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Fortran bisection method

  1. Apr 18, 2013 #1


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    I'm rusty with fortran and programming in general. I can't see my "error" in a code that I wrote from scratch.
    Basically I wanted to get some fun and solve for a temperature in thermodynamics where I must get "T_f" which appear in a transcendental equation: ##A\ln \left ( \frac{T_f^2}{T_1T_2} \right )+2B[2T_f-(T_1T_2)]=0##.
    Where T_1 is worth 100, T_2 is worth 200, A=2 and B=0.005.
    Here is my code:
    Code (Text):
    program rootfinderbisection
    implicit none


    write(*,*)"Enter the temperatures t_1 and t_2"
    read(*,*)t_1, t_2
    write(*,*)"Enter your interval guess, [a,b]"
    write(*,*)"Enter the precision you want"

    if (abs(fa)<e) then
    write(*,*) "The solution is",a
    else if (abs(fb)<e) then
    write(*,*)"The solution is",b
    end if

    if (f(a)*f(b)>0) then
    write(*,*)"There's an even number of root(s) in that interval"


    do while (abs(fn)>e)
    if (fa*fn<0) then

    end do
    write(*,*)"The solution is",x_n

    end program
    that I compile along with
    Code (Text):
    function f(x)
    implicit none

    real(4)::f,x, t_1,t_2

    end function
    The problem is that for the values I said above, I get the message "There's an even number of root(s) in that interval". Thus apparently the condition f(a)*f(b)>0 is satisfied. However when I enter the numbers in my pocket calculator I get f(a)=-2.3862... and f(b)=2.3862... where I truncated both values. Thus the condition is not satisfied.
    I really don't see what's wrong. Any idea?

    Edit: I tried with many different values for a and b. I even changed t_1 and t_2, same message.

    Edit2: I've just tested the values of fa and fb. It thinks they are worth infinity. Going to check this out.
    Edit3: No idea why it thinks they are worth infinity. o_0.
    Edit4: ok it does not plug in t_1 and t_2 inside my function.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
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  3. Apr 19, 2013 #2


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    Try including t_1 and t_2 as arguments in the function f and see if this resolves the calculation errors.
  4. Apr 19, 2013 #3
    Your function "f(x)" does not agree with your formula at the top of your post. Is the last term in the bracket term of your equation "T_1 * T_2" or "T_1 + T_2".
  5. Apr 19, 2013 #4


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    t_1 and t_2 in the function are completely separate variables from t_1 and t_2 in the main program. If you want t_1 and t_2 in the function to have the same values as in main, you need to make them arguments to the function along with x.
  6. Apr 19, 2013 #5


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    Thanks all for the tips. To TheoMcCloskey, you're right, I made a latex typo here for T_f. The one in my program is ok.
    So it got rid of the problem! However I now get "The solution is 3.02481484E-39" which is basically 0. I'll investigate and post if stuck.

    Edit: Worked, problem solved. I had to change the line "write(*,*)"The solution is",x_n" to "write(*,*)"The solution is",xn".
    Thanks a lot guys!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2013
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