Department of Mathematics

Math 300: Mathematical Computing

Matlab Newton's Method

Recall that Newton's Method is an iterative way of approximating a zero of a function \(f\). The idea is that, given a starting guess \(x_i\), we compute new estimates of the zero of \(f\) using the formula \[x_{n+1}=x_n-\frac{f(x_n)}{f'(x_n)}\quad n=0,1,\dots\ .\] One uses this iteration until \(\vert x_{n+1}-x_n\vert\lt \text{tolerance}\) or until we give up trying. Write a Matlab function newton(f,x0,tolerance) that finds the zero of a function using Newton's method.

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