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Re: How to evaluate a NIntegrate expression properly

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  • Subject: [mg39732] Re: [mg39698] How to evaluate a NIntegrate expression properly
  • From: Sseziwa Mukasa <mukasa at>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 23:51:09 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

On Monday, March 3, 2003, at 04:24 AM, Yong Xiao wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a problem regarding to how to use NIntegrate and NSolve 
> together.
> A sampe is as follwing:
> f[y_] := NIntegrate[y^2*x^2, {x, 0, 3}]
> NSolve[f[y] == 20, y]
> Complaint:
> \!\(NIntegrate::"inum" \(\(:\)\(\ \)\) "Integrand \!\(2.25`  \\\\  
> y\^2\)
> is
>     not numerical at \!\({x}\) = {1.5`}."\)
> Thanks in advance.

NSolve seems to substitute nonnumeric values for the argument at 
certain points.  I'm not quite sure why it does this, probably because 
the basic method used is Jenkins-Traub and computes a symbolic 
derivative at some point for Newton's Method.  Changing NIntegrate to 
Integrate (which is fine for this case) means the symbolic derivative 
can be computed and the messages do not appear.  So the answer appears 
to be you cannot use NIntegrate and NSolve in the manner you wish.  
Since NSolve is specifically for polynomials there is no reason to use 
NIntegrate anyway.



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