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  • Subject: [mg12014] Re: calculation
  • From: Paul Abbott <>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 03:40:50 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <6gr69a$>

Saeed Esmaily Rashid wrote:

>I have an equation
> .001422409738*R^(73/80)*(R^(1/2)-1)^(-13/40) == .04
> i'm using the Solve function in Mathematica 3.0 to solve it for R, but
> it calculats endlessly and takes very long time. 

I turns out that Mathematica cannot solve the general problem

	a*R^p*(R^(1/2)-1)^c == d

It is easy to construct transcendental equations with no simple
closed-form solution.  Perhaps you should look at a plot, e.g., 

  In[1]:= eq=.001422409738*R^(73/80)*(R^(1/2)-1)^(-13/40) == .04;

  In[2]:= Plot[Evaluate[Subtract@@eq],{R,1,100}];

Then you can use FindRoot to find the numerical solutions you are after:

  In[3]:= FindRoot[eq,{R,1.0001}]
  Out[3]= {R -> 1.00007}

  In[4]:= FindRoot[eq,{R,80}]
  Out[4]= {R -> 81.2655}


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