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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not know the extent of it. I only know I miss him.

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bobbym wrote:

I am afraid that no math like that is ever mundane. There are several ways to do that and that makes it very interesting.

explain

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You undoubtedly used the methods of ordinary algebra but there are many numerical ways to get the answer too.

I have to go cook, see you all later. Have a good day at school.

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Will you cook in Angela Style or Gangnam Style?

I know two ordinary algebra methods and one numerical method and also the CAS way and also the graphical way and also a brute force way, Newton Raphson, Midpoint attack if they count

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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There are many ways to solve equations numerically. The interesting one here is doing x_0=... x_n=3+1/x_n-1. It can even be done on a scientific calculator.

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What use is the quadratic formula in our daily lives? Can we use it to unlock the secrets in the hearts of those we love?

-The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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bobbym style.

You can solve that also by converting to a continued fraction.

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O Rly?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes really. Want to see how?

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Indeed

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is an idea your countryman was an expert on.

follow so far?

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Yes, the rest I can do

Is that correct? Now what?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is it, you understand the idea. To compute the answer what would you do?

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I would convert it back to a quadratic equation and use the quadratic formula.

I've always changed those continued things into a quadratic and then solved it, never tried the other way round

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Supposing you left out that end 1 / x what would you get?

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3.33

We are doing convergants, right?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, and I have kaboobled it.

we leave out the x not the 1 / x so we compute

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3.25

Okay, what happens after that?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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leaving out the x again we compute,

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Where is that taking us to?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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To one of the roots of your equation of course.

Can you do that one or need me to?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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The process is pretty much what I described in #80.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is the same process. There are many iterative methods too.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I kniw about Newton's method, the tangent method and the secant method.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Those are methods that have names and use geometric ideas. They are very popular in books written by people whom never solved anything other than a book problem.

Did we cover any of Forman's ideas for iteration?

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