       RE: Using FindRoot

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• Subject: [mg83469] RE: [mg83429] Using FindRoot
• From: "Jaccard Florian" <Florian.Jaccard at he-arc.ch>
• Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 02:50:52 -0500 (EST)
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```Hello!

First of all, you have to be aware of the fact that FindRoot is using
Newton method starting with the point you give.
So you have first to draw you function to be able to see where the root
you search is located and to be able to give an intelligent starting
point, i.e. a starting point which is near the root (more near than a
maximum or minimum).

f[R_] := 0.15*Pi*R^2 - (2*R^2*ArcCos[45.9/(2*R)] -
0.5*45.9*Sqrt[4*R^2 - 45.9^2])

Plot[f[R], {R, 0, 40}]

You will see that the definition domain of f(R) is R>22.95.
So, if you look for a real root, it is a very strange idea to give
R=0.1 as the starting point for FindRoot.
You better try :

In:= FindRoot[f[R], {R, 30}]

Out= {R -> 30.87736860938116}

And you obtain exactly what you expect.

Remember : Never use FindRoot if you are looking for a real root of a
one-variabled function wihout first having drawed the function !

Regards

F.Jaccard

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Objet=A0: [mg83429] Using FindRoot

I am trying to find the root of the following equation
FindRoot[.15*[Pi]*(R^2)==(2*R^2*ArcCos[45.9/(2*R)])-(.5*45.9*Sqrt[4*R
^2-45.9^2]),{R,.1}, MaxIterations->100000]

When I try this with two other systems, both give me an answer of
30.8773686.

However, with Mathematica, the answer I get appears to be a complex
root, along with this message:
FindRoot::lstol: The line search decreased the step size to within
tolerance specified by AccuracyGoal and PrecisionGoal but was unable to
find a sufficient decrease in the merit function.  You may need more
than MachinePrecision digits of working precision to meet these
tolerances.
{R -> 20.1137- 4.87774*10^-14 \[ImaginaryI]}

Why would the answer be a complex root when using Mathematica, yet real
when using the other two packages?
Thanks Tony.

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