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need help for transfer Whlile loop from For loop

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pepper
pepper on 1 Oct 2020
Closed: MATLAB Answer Bot on 20 Aug 2021
two newton method written with for and while loop.
the result is quite different
where should i fix it?
big thx from bottom of my heart.

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Sindar
Sindar on 1 Oct 2020
First issue:
  • for loop ends when error<tol
  • while loop continues when error<tol
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Sindar
Sindar on 1 Oct 2020
switching between text and code blocks helps readability
"for"
function p1=newton(ex31,a)
tol=10^-10;
a=5;
p0=2;
for k=1:1000
p1=1/2*(p0+a/p0);
error=abs((p1-p0)/p0);
p0=p1;
if error<tol
p=p1;
break
end
end
"while"
function p1=newton(ex31,a)
tol=10^-4;
error=1.0;
p0=2;
pn=p0;
a=5
while error>tol
pn1=1/2*(pn+a/pn);
error=abs(pn1-pn)/abs(pn1-p0);
pn=pn1;
end
pn1
issues in both
  • regardless of what value is passed to the function, you set a=5
  • error is an important built-in function, use a different variable name
  • you have more p variables than necessary (you only need two)
differences between codes:
  • tol is not the same
  • "while" error is defined incorrectly
  • "while" returns a variable that is never defined (p1)
My comment on consistency referred to the fact that your original "while" screenshot wasn't doing anything in particular each loop.

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