Re: how to find minimum value.

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• Subject: [mg94961] Re: [mg94945] how to find minimum value.
• From: "Scot T. Martin" <smartin at deas.harvard.edu>
• Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 07:25:58 -0500 (EST)
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```Not sure I fully understand your question, but here is how to use
FindMinimum[].

In[1]:=

FindMinimum[x^2+3 x+1,x]

Out[2]=

{-1.25,{x->-1.5}}

The minimum value is -1.25 and it occurs for x=-1.5.

On Wed, 31 Dec 2008, mssivava wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> For instance, lets assume that we have an equation like
> a = Solve[x^2 + 3 x + 1 == 0]
>
> the solution gives 2 x values as
>
> {{x -> 1/2 (-3 - Sqrt[5])}, {x -> 1/2 (-3 + Sqrt[5])}}
>
> Which function can I use to find the min x? (Min[] or FindMimimum[] is not working)
>
> In my real question, I have more than 50 values. So I need to find a mathematica function to find the minimum value from 50 automatically.
>
> Thank you very much.
>
>

```

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