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    Equation

    a*x=ln{(x-b)/(x+b)}
    a and b are constants.
    Any help or idea to solve the equation.
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    Hello Emilly
    Quote Originally Posted by Emilly View Post
    a*x=ln{(x-b)/(x+b)}
    a and b are constants.
    Any help or idea to solve the equation.
    You'll have to use a numerical method or something like a spreadsheet to solve this equation, and it will only have a solution for certain values of a and b.

    I attach a graph I produced in Excel, to show the result when a = -0.1 and b = 10. For these values, the equation has the approximate solution x = 15.43, which I found this value using Excel's 'Goal Seek'. There is also another branch of the log graph for values of x less than -10, which I haven't included in the diagram.

    You'll see that there are no points on the log graph where -b\le x\le b, and as x\to \infty, the graph \to 0 from below. So there won't be any solution if a \ge 0 for positive values of b.

    I'll leave you to work out what will happen to the graphs for different values of a and b.

    Grandad
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    mm I need some algorithm.
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    Hello Emilly
    Quote Originally Posted by Emilly View Post
    mm I need some algorithm.
    Do you know Newton's method (also known as Newton-Raphson) for the approximate solution of equations?

    If
    f(x) = ax - \ln\left(\frac{x-b}{x+b}\right)
    =ax -\ln(x-b)+\ln(x+b)
    then
    f'(x) = a -\frac{1}{x-b}+\frac{1}{x+b}
    Newton's method gives you an algorithm to find successive approximations to a root of the equation. If a_n is the n^{th} approximation, then the next is given by:
    a_{n+1} = a_n - \frac{f(a_n)}{f'(a_n)}
    But if all you need is a numerical answer to a particular equation, then it's much quicker to use a 'Goal Seek' method in a spreadsheet.

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