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I am having problems finding the roots of the following non linear discontinuous equation

Asked by David Campbell

David Campbell

on 17 Jul 2013
Accepted Answer by Matt J

Matt J

Below is the code I am using, and the error message I recieve:

function y = firstorder(x)

mat = 'mnfepas';

props = material_data(mat);

S = props(1,3);

L = props(1,4);

J = props(1,5);

Tc = props(1,6);

Ns = props(1,8);

g = props(10);

T = 200;

B = 1;

muB = 9.27e-24; % units: Am^2 or J/T

kB = 1.3807e-23; % units: J/K

nu = 1.75;

y = (1/T)*(3*Tc*J*((0.5/J)*((2*J+1)*coth((J+0.5)*x/J)-coth(0.5*x/J)))/(J+1) + g*muB*J*B/kB + (9/5)*(((2*J+1)^4)-1)*Tc*nu*(((0.5/J)*((2*J+1)*coth((J+0.5)*x/J)-coth(0.5*x/J)))^3)/((2*J+2)^4))-x;


Then I use the following:

x0 = 3;

x = fzero(firstorder,x0);

And then I get the following error message:

Error using firstorder (line 21) Not enough input arguments.

Error in nonlinear_brillouin_solver (line 2) x = fzero(firstorder,x0);

the function y is discontinuous at zero due to the coth, and at some values of T the function will cross the x axis multiple times, so I should get multiple roots... i think

Any help would be greatly appreciated


David Campbell

David Campbell


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2 Answers

Answer by Matt J

Matt J

on 17 Jul 2013
Accepted answer

Should be

   x = fzero(@firstorder,x0);


David Campbell

David Campbell

on 17 Jul 2013

Thank you, does fzero work on discontinuous functions? My function has a discontinuity at x = 0, and also can it return more than one x value?

Matt J

Matt J

on 17 Jul 2013

No fzero cannot return more than 1 value. The presence of discontinuities can definitely confuse fzero, as in the following example. You should therefore specify a search interval where the function is continuous.

>> fzero(@(x) 1/x,[-2,2])
ans =
Matt J

Matt J

Answer by Youssef KHMOU

Youssef KHMOU

on 17 Jul 2013

hi David,

if you have numerical values of the coefficients, you can use the function root instead as in this example :

6 x^3 - 4 x^2 + 10 x + 6 =0

 R=roots([6 -4 10 6])


Youssef  KHMOU

Youssef KHMOU

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