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Do loops in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg55170] Do loops in Mathematica
  • From: "dumb_founded" <andreajagger_8 at>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 00:22:03 -0500 (EST)
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I am having trouble setting up Do loops in Mathematica.  Even when I
put in a return statement, I get no output.  Below is a concrete
example of code I am putting in:

Do[{p = Solve[x^2 + 3*x + 1 == 0, x], Return[2*p]}, {i, 1}]

I get nothing out of it.

Here is a sketch of the code I want to construct but am scared to
because of the above problem I keep encountering.

(1) the first expression in the Do loop calls the FindRoot function on
nonlinear function of x that involves a constant c.  The constant c is
in curly brackets at the end of the Do loop specifying a beginning
value for c and an ending value for c.
(2) I take the root found in the previous expression and I use it to
calculate two numerical integrals
(3) I add or subtract the two numerical integrals found in the previous
expressions and I return the value of this expression (and this
expression alone).

I am having a headache figuring out this simple chore.  Mathematica
simply refuses to behave.

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