# Indexing a variable value

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Robert Burke on 3 Dec 2018
Commented: Aoi Midori on 3 Dec 2018
Hi,
I have been given an assignment where we basically have to run a simulation for a rocket launch. In part of this, we have to calculate the density of the atmosphere at the height of the rocket so that we can calculate the drag force. The heights of the rocket (in increments of one kilometre) have been given to us in column one of an excel sheet, with their respective density values alongside them in column 2 (stored in a file called DensityData) I have already read in these values using xlsxread.
To simulate the launch, we have used a for loop for time. However, I am trying to write a subscript for a function that will produce the density value for each iteration of the for loop. I attempted to write the function as
function [density] = findDensity(DensityData.m) %g/cm^3
%DensityData : returns the density of the atmosphere
%This uses the altitude of the rocket to produce a value for the density of
%the atmosphere at that height
[density] = DensityData(position,1);
end
but this produces an error as it won't let me enter a non-numerical or non-logical value for the row value in the index, i.e. position.
If anybody could help me find an alternative way around this, that would be much appreciated!
P.s. the heights are in increments of 1 km so a round function may also have to be used on the position value before using it for any code similar to the above.
Regards, Rob

Aoi Midori on 3 Dec 2018
Do you want to calculate the density values using the function DensityData() or do you already have the density values calculated and the matrix DensityData where it contains the heights in column 1 and the density values in column 2? In the latter case, this could be one of the solutions.
function [density] = findDensity(DensityData, position)
[density] = DensityData(position,2);
end
Aoi Midori on 3 Dec 2018
I was also wondering for a while and came up with the idea that Robert just wanted to look up the density values using the row number 'position'...

Robert Burke on 3 Dec 2018
I wish I could do that but the assignment specifies that we create a user-defined function in a subscript and then use that in the main script.
The function I used was the one Aoi sent above, and in the main script I wrote
[density] = findDensity(DensityData,position)
where findDensity is the name of the function we were told to use
Aoi Midori on 3 Dec 2018
I would highly appreciate it if you could attach the screen capture and DensityData, if you still have some difficulties. Thank you in advance.

Dennis on 3 Dec 2018
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