OpenStudy (anonymous):

3log(x-1)=4sinx on [0, 3pi)

2 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

i have to solve for x

2 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Using a numerical approach, presumably? You can use the Newton-Raphson method. Define \(f(x)=3\log(x-1)-4\sin x\), where I'm assuming \(\log\) denotes the natural logarithm. Just to sample some values of \(f\), let's consider \(x=2\) and \(x=\pi\approx3.14\). \[\begin{array}{c|c} \text{sample point }x^*&f(x^*)\\ \hline 2&3\log(2-1)-4\sin2=-4\sin2<0\\ \pi&3\log(\pi-1)-4\sin\pi=3\log(\pi-1)>0 \end{array}\] since \(\sin x>0\) for \(0<x<\pi\), and \(3\log(x-1)>0\) for all \(x>2\) (including \(\pi\)). Therefore, by the intermediate value theorem there's a value \(2<c<3\) such that \(f(c)=0\) - this is the root you want. Suppose \(x_0=2.5\), just as a convenient starting point. Use the N-R formula to approximate \(c\) to within whatever accuracy you desire: \[f(x)=3\log(x-1)-4\sin x\implies f'(x)=\frac{3}{x-1}-4\cos x\\[2ex] \begin{cases}x_0=2.5\\[1ex]x_{n+1}=x_n-\dfrac{f(x_n)}{f'(x_n)},&n\ge1\end{cases}\]As \(n\to\infty\), you have \(x_n\to c\).

2 years ago