Newton - Newtons Method The next application that well take...

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Newton’s Method The next application that we’ll take a look at in this chapter is an important application that is used in many areas. If you’ve been following along in the chapter to this point it’s quite possible that you’ve gotten the impression that many of the applications that we’ve looked at are just made up by us to make you work. This is unfortunate because all of the applications that we’ve looked at to this point are real applications that really are used in real situations. The problem is often that in order to work more meaningful examples of the applications we would need more knowledge than we generally have about the science and/or physics behind the problem. Without that knowledge we’re stuck doing some fairly simplistic examples that often don’t seem very realistic at all and that makes it hard to understand that the application we’re looking at is a real application. That is going to change in this section. This is an application that we can all understand and we can all understand needs to be done on occasion even if we don’t understand the physics/science behind an actual application. In this section we are going to look at a method for approximating solutions to equations. We all know that equations need to be solved on occasion and in fact we’ve solved quite a few equations ourselves to this point. In all the examples we’ve looked at to this point we were able to actually find the solutions, but it’s not always possible to do that exactly and/or do the work by hand. That is where this application comes into play. So, let’s see what this application is all about. Let’s suppose that we want to approximate the solution to
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course MATH 151 taught by Professor Sc during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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