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Solutions for an equation

  1. Apr 25, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Consider the equation x^2=2^x. Show that there are three real solutions by sketching appropriate curves. Solve the equation.



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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Not really a calculus style question but because it is part of my calculus work I included it here. The first part of this question was simple: I sketched the graph of this equation, finding out that there are 3 points of intersection. The problem i'm having is actually finding what these intersection values are. I know just from looking at the graph and using guess and check that 2 and 4 are two of the values, but I have no idea how to find the third (negative) value. For some reason I was thinking of using Newton's Method, but I do not know how I could apply it to this question, nor if that is even the right method to use to find the value. Any nudge in the right direction for this question would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2009 #2

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    You are already going the right direction. You need to apply a numerical method to find the third root. The root is a zero of the function f(x)=x^2-2^x. Newton's method will work, but it's maybe a bit complicated. You could also use bisection to get a quick estimate.
     
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