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asked 2014-02-10 19:33:23 -0500

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updated 2014-02-12 11:14:58 -0500

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I'm getting an error in python:

"File "Untitled", line 17
    s.velocity = s.velocity +((1.6e-22)*cos(w*t)*dt)
ValueError: operands could not be broadcast together with shapes (3) (0) "

The code is posted below. does anybody know how i can fix this?:

B = vector(0,0,0.5e-4) # Tesla, the earth's magnetic field
q = -1.6e-19 # Coulomb, the charge on an electron
m = .00507 # kg, the mass of an electron
s = sphere(radius=2.0e-6)
s.velocity = vector(100,0,0) # m/s
dt=1e-10 # s
while t < 3e-6:
    if s.pos.x < 1e-6:
        s.velocity = s.velocity +((1.6e-22)*cos(w*t)*dt)
        t = t+dt
        s.acceleration = q*cross(s.velocity,B)/m
        s.velocity = s.velocity + s.acceleration*dt
        s.pos = s.pos + s.velocity*dt
        t = t+dt
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As chip said one of the arrays might be empty. Why don't you try 'w=vector(2*pi,0,0)', since you used vector for 's.velocity'

Shengen gravatar imageShengen ( 2014-02-12 15:16:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-02-12 11:24:35 -0500

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Check out the variables in the line of code which is giving you problems:

s.velocity = s.velocity +((1.6e-22)*cos(w*t)*dt)

It looks like one of the arrays is empty.

You can see this problem in a distilled case like:

import numpy as np
np.array([1,1,1]) * np.array([])

Which gives the error:

ValueError: operands could not be broadcast together with shapes (3) (0)
> <ipython-input-165-1fc37b5acfae>(1)<module>()
----> 1 np.array([1,1,1]) * np.array([])

A couple more examples:

In [169]: np.array([1,1,1]) * np.array([2.5, 1.0]) 
ValueError                                Traceback (most recent call last)
<ipython-input-169-37890460fbb0> in <module>()
----> 1 np.array([1,1,1]) * np.array([2.5, 1.0])

ValueError: operands could not be broadcast together with shapes (3) (2)

In [170]: np.array([1,1,1]) * np.array([2.5]) 
Out[170]: array([ 2.5,  2.5,  2.5])
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answered 2014-02-12 10:39:48 -0500

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Ask a stupid question, what module did you import for 'vector' and 'space'? 'visual'? I just installed VPython which claimed have these two, and

import visual

import vis

Failed masseges show as:

    import visual
  File "C:\Python27\Lib\site-packages\visual\", line 34
    from visual_common.create_display import *
  File "C:\Python27\Lib\site-packages\visual_common\", line 10
    import wx as _wx
  File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\wx-2.9.4-msw\wx\", line 45
    from wx._core import *
  File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\wx-2.9.4-msw\wx\", line 4
    import _core_
ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.

Any idea?

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