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1 Page Contents Introduction and Notes pages 2-3 (These are important and it s only 2 pages ~ please take the time to read them!) Systematic Search for a Change of Sign (Decimal Search) Method Explanation of the method pages 4-5 What you need to include in this section page 6 Fixed Point Iteration, x = g(x) Method Explanation of the method pages 7-9 What you need to include in this section page 0 Fixed Point Iteration, Newton-Raphson Method Explanation of the method pages - 2 What you need to include in this section page 3 Comparison of Methods What you need to include in this section pages 4 Final Checks page 5 Mark Scheme page 6

2 Page 2 Introduction In this coursework you will investigate numerical methods of solving equations. Your actual coursework will consist of your use of three different methods to find the roots of some equations (and you ll show how each of these methods sometimes fails to find roots), followed by a comparison of how effective these methods are. This means there should be four main sections in your work. You must number the pages in your work! What you need to do is outlined on pages 6, 0, 3 and 4 of this guide. There is also an explanation of each method given in this guide (see the Contents list on the front cover for page numbers), but you can also refer to the MEI coursework booklet and any other material (e.g. videos) in the C3 Coursework part of the Maths Homepage, and you can also use anything else that your Maths teacher may suggest. By the end of the coursework you should be able to: use the terms: equation, function, root and solution appropriately understand that some equations cannot be solved analytically by, for example, factorising apply different methods for the numerical solution of such equations, to any degree of accuracy, using a computer compare the methods in terms of their efficiency and ease of use be able to explain how the methods work, with the help of graphs The methods you will learn are Systematic search for a Change of Sign (Decimal Search) Fixed Point Iteration after rearranging the equation f(x) = 0 into the form x = g(x) Fixed Point Iteration using the Newton-Raphson method This coursework counts for 20% of the marks for the C3 module. Why use numerical methods? If we want to find the solution to the equation x 3 - x = 0 we can factorise it, so that x (x + ) (x ) = 0 so the three roots are x = 0, x = - and x =. 2 If we want to find the solution to the equation x + 0x + 8 = 0 we can use the quadratic formula x = b± b2 4ac 2a which gives the two roots, which could be written exactly in surd form, or rounded to some number of decimal places: x = (4 d.p.) and x = (4 d.p.). Some equations, however, such as x 3-5x + 3 = 0, cannot be solved by algebraic or analytical methods (such as factorising or by a simple formula). To solve these equations we use numerical methods. You will be asked to investigate three different numerical methods and will have to choose your own equations to use, which should be different from those that other students have chosen.

4 Page 4 Systematic Search for a Change of Sign (Decimal Search) Method For example, we might want to find a root of the equation f(x) = 0, where f(x) = x 3-3x +. Looking at the graph of y = f(x), we can see that a root lies in the interval [, 2]. The y-coordinates to the left of this root are negative and the y-coordinates to the right of this root are positive. So f(x) changes sign from negative to positive somewhere between and 2. We can find where this happens by evaluating f(x) for x values from to 2, in increments of 0.. This can be done efficiently using an Google Sheets spreadsheet. The click-and-drag tool can be used to quickly generate the row of x values. The f(x) formula only needs to be entered once (in cell B2 in this example), then it can be copied across the row with the click-and-drag tool. x f(x) We can see from this table that f(.5) is negative but f(.6) is positive, so the root must lie in the interval [.5,.6]. We can now consider f(x) for values of x from.5 to.6, in increments of 0.0, again looking for a change of sign in f(x). We can then continue this process, taking smaller increments of x in each row, every time dividing our interval into ten parts (hence the name: Decimal Search). In your coursework, you should do five rows, so that the x values have 5 d.p. on the last row: x f(x) x f(x) x f(x) x f(x) x f(x)

5 Page 5 If we take the midpoint of the final interval, we can say that the root we have found is x = with a maximum error of ± Note that we don t say how many d.p. the root has, we use the error bounds instead. In your coursework, you will need to include two zoomed-in graphs to illustrating this method. These should show x values with one, then two, decimal places. For example, the second zoom should like look like this: Failure of Systematic Search for a Change of Sign (Decimal Search) Method The equation used here was f (x) = 0 where f(x) = x x x This was created easily using the property that a squared factor gives a repeated root. We started with not an integer! x f(x) the repeated root has 2 d.p. f(x) = (x+2.3)(x-.56) 2 then expanded it to give the form above that looks too difficult to solve. This method will sometimes fail to find a root of an equation. An example of how this might happen is when there is a repeated root. This graph shows a (repeated) root in the interval [, 2 ] so we would try a decimal search in that interval. However, the first row of the table in Google Sheets does not give a change of sign of f(x). This is because the (repeated) root is actually between.5 and.6.

6 Page 6 What to include in the Introduction State why we sometimes need to use numerical methods to find a root of, or solve, an equation. Mention the three different methods you will be using. What to include in the Systematic Search for a Change of Sign (Decimal Search) Method section:. State the equation you are trying to find a root of, which is f(x) = 0, where you define what your f(x) is. (There should be a different f(x) used for each method.) 2. Show the graph of y = f(x), indicating the root you are trying to find. 3. Describe how the method works, referring to your Google Sheets calculations and your zoomed-in graph illustrations. Do this for the first row of calculations (with x values to d.p.) with its corresponding zoomed-in image, then for the second row and the second zoom. You then paste in the final three rows (up to x values with 5 d.p.). 4. Take the midpoint of the final interval. State the value of the root you have found: x = with a maximum error of ± So, that s some writing, five rows of tables from Google Sheets and 3 graphs from Autograph in this section. 5. Repeat the steps. and 2. from above, but this time for an equation where the method fails to find the root. 6. Describe why the method fails to work, referring to your Google Sheets calculations and your zoomed-in graph illustration. Do this for the first row of calculations (with x values to d.p.) with its corresponding zoomed-in image. (You cannot create further rows on the table as there is no change of sign.) So, that s some writing, one row of a table from Google Sheets and 2 graphs from Autograph in this section.

7 Page 7 Fixed Point Iteration, x = g(x) Method This is a method which involves using an iterative formula. We will rearrange f(x) = 0 to the form x = g(x) to get the Iterative Formula x r+ = g(x r ) For example, say we want to find a root of the equation f(x) = 0 where f(x) = x 3 3x + so we have x 3 3x + = 0 We can rearrange this as x = g(x) in several ways: x = 3x x = 2 3 x + x 3 x = 3 3x x = 2 x 3 This means that where x = g(x) (so where the graphs of y = x and y = g(x) intersect) is a root of f(x) = 0. The graph below uses g (x) = x3 + 3 The x = g(x) rearrangements become the iterative formulae x r+ = g ( x r ) : x r+ = x r x r+ = 3x r x r+ = 3x r x r 2 x r+ = x r 2 3 One of these iterative formulae may be used to find a root of the equation f(x) = 0. (Sometimes this method does not work you will need to show an example where it fails to work as part of your coursework.)

8 Page 8 In each case, we take x 0 to be an integer near to the root we are trying to find (we can see this from the graph). We put x 0 into the RHS of the iterative formula to find x, then we put x into the RHS of the formula to find x 2 and keep going until x r converges to the root. Google Sheets will do these iterations very quickly for us if we copy the formula down the column (using the click-anddrag tool). If it diverges, then we need to choose a different iterative formula. It turns out that the iterative formula x r+ = x r finds the root near the integer, but fails to find the root near the integer 2. x 0 x x x x x x x x x The formula was only entered into cell B2 and the click-and-drag tool was then used to copy it down the column. x 0 2 x x x x 4 ############ x 5 ############ x 6 ############ x 7 ############ The x r values have converged towards the root. We can confirm the root x = by looking for a change of sign in f(x) for x values above and below this root, using Google Sheets. x 8 x 9 #NUM! #NUM! The x r values are diverging away from the root. Google Sheets displays #### when the value has too many digits to fit in the cell width. Google Sheets displays #NUM! when the values are too large (or too small if negative) for it to calculate with. x f(x) This change of signs confirms that we can state that a root is x = with a maximum error of ± You can show the iterative process on your graph, using Autograph which produces a staircase like this (if gradient of g(x) is positive at the intersection) x 3 x 2 x x 0 or a cobweb (if gradient of g(x) is negative at the intersection). You need to label x 0 to x 3 on your graph.

11 Page Fixed Point Iteration, Newton-Raphson Method This is a method which involves using an iterative formula, in this case the Newton-Raphson Iterative Formula, which is x r+ = x r f(x r) For example, if we want to solve the equation f(x) = 0, where f(x) = x 3-3x +, we first need to differentiate f(x) to get f (x) = 3x 2-3 and substitute both f(x) and f (x) into the Newton-Raphson Iterative Formula, to give us our iterative formula: x r+ = x r x r 3 3x r + 3x r 2 3 f (x r ) For each root, we take x 0 to be an integer near to the root we are trying to find (we can see this from the graph). We put x 0 into the RHS of the iterative formula to find x, then we put x into the RHS of the formula to find x 2 and keep going until x r converges to the root. Google Sheets will do these iterations very quickly for us if we copy the formula down the column (using the clickand-drag tool). x 0 2 x x x x x The formula was only entered into cell B2 and the clickand-drag tool was then used to copy it down the column, and copied across to find the other roots. x x x x x x x f(x) The x r values have converged towards the root (the column was set to show 5 d.p.). We can confirm the root x = by looking for a change of sign in f(x) for x values above and below this root, using Google Sheets. You can show the iterative process on your graph, using Autograph, which produces a sawtooth diagram of tangents. The Newton-Raphson process works by creating a tangent to f(x) at x 0, then where this tangent cuts the x-axis is x, which is closer to the root. A tangent to f(x) at x, is then drawn and where this tangent cuts the x-axis is x 2. Tangents continue to be drawn in this way, producing x r values which converge towards the root. You need to label x 0 to at least x 2 on your graph.

12 Page 2 x 2 x x 0 This method will sometimes fail to find a root of an equation. An example of how this might happen is when there is a stationary point at the integer near the root you are trying to find. The gradient at a stationary point is 0, so in the part of the formula with f (x) in the denominator, you will be trying to divide by 0, since in this case, f (x 0 ) = 0. In the example given, f (x 0 ) = f () = 3() 2-3 = 0. x 0 x Google Sheets displays #DIV0! If you ask it to divide #DIV/0! by zero, and an x value cannot be found to proceed with the iterations. This graph with a repeated root can then be translated a little (parallel to the y-axis), to create a curve with roots near to this integer. In the example here, subtracting 2 gives f(x) = (x + 2)(x - 3) 2-2, which can then be expanded to give the form f(x) = x 3-4x 2-3x + 6, which looks too difficult to solve and is a neat example of a failure case. This failure of the method can be illustrated by drawing the tangent to the minimum (or maximum) point on Autograph. A suitable equation that will have a stationary point at an integer can be created easily using the property that a squared factor gives a repeated root. For example, we could start with f(x) = (x + 2)(x - 3) 2 which has a repeated root at x = 3.

15 Page 5 Final Checks When you have finished your coursework, you should read it through carefully to make sure that you have included everything required and that it is all done correctly. You may find it helps to print it out to do this. The final checks we recommend are: Make sure you have numbered the pages! Read through carefully for typos and to make sure that what you have written makes sense and things are in the correct order. It s easy to muddle things up when cutting and pasting a lot. Make sure all the formulae have printed out correctly. Make sure you have stated the equation in the form = 0 that you are trying to find a root of, for every method (including in the failure cases)and again in the comparison. You may refer to your function, e.g. f(x) = x 3 3x + but make sure you don t call that an equation! Make sure that all your graphs are fully annotated: o Axes should be labelled. o Curves should be labelled. (y = f(x) is fine provided it is clear in the text what your f(x) is.) o Positions of x 0 to at least x 2 should usually be labelled. (It may only be possible to show x 0 and x in the failure of g(x).) o Tangents should be labelled. Make sure your values in the Google Sheets tables match with the values on your graphs. You should have explained how each method works. All roots found should be stated clearly: x = with a maximum error of ± For the iterative methods, the x value has 5 d.p. but for decimal search it has 6 digits after the decimal point, the last of which is a 5 (because you took a midpoint). Make sure you have used correct subscripts on all the x s in your iterative formulae. Remember, you can use pages 6, 0, 3 and 4 of this guide to check you have included everything required to gain all the marks!

16 Page 6 Methods for Advanced Mathematics (C3) Coursework: Assessment Sheet Task: Candidates will investigate the solution of equations using the following three methods: Systematic search for change of sign using one of the three methods: decimal search, bisection or linear interpolation. Fixed point iteration using the Newton-Raphson method Fixed point iteration after rearranging the equation f(x) = 0 into the form x = g(x). Coursework Title Candidate Name Candidate Number Centre Number Date Domain Mark Description Comment Mark Change of sign method (3) Newton- Raphson method (5) Rearranging f(x) = 0 in the form x = g(x) (4) Comparison of methods (3) The method is applied successfully to find one root of an equation. Error bounds are stated and the method is illustrated graphically. An example is given of an equation where one of the roots cannot be found by the chosen method. There is an illustrated explanation of why this is the case. The method is applied successfully to find one root of a second equation. All the roots of the equation are found. The method is illustrated graphically for one root. Error bounds are established for one of the roots. An example is given of an equation where this method fails to find a particular root despite a starting value close to it. There is an illustrated explanation of why this has happened. A rearrangement is applied successfully to find a root of a third equation. Convergence of this rearrangement to a root is demonstrated graphically and the magnitude of g (x) is discussed. A rearrangement of the same equation is applied in a situation where the iteration fails to converge to the required root. This failure is demonstrated graphically and the magnitude of g (x) is discussed. One of the equations used above is selected and the other two methods are applied successfully to find the same root. There is a sensible comparison of the relative merits of the three methods in terms of speed of convergence. There is a sensible comparison of the relative merits of the three methods in terms of ease of use with available hardware and software. Written communication () Correct notation and terminology are used. Oral communication (2) 2 Presentation Interview Discussion Please tick at least one box and give a brief report. Half marks may be awarded but the overall total must be an integer. Please report overleaf on any help that the candidate has received beyond the guidelines. TOTAL /8

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