I have a matrix of steel shapes and the corresponding section properties.
Currently for each section property I am using a vlookup function. This requires I type in the shape of the beam inside each command every time. There has to be a way to combine a vlookup and extract an entire row based on that lookup item. I assume I could then put the extracted items into a single column matrix and have each passed into the variables. This would allow me to only type the shape into a single lookup function. I'm new to Mathcad so I'm probably overlooking the obvious, but I have searched for a solution and can't find one. Anyone know of a way to do what I am trying to do?
1) You could define a variable for your shape like
and later use this variable in your vlookup commands.
2) As Mark already wrote you can use match to get the row number, like
or to just search in the first column
Then you could Primes row selector to assign a variable the full row of data.
You may even multiply this row (you would have to use the vectorization operator!) with a row vector consisting of the appropriate units for each column and assign the result to a row vector consisting of the Mathcad variable names like A.g, f, etc. and you have your single variables with just one command.
The attached may be helpful:
EDIT: Haven't seen Marks last reply before posting my own. I would prefer his "ApplyUnits" over my "multiply" 😉
Mark Gase wrote:
Something like this:
This is the kind of situation where I'd almost certainly write a function to simplify things and make the worksheet easier to read (and, hopefully, debug / maintain).
In Prime, you'd replace the clumsy transpose/column-operator with just a row-operator (Mathcad 15 has no row operator and I don't have Prime available).
(In this instance, as there is only likely to be one AISC table, it would probably be OK to write the function such that it picks up AISC from the worksheet rather than passing it as a parameter. The advantage of doing this is that it potentially makes the function less confusing to the reader. In reality, I'd probably still define it as getLabel(AISC, label))
I have a similar case. I have an extensive table with 5 columns (0 to 4) and more than 1000 rows!
I want to select the values for the first 4 variables (each variable in one of the first 4 columns) and find the row that contains the exact values I selected so to find the value of the 5th column (4) at that row.
Any ideas? Thanks!
This is an elegant solution for applyign units.
One thing I found out, you can create local functions within functions, see below, pretty powerful