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Re: Simple, syntactical question

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  • Subject: [mg48171] Re: [mg48152] Simple, syntactical question
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at>
  • Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 03:56:30 -0400 (EDT)
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On 15 May 2004, at 09:59, Olaf Skjaraasen wrote:

> Hi all,
> my problem is a simple one, but please bear with me: Assume a function
> f(x) whose x-dependence is different for different parts of the x-axis;
> e.g.,
> f[x_] := If[x<0,x^2, x^2 + Cos[x]];
> I would like Mathematica to do the following: Given values y0,
> x0, find x such that f[x]=y0, subject to the condition x>x0.
> What is the syntax to be used to tell Mathematica to restrict itself to
> x>x0 when solving the equation, whether with Solve, NSolve, FindRoot or
> DSolve?
> Cheers,
> Olaf
Probably the best way is to use  NMinimize. Since you do not provide 
any numerical data I have to make up my own. Suppose x0=-1 and y0 = 0.1

So we define:


Now we minimise and use Chop to get rid of tiny numerical quantities:



We check the answer:



So we have a solution.

Andrzej Kozlowski
Chiba, Japan

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