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Equation Operating System: Solve equations with multiple variables

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This class solves equations with multiple variables.

It does not resort to the PHP eval() function to help prevent security risks of using malicious expression values for instance with a calculator that takes expressions defined by the users.

It comes with a sub-class that can produce graphic charts plotting the curve defined by the equation expression withing a given range of x and y values. The generate chart graphics can be outputted in the PNG or JPEG formats using the GD library.

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Solving equations can have many applications, like for instance, drawing charts that represent the curves defined by assigning values of given ranges to the variables of the equations.

The PHP eval() function can be used to dynamically evaluate the expressions defined by an equation. However, it may be dangerous to evaluate an arbitrary expression provided by an user, as it may contain malicious code.

This class provides an alternative solution that consists in a full expressions parser and evaluator that only supports a limited set of operations that do not represent a security risk when the operations are evaluated.

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Install EOS with Composer

Add the dependency:

"require": {
    "jlawrence/eos": "3.*"

Run composer update and you're done.

Equation Operating System


This class makes it incredibly easy to use and parse/solve equations in your own applications. __NOTE__ ALL of the functions within these classes are static. It is also important to note that these classes throw exceptions if running in to errors, please read the beginning of the Math.php file for the defines of the exceptions thrown. Exceptions includes a descriptive message of the error encountered and within Parser will also typically include the full equation used.


This class has one important function, Parser::solve() which does all the legwork, so we'll start there and end with examples.

use jlawrence\eos\Parser;

solve($infix, $variables)

To use this function:

$value = Parser::solve($eq, $vars);


Is simply a standard equation with variable support.

Example Equations:


The parser has good implied multiplication.


The variables are fairly simple to understand. If it contains a scalar (ie a non-array value) _every_ variable within the equation will be replaced with that number. If it contains an array, there will be a by-variable replacement - note that the array MUST be in the format of 'variable' => value Such as:

    'x' => 2,
    'y' => 3

Given the equation:


If this is called by:

Parser::solveIF('5x^y', 2);

It will equal '20', as every variable is replaced by 2. However, if called like:

Parser::solveIF('5x^y', array(
                            'x' => 2,
                            'y' => 3));

You will get the result of '40' as it would equate to 5*2^3, as expected.


To use:

use jlawrence\eos\Graph;

This is the fun class that can create graphs. The image will default to 640x480, to initialize a different size use:

Graph::init($width, $height);

The $width and $height are the values used for the image size.

graph($eq, $xLow, $xHigh, [$xStep, $xyGrid, $yGuess, ...])

This method will generate the graph for the equation ($eq) with a min and max x range that it will parse through. All Variables explained:

  • `$eq` The Standard Equation to use. _Must_ have a variable in it. (ie `x`)
  • `$xLow` The starting point for the calculations - the left side of the graph.
  • `$xHigh` The last point calculated for the variable - the right side of the graph.
  • `$xStep` Stepping point for the variable. Set to null/false to use the smart xStep feature within the graph class.
  • `$xyGrid = false` Show `x/y` gridlines on the graph. Defaults to false. Each grid line is set at an integer, with a max of 30 lines, so it will calculate the stepping for it. When the grid is show, the lines are labeled along the top and left side of the image.
  • `$yGuess = true` Guess the Lower and Upper `y-bounds` (The bottom and top of the image respectively.) This will set the the bounds to the lowest `y` value encountered for the `$yLow`, and the largest `y` value for `$yHigh`.
  • `$yLow = null` Lower bound for `y`. Will be reset if a lower value for `y` is found if `$yGuess` is true.
  • `$yHigh = null` Upper bound for `y`. Will be reset if a larger `y` value is found if `$yGuess` is true.

If you don't want the axis' labeled with their numbers, you can turn off the default behavior with:

Graph::$labelAxis = false;


  • Allow user-defined colors for all aspects of the graph.

To set up a graph with a 21x21 window (ie -10 to 10) for the equation sin(x) and output as PNG, would use as:

Graph::graph('sin(x)', -10, 10, 0.01, true, false, -10, 10);

It would look like: Sin(x)



Run the unit tests by first installing phpunit with (from the repository root)

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When creating classes for adding functions to the package, make sure to call Parser::solveIF() instead of Parser::solve() so that the class retains the full original equation used by the user.

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