       Re: Numerical Evaluation

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• Subject: [mg85646] Re: Numerical Evaluation
• From: David Moran <dmoran21 at cox.net>
• Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 07:19:51 -0500 (EST)
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```Bill Rowe wrote:
> On 2/14/08 at 6:51 PM, dmoran21 at cox.net (David Moran) wrote:
>
>> Hi, I need to know what the best way to do this is. I have a
>> function and I want to evaluate a derivative (not necessarily the
>> first derivative) of the function. What is the best way to do this?
>
> Is there a problem with using the built in operator D?
>
> For example, a second derivative is computed as follows:
>
> In:= D[x^3 + x Sin[x], {x, 2}]
>
> Out= -sin(x) x+6 x+2 cos(x)
>
> And this can be used to give a numerical result by simply using
> a replacement rule, i.e., for x = 2.5 the result is:
>
> In:= D[x^3 + x Sin[x], {x, 2}] /. x -> 2.5
>
> Out= 11.9015
>
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Thanks.

Dave

```

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