and it shows you how to set up a dynamic model for numerical solving of simple differential equations.   The dynamic model makes use of an infinite loop, which make the calculations advance in time. Instead of a large table with formulas, this time we have a small number of…


Dynamic Macros #1

November 30, 2010

Hi everybody, Today we’ll talk about dynamic macros very useful in engineering modeling, scientific modeling, games etc. Dynamic macros are created using two different type of loops: “For” and “Do”. – Two different but equivalent conditional “Do” loops are explored. – It is shown that macros can be assigned to drawing shapes, pictures, graph, etc. – A highly valuable Run/Pause macro is described and implemented. The reader must pay close attention…


Roller Coaster

September 20, 2010

A roller coaster in Exel 2003 in 3-dimension (perspective view). To start de ride after download, click the little sun icon in the NE corner of the chart. Most of the calculations are done in the spreadsheet with very little VBA as a “glue”. The display is created on a plain 2D scatter plot.