
Newtons method help
Hey guys, need some help with this question. I am stuck and don't know what to do.
Q: Show that using newton's method to $\displaystyle 1\frac{R}{x^n}$ and to $\displaystyle x^nR$ for determining $\displaystyle (R)^{\frac{1}{n}}$ results in 2 similar, but different iterative formulas, with $\displaystyle n \ge 2$ and $\displaystyle R >0$
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Re: Newtons method help
Ok so Newton's method is a way of determining a root of the equation
$\displaystyle f(x)=0$
in both of the cases above for $\displaystyle f(x)$ we obtain $\displaystyle f(x) =0 \Rightarrow x = (R)^{1/n}$ so we just need to apply Newton's method.
This works by calculating the tangent line at a point $\displaystyle x_n$ finding where it intersects the xaxis and assuming that this gives a better approximation to the root than $\displaystyle x_n $
Graphically you can see it at work here
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ration_Ani.gif
Algebraically it is
$\displaystyle x_{n+1} = x_n  \frac{f(x_n)}{f'(x_n)} $
A derivation can be found here Newton's method  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
So work out the derivatives of the two functions you have above then plug it into the formula and you should have two iterative formulas which will converge on $\displaystyle (R)^{1/n}$