Re: How to evaluate a NIntegrate expression properly

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg39732] Re: [mg39698] How to evaluate a NIntegrate expression properly*From*: Sseziwa Mukasa <mukasa at jeol.com>*Date*: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 23:51:09 -0500 (EST)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

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. Regards, Ssezi