David Little  
Mathematics Department Penn State University Eberly College of Science University Park, PA 16802 
Office: 403 McAllister Phone: (814) 8653329 Fax: (814) 8653735 email:dlittle@psu.edu 



Newton's Method
The following applet can be used to approximate roots of y=f(x) using Newton's Method. Simply enter the function f(x), the value a, an initial guess for a root of f(x), and 0 ≤ n ≤ 100, the number of iterations used in Newton's Method. The value of a can be changed by simply typing a new value, such as "1.2345", "pi/2", "sqrt(5)+cos(3)", etc. You may also change this value by using the up/down arrow keys, clicking on the xaxis or dragging the corresponding point left or right. To move the center of the graph, simply drag any point to a new location. To label the xaxis in radians (i.e. multiples of pi), click on the graph and press "controlr". To switch back, simply press "controlr" again. Here is a list of functions that can be used with this applet.
© 2006 David P. Little Download this applet for offline viewing (includes source code). The above applet uses the Java Math Expression Parser (JEP) developed by Singular Systems 