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Newton Raphson trouble

  1. Apr 14, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Bessel's funtion J0(x) is assumed to have a root near x=5. Use the newton raphson method to find this root to 3 decimal places by taking the first 4 terms of the series.

    I have found this link which helps me solve the question:



    2. Relevant equations

    newton raphson equation: x= a- f(a)[tex]/[/tex] f'(a)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    well I assume that as the root is near x=5, my first value that I substitute into the newton raphson equation should be 5.

    However, I get the value 3.895752124 which i do not think is right.

    The table of values on page 16 of the link I have attached are the correct values I should have obtained, but I do not know where I am going wrong.

    Can anyone confirm the values I should expect to obtain?
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  3. Apr 14, 2010 #2

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    You are correct; 3.895752124 as the value for the first iteration is not correct; you should replicate the table in that attachment.

    It's kinda hard to tell you where you went wrong because you didn't tell us what you did to get that erroneous value. What did you do, in detail?
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