**nonlin_newton**,
a MATLAB code which
interactively applies Newton's method to seek a root of a function
given formulas for f(x), f'(x), and a starting value a.

The user enters formulas for f(x), f'(x), and the value a.

The program then repeatedly applies Newton's method until it encounters a very small function value or it detects a problem with the iteration.

The program can be invoked by a function call, in which case the strings specifying f(x) and f'(x) must be quoted:

[ a, fa, it ] = nonlin_newton ( 'cos(x)-x', '-sin(x)-1', 0 )or as an interactive command with arguments:

[ a, fa, it ] = nonlin_newton cos(x)-x -sin(x)-1 0or, if called with no arguments, it will request them:

[ a, fa, it ] = nonlin_newton ( ); Enter function formula, like x^2: cos(x)-x Enter derivative formula, like 2*x: -sin(x)-1 Enter starting point, a: 0

The function is specified as a string which is either:

- a MATLAB expression using the argument 'x';
- the name of an M-file followed by the argument '(x)'.

The string should not contain any spaces between symbols, except when it is passed as a function argument in quotes.

It is not necessary to use the "dot" notation for expressions involving '*', '/', or '^', but it doesn't hurt either.

Examples of function specifications:

x^2 x.^2 3/(x^4+5*x-6) sin(7*x)*sqrt(x)/8 wiggle(x) <-- where "wiggle.m" is a user-provided M file.

The computer code and data files made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

**nonlin_newton** is available in
a MATLAB version.

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- nonlin_newton.m the source code.