Am I missing something in finding the local min of the function f(x), the above ?
Thanks in advance.
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I'll spare you a picture of the symbolic solution (4 pages high, 16 pages wide), but this is what Mathcad 11 (with Maple) makes of it:
Many thanks, Werner. The hint is very helpful to me. I guess the hint works well with the similar function :
Obviously, as your screenshot proves.
There is no need to use the symbolics (which will give you just numeric results anyway). You may consider using a solve block or the root command with appropriate guesses to get the two critical points:
What is the 4-argument form ?
The error message is talking about the "root" command. It has two forms.
The first uses just a start guess value -> root (f(x), x)=
The second uses an interval and thats the 4-argument form -> root(f(x), x, x1, x2)=
In the second form root tries to find a solution which is within the interval [x1; x2].
For the second form to work its mandatory that f(x1) and f(x2) have different signs, otherwise you get an error.
You may consider looking up "root" in the help and there also is a available a quicksheet about the use of the root command.
But in your example I see no benefit in evaluating the expression symbolically - just use numeric evaluation for a quick result.
There are equations of higher order which Mathcad can reduce and solve via symbolics and there are quite more equations (or inequality) which Mathcads symbolics can't solve.
Have you tried if Wolfram Alpha can solve your original inequality?
It means what it says 😉
Mathcads symbolic simply is not capable enough to find a solution to this inequality.
EDIT: In your example which works OK Mathcad has only to deal with quadratic equations -> no problem
Maybe it would be a good idea if you tell us why you need those calculations. There may be other ways to achieve the real task you are looking for.
Concerning the intervals where the absolute value is lower than the RHS you may let Mathcad solve the equations
and take the appropriate values which form your two intervals.
Here is a way to find the four solution intervals "by hand".
The first method uses a plot to spot the area(s) of interest and then created a large vector and picks up the appropriate values from there. You may refine the precision by narrowing down the range of interest (as shown in one example).
The second method shows a way to use symbolic calculation and was already described in my answer above.
This reply is to say thanks again, Werner. . The following, it seems there no more precision. ( I just self-check my understanding about this )
Logical plot have 5 solutions
Intervals have only 4 solutions. ( It seems missing one )
Use: x.vec:=mk_vec(-2, 3.5, 10^6)
"Mathcads symbolic simply is not capable enough to find a solution to this inequality."
There's Mathcad and Mathcad:
There's MuPad and then there was Maple.
Nice to see (and not too surprising) that Maple in your Mathcad 11 can do the job as expected.
Unfortunately nowadays we can't buy a Mathcad version with Maple as symbolic engine nor could we license a valid older copy of Mathcad 11 for a new computer 😞