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    So far, numerical methods is fine, just one question, about the secant/false position methods.

    I find these two methods some what equilant to each other, but after doing things like fixed point iteration, to create a table of values for the converging values after each iteration to the roots of a particular polynomial, I find the false position and secant method aomewhat harder.

    Harder as in, in the fixed point iteration method, I just use my ANS button in my calculator after each iteration, to use the previous answer as part of x, to create a table of the converging roots.
    But when doing the false position method, the previous values of two points have to be b and a have to be entered into the formula:

    af(b)-bf(a) / f(b)-f(a)

    where f(b) and f(a) are the y-values of the function when x=a and x=b
    this will give values x(1), x(2), x(3) etc...
    which converge to the root of f(x)

    But after about 3 or so iterations, I have very long numbers, and I can't use the ANS key in my calculator anymore because theres two values a and b which have to be noted from previous iteration, and also to do another iteration, I have to work out f(a) and f(b) etc..

    I find this method so tedious, to enter values such as a=1,.37474393,
    b=2.48485484 etc, to find the root inbetween a and b.
    Has anybody actually got a practical method of doing the false position method, with simplicity, it just becomes to tedious and time-wasting. :rolleyes:
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Updated: July 1, 2005


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