How do you Append a Symbolic Matrix?

To All:

I am trying to make a function that will take a set of dynamics and a set of independent variables that can or cannot be within the dynamics equations to create a "frozen" state space matrix, A. I would like to tell you all now that I am mostly a FORTRAN coder and am in the process of trying to understand SageMath, which is why I am coding in a brute force method.

I previously checked to make sure that the derivative function was producing reasonable answers and created the matrices like this.

rmag = r^2 + r^2 + r^2;
dyn = -mu*r/rmag^3; # spherical gravity assumption
ddyn_dx = dyn.derivative(r);ddyn_dy = dyn.derivative(r);ddyn_dz = dyn.derivative(r);
pdyn_pr = (transpose(matrix([ddyn_dx,ddyn_dy,ddyn_dz])));

As you might have discovered, this is exceptionally tedious when the number of independent variables get larger. Therefore, I desired to code something like this:

def FindDynMatrix(dynamics,xvect):
# Find the length of the vector defining the internal variables
#    within dynamics are independent variables:
leng = len(xvect);
for j in range(leng):
vect = dynamics.derivative(xvect[j]);
if j == 0:
mat = vect;
else:
mat=matrix([mat,vect])
#mat = mat.append(vect) # didn't work
return mat

In "FindDynMatrix", symbolic vector that is dependent on a multitude of variables including those within the symbolic vector "xvect". The hope was to "black box" the production of the A matrix for a little controls tool that I am coding up.

However, I can not find a way to get this to work. Help would be appreciated.

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