Unformatted text preview: There is a large ±eld of mathematics devoted to this subject called numerical analysis . Many of the methods require calculus, but luckily there is a method which we can use that requires just basic algebra. It is called the secant method , and it ±nds roots of a given function f ( x ), i.e. values of x such that f ( x ) = 0. A derivation of the secant method is beyond the scope of this book, 1 but we can state the algorithm it uses to solve f ( x ) = 0: 1 For an explanation of why the secant method works, see pp. 338344 in A. RALSTON AND P. RABINOWITZ, A First Course in Numerical Analysis , 2nd ed., New York: McGrawHill Book Co., 1978....
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2012 for the course MAC 1130 taught by Professor Dr.cheun during the Fall '11 term at FSU.
 Fall '11
 Dr.Cheun
 Calculus, Trigonometry, Equations

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