Pidge G. - 1 year ago 120

Python Question

I am trying to find the roots of an equation using Newton's method. This is probably a very obvious mistake, but I keep getting an error that states: "TypeError: cannot determine truth value of Relational". Is there something I forgot to import/include? Sorry, I am very new to python.

`import sympy`

from sympy import *

x, y, z = symbols('x y z')

init_printing(use_unicode=True)

def newton(f, n, eps):

y = f(n)

delta = diff(eps, x)

while abs(y) > eps:

dy = (f(n + delta) - y) / delta

n = n - y/dy

y = f(n)

return n

def f(n):

return 5 * n + 10

eps = input("input function:")

print(newton(f, 0, eps))

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Answer Source

Your code is not implementing Newton's method. You want to estimate the tangent line at an initial guess, intercept it with y=0 to get a new guess and keep doing that until the function at the guess value is close enough to 0. See the code below.

```
def newton(f, x, eps=1e-50):
y = f(x)
delta = 1e-10
while abs(y) > eps:
dy = (f(x+delta) - y) / delta
x = x - y/dy
y = f(x)
return x
def f(x):
return 5 * x + 10
newton(f, 0) # outputs -2.0
```

User-supplied functions via text are not easily doable. What we are usually doing is providing a numerical implementation of the function as above.

If you want to operate on the symbolical level you need to parse the string and construct a suitable function in your code, which is not really trivial. You may want to check whether libraries are available for that.

In practice you probably want to implement a maximum number of iterations in case someone runs it on a function without a root.

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