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Re: FindRoot and NIntegrate

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  • Subject: [mg81914] Re: FindRoot and NIntegrate
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 04:45:31 -0400 (EDT)
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beside the messages for the slow convergence

f[x_?NumericQ] := NIntegrate[Sin[y - x], {y, -Pi/2, Pi/2}]

FindRoot[f[x], {x, 0.1}]

work fine and find x->2.8*10^-17 and thats pretty close
to 0


mfedert at wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have what is probably a very simple problem.  I want to find x which
> solves an equation of the form
> \integral f(x,y) dy = 0
> I have tried something along the lines of
> FindRoot[ NIntegrate[ f(x,y) , {y, -inf, inf} ], {x, x_0 } ]
> but it doesn't work ---- my theory being that NIntegrate tries to go
> ahead and do the numerical integration before it knows what x is equal
> to... which blows up  because the integrand is - as a function of x -
> non-numerical... Is there a way around this?  I'm sure there's some
> trivial modification I can make to get things working again.
> Thanks, in anticipation ---
> MF

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