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Spring 2014:
Newtons Method in MATLAB
From Pseudo-Code to
ImplementaEon in MATLAB
Newtons Method (also known as Newton-Raphson Method)
is used to solve nonlinear (system) of equaEons, which can be
represented as follows:

where is a general univariate nonlinear funcEon and is a

(scalar) variable, and

where is a vector of general mulEvariate nonlinear
funcEons and is a vector of variables
Single nonlinear equa-on

where is the (unknown) extent of reacEon (variable to be solved for) and

is a (known) equilibrium constant (a number)
System of nonlinear equa-ons

where are unknowns and the other symbols are known
Newtons Method: Pseudo-Code
Overview: hTp://'s_method
Idea: given iniEal guess (crucial, as close to the soluEon as possible),
iterate towards the soluEon of the nonlinear equaEon(s) using rst-order
derivaEve informaEon (makes convergence fast). Method converges to
one soluEon, but mulEple soluEons may exist that depend on the chosen
iniEal guess.
Pseudo-code for the univariate case:

Input: iniEal guess (x0), maximum number of iteraEons (N), convergence criterion (tol)
Output: soluEon to nonlinear equaEon
n 1
while (n N)
fn1 f(xn1)
fn1 f(xn1)
xn xn1 fn1/fn1
if (|fn1| tol) then
Newtons Method: MATLAB Code
Pseudo-Code MATLAB
n 1 n = 2;!
while (n N) while (n <= N + 1)!
fn1 f(xn1) fe = f(x(n - 1));!
fn1 f(xn1) fpe = fp(x(n - 1));!
xn xn1 fn1/fn1 x(n) = x(n - 1) - fe/fpe;!
if (|fn1| tol) then if (abs(fe) <= tol)!
break break;!
end end!
n n + 1 n = n + 1;!
end end!

Note that arrays in MATLAB are one-based, thus x(1) x0
Also note that the funcEon (equaEon) and its rst-order derivaEve
must be provided
You can use anonymous funcEons in MATLAB to avoid creaEng
an M-le for each funcEon
Numeric Example: MATLAB Script
f = @(x) x + x^(4/3); % Equation definition!
fp = @(x) 1 + 4/3*x^(1/3); % First-order derivative of f!
x0 = 1; % Initial guess!
N = 10; % Maximum number of iterations!
tol = 1E-6; % Convergence tolerance!
x = zeros(N + 1,1); % Preallocate solution vector where row => iteration!
x(1) = x0; % Set initial guess!
% Newton's Method algorithm!
n = 2;!
nfinal = N + 1; % Store final iteration if tol is reached before N iterations!
while (n <= N + 1)!
fe = f(x(n - 1));!
fpe = fp(x(n - 1));!
x(n) = x(n - 1) - fe/fpe;!
if (abs(fe) <= tol)!
nfinal = n; % Store final iteration!
n = n + 1;!
% Plot evolution of the solution!
plot(0:nfinal - 1,x(1:nfinal),'o-')!
title('Newton''s Method Solution: $f(x) = x + x^{\frac{4}{3}}$','FontSize',
Numeric Example: Plot
MATLAB BuilEn FuncEons
For univariate nonlinear equaEons, you may use the
funcEon fzero

For a system of nonlinear equaEons, you may use

the funcEon fsolve

They are more robust and rigorous than the simple

implementaEon shown in the previous slides