I am not absolutely sure how to formulate my question but here is my first attempt:

I have 25 rods with lengths in cm

chordlength={295.21, 295.21, 294.755, 293.27, 291.085, 288.395, 284.575, 279.89,
    275.225, 269.995, 263.84, 256.695, 247.85, 238.06, 228.83, 219.175,
    208.08, 196.945, 184.89, 170.95, 155.815, 138.73, 118.755, 97.805,

and than I defined two possible force densities applied on the same rod

DensityTop = 
  Table[With[{j = j}, ((# - 0.6*chordlength[[j]]/10^2)^2 + .2) &], {j,
     1,25, 1}];
DensityBtm = 
  Table[With[{j = j},1 &], {j,
     1, 25, 1}];

As you can see, DensityTop is quadratic while DensityBtm is constant.

Now my idea (to be more accurate: what I really wanted and need to do) was that if I would plot the data, all the plots would look exactly the same as the first one except the scale on the x axis should change.

BUT if I actually plot them:

Table[Plot[{DensityTop[[j]][x], DensityBtm[[j]][x]}, {x, 0, 
   chordlength[[j]]/10^2}, Filling -> Axis, 
  PlotStyle -> {Gray, Orange}, 
  FrameLabel -> {StandardForm["Profile length [m]"], 
    StandardForm["Force density [N/m]"]}, 
  PlotLegends -> {StandardForm["Top"], StandardForm["Bottom"]}, 
  ImageSize -> 600, PlotLabel -> StandardForm[N[j]"Cell"], 
  Frame -> True, PlotRange -> All], {j, 1, 25, 

You can see that the plots are far away from being the same! Let me know if the problem is not clear and please help me to find a solution.

I just want the exact same force density applied to all 25 rods with different lengths. By the same force density I mean: The same distribution.

EDIT: Since the problem was not clear I added the following:

Ok, so I have 25 rods. Each rod with different length. And than I apply some ARBITRARY force density to them. For example something looking like this. enter image description here

I deliberately deleted the ticks on both axes because they are not important. The only two things important are:

  • the shape of the force density function, which has to be the same for all rods! (Not important information: on the attached picture, the function is Sinc[x]*(x^3 + (x - 1)^2 + x) + 25 and I made it up.)

  • length of the rod.

Maybe this is a bit more clear now. In case not, here is another example. Lets say my force density is a sum of Heaviside functions $$f(x)=\lambda [\Theta(x-\frac{2}{10}L)-\Theta(x-\frac{4}{10}L)]+\mu [\Theta(x-\frac{6}{10}L)-\Theta(x-\frac{8}{10}L)]$$ where first step begins at 20% of the total Length $L$ and ends at 40%, and the second step is from 60-80%. This would look something similar to this: enter image description here And this is the force density I want to apply to each rod. And this is also the case that works exactly as I want it to. All rods will experience absolutely NO force from 0-20%, than $\lambda$ force from 20-40%, than again nothing from 40-60% and $\mu$ force from 60-80% and finally again nothing from 80-100%.

It's rather simple to do it with Heaviside functions but my needs go beyond unrealistic case of Heaviside functions. A quadratic force density is more realistic or maybe something even more complicated. But each rod has to have the same force density applied, meaning:

  • if the fist rod has minimum force at 60%, all others have the same.

  • if force density reaches maximum at 30% it has to at all rods. And The difference between minimum and maximum has to be the same for all rods.

  • If $$\frac{f(x=0)}{f(x=L)}=0.02$$ for the first rod, than this has to apply for all other 24 rods.

Now I think I can't explain in more details than I just did. Hopefully that is good enough.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ it is not clear what you want. The same y-axis scaling? Each plot has a different x-range and a different function, in what way should they be "exactly" the same? $\endgroup$
    – george2079
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:12
  • $\begingroup$ Hard to understand what you are trying to do here, but I'm almost sure you want to change the definition of DensityTop to something like DensityTop = Table[With[{cl = chordlength[[j]]}, ((# - 0.6*cl/10^2)^2 + .2) &], {j, 1, 25, 1}]. Also, you want to avoid upercase variable names. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ The same y-axis scaling, yes! Let me describe a rather basic example. Let the force density be $f(x)=(x-0.6\cdot L)^2$ for L=chordlength[[j]] in the OP. Now I want $f(x=0)$ and $f(x=L)$ and minimum value at 60% ... I want those three values to be fixed for all rods (for all $L$) and quadratic function inbetween. Does that make more sense? $\endgroup$
    – skrat
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking how to construct a quadratic that passes through three prescribed points? $\endgroup$
    – george2079
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:29
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @skrat It seems that you only need to apply Rescale[ ] to the x coordinate ... $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:48

2 Answers 2


Try this:

DensityTop = 
    Table[With[{j = j, 
          lnorm = chordlength[[1]]/chordlength[[j]]}, 
            (.2 + 
             36.*^-6 chordlength[[1]]^2 - 
             0.012 chordlength[[1]] (# lnorm) + 
             (# lnorm)^2 ) &],
     {j, 1, 25, 1}];

enter image description here

Note this is a different result from the other answer, which should illustrate the question is still unclear.

  • $\begingroup$ This seems to do exactly what I want but I have no idea how you got this result (for example those factors 0.012 and 36.*^-6... Also I am afraid this is limited to quadratic functions only. $\endgroup$
    – skrat
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 7:31
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I found the three points from the first curve and derived a formula for a quadratic to pass through those points for the other curves. $\endgroup$
    – george2079
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 13:45
     h /. Solve[DensityTop[[1]][0] == DensityTop[[j]][h], h][[1]], 
     h /. Solve[DensityTop[[1]][chordlength[[1]]/10^2] == DensityTop[[j]][h], h][[-1]]}, 
      Filling -> Axis, PlotStyle -> {Gray, Orange}, 
      PlotLabel -> j, Frame -> True, PlotRange -> All], {j, 1, 25, 1}], 
      5] // GraphicsGrid

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ Belisarius, I have edited my OP because my explanation of the problem was really bad. Hopefully things got a bit better with my EDIT. Thank you for the time you spent to find this solution! $\endgroup$
    – skrat
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:40

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