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    Unhappy the greatest negative solution

    This is an exercise from a subject called Math Laboratory in my university and the aim is to solve this using software Maxima.

    Consider the following function:

    F(x)=2sin(4(x-[1/2]))+sin(x-[1/2])

    a) find the greatest negative solution
    b) the fourth positive solution

    Many thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennie0325 View Post
    the aim is to solve this using software Maxima.
    I don't understand. If the software already tells you where the Maxima occur, then you can just read the results to answer your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennie0325 View Post
    This is an exercise from a subject called Math Laboratory in my university and the aim is to solve this using software Maxima.

    Consider the following function:

    F(x)=2sin(4(x-[1/2]))+sin(x-[1/2])

    a) find the greatest negative solution
    b) the fourth positive solution

    Many thanks for your help.

    Regards,
    In closed form or numerically?

    CB
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    numerically. I suppose this has to be solved by creating a routine based on Newton's method or Rolle's theorem...
    but I don't know how to start with this.

    Thank you.

    Ken
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    I just would like know the steps I should make in Maxima in order to find the solutions.

    Thanks

    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennie0325 View Post
    I just would like know the steps I should make in Maxima in order to find the solutions.

    Thanks

    Ken
    Plot the function over the interval [-5,5] and identify intervals containing the required root and no other from the plot. Then use the find_root function to refine the solution.

    Or use the plot to identify the approximate positions of the required roots and newton to refine the solution.

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    actually i'm not understanding the question "the greatest negative solution"..
    does this mean the same as the absolute minimum?
    I've plot the function then identified an interval where the minimum is.
    Then i've differentiated the function to check where y=0.
    I've got the approximated x value of the absolute minimum, using rolle.

    But I guess this is not the greatest negative value

    Many thanks!

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    by the way, what should I undestand as the fourth positive solution?

    Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennie0325 View Post
    actually i'm not understanding the question "the greatest negative solution"..
    does this mean the same as the absolute minimum?
    I've plot the function then identified an interval where the minimum is.
    Then i've differentiated the function to check where y=0.
    I've got the approximated x value of the absolute minimum, using rolle.

    But I guess this is not the greatest negative value

    Many thanks!

    Regards,

    Ken
    The greatest negative solution is the negative solution closest to zero

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