Question: Change in formula when a certain y-value is reached

January 13 2014 N00bstyle 45
Maple 16
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Hello,

I was wondering how (or what is the best way) to write a worksheet in which a change of formula is used when a certain value on the y-axis is reached.

So for example: if there is a mass-spring system with damping in it, I would like to change the value of the damping when the displacement/velocity/acceleration has reached a certain value.
So when I apply a force to the mass-spring system, and the acceleration for example is LOWER than 0.2 m/s^2 I use a value of X % damping, but when the value of the acceleration is HIGER than 0.2 m/s^2 I want to apply Y % damping. So in time the curve will increase (when low damping is used) and the curve will decrease (because high damping is used, because the y-value is higher than 0.2 m/s^2), and so on...

I hope somebody has a 'simple' idea. I know what I want to do, but I don't know how to put this down in a formula which I can write in Maple.

Greetings,
Frank

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