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Subject: Re: math function for calculator
From: BlueChip (cs_bluechip_at_webtribe.net)
Date: 2004-05-02


Try this:

V/G = N ... (G+N)/2 = G
repeat until G=N

V = Value (for which we are seeking the root)
G = most recent Guess
N = New guess

Example for root of V=12 with an arbitrary intial guess of 2

find _/12 ... guess 2.000
12/2.000 = 6.000 ... (2.000+6.000)/2 = 4.000
12/4.000 = 3.000 ... (4.000+3.000)/2 = 3.500
12/3.500 = 3.429 ... (3.500+3.429)/2 = 3.465
12/3.465 = 3.463 ... (3.465+3.463)/2 = 3.464
12/3.464 = 3.464

3.464^2 = 11.999

_/12 is irrational, so to get 12 back out of the other end you will need an
infinite number of digits after the decimal place, hence the result above
being 11.999, that is because I decided to offer a result to only 3 decimal
places.

Obviously faster methods can be found, but generally you will need to rely
on the existence of other mathematical functions (such as log-n) or big
memory-hungry lookup tables - Although for this application where our app
is 32K end-of-story, a lookup table of 1..2K would not be harmful.

One use of a lookup table might be to get a good initial guess...
With a table of all known integer squares:

_/105 lies somewhere between _/100 (=10) and _/121 (=11)
121 - 100 = 21
21 / (105-100) = 4.200
(1) / 4.200 = .238

So an initial guess of 10.238 would be reasonable
The answer is actually 10.247

If you need clarification on any of that, please ask.

ChipBleu

>rb->sqrt() is not working. sqrt() is not defined in plugin API.
>It's no big deal, though. I'll just leave this function as x/2.
>
>My interface is a little complex than yours. I simulate the interface
>of the standard calculator in Windows 2k, which has backspace, memory,
>1/x, sqrt, etc. And I draw some lines and grid, too.
>
>I decided to write display part myself. Actually, I've already finished
>this part. But then I decided to rewrite the whole core code and add
>support to scientific number format.
>
>I'll post my code as soon as it's in alpha version.
>
> >tinousus_at_yahoo.com wrote:
> >> The problem I met is that: I always get error of "undefined sqrt()
> funtion" even I include math.h when
> >
> >
> >Try rb->sqrt()
> >/me was the one that was developing the other calc plugin.
> >
> >
> >If you can find any way to typecast a double to a string without the use
> >of snprintf, let me know, because I have a very basic LCD working (
> >http://kaboofa.liek.us/stuff/calcshot.png [sic] )
>
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