Re: Problem with Solve and NSolve

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg122441] Re: Problem with Solve and NSolve*From*: Alois Steindl <Alois.Steindl at tuwien.ac.at>*Date*: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 07:07:13 -0400 (EDT)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*References*: <j8dtbu$keu$1@smc.vnet.net>

"V. Williams" <gvicente at gmail.com> writes: > I've recently tried Mathematica 8.0.1, and I've found that it's unable to compute Solve[x^3*Sin[x]==1,x] (and the same with NSolve), which gives an error: > Solve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the methods available to Solve > > WolframAlpha solves it without problems, so what's wrong with Mathematica? Hello, Solve tries to give an analytical solution, whereas Wolfram Alpha returns numerical approximations. I am wondering why NSolve doesn't work, but you could try FindRoot. Alois