How to treat with logarithm numerically when it becomes negative?

asked 2013-03-12 04:38:41 -0500

ela gravatar image

I have a term log(f(x)) in my equations which I am trying to solve them numerically. But the solver does not solve, perhaps when the argument of the logarithm becomes negative. What should I write in the program when f(x)<0 in the loop in order not to loose the iteration?


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I think you have to provide more details. In general, log of a negative number does make sense, but it is multi-valued.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2013-03-12 05:09:40 -0500 )edit

you mean detail in the program?

ela gravatar imageela ( 2013-03-12 21:55:57 -0500 )edit

Have you tried: find_root(log(x*x-x),-2,0) -0.6180339887498988 find_root(log(x*x-x),-2,2) 1.6180339887498947

achrzesz gravatar imageachrzesz ( 2013-03-13 02:07:42 -0500 )edit