Past Papers’ Solutions | Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) | AS & A level | Mathematics 9709 | Pure Mathematics 2 (P2-9709/02) | Year 2007 | May-Jun | (P2-9709/02) | Q#5

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     i. By sketching a suitable pair of graphs, show that the equation

Where x is in radians, has only one root in the interval .

   ii. Verify by calculation that this root lies between 1.0 and 1.2.

  iii. Show that this root also satisfies the equation

  iv. Use the iterative formula

with initial value x1 = 1.1, to calculate the root correct to 2 decimal places. Give the result of each  iteration to 4 decimal places.



We are required to show that there is only one root of the following equation by sketching.

Root of an equation is the x-coordinate of a point of intersection of the graphs of   and .

But we are required to show that there is only one root of the following equation graphically.

Therefore, first we sketch .

We know that graph of is as shown below.

desmos-graph (8).png

But we are looking for in the interval .

desmos-graph (10).png

Next we sketch the graph of .

Sketching both graphs on the same axes, we get following.

desmos-graph (11).png

It can be seen that the two graphs of and intersect each other at only a single  point, therefore, the equation has a single roots and at a single value of  .



We are required to verify by calculation that the only root of equation lies between 1.0 and 1.22 radians. We need to use sign-change rule.

To use the sign-change method we need to write the given equation as .


If the function  is continuous in an interval  of its domain, and if   and have opposite signs, then  has at least one root between  and .

We can find the signs of at and as follows;

Since and have opposite signs for function , the function has root  between and .



We are required to show that root of equation   is also a root of the equation

If we can write the given equation  and then transform it to , then both will have the  same root.

Therefore, if the given equation can be rewritten as  , it is evident that roots of both will be same.

Since   provided that ;

Since given equation   can be rewritten as   ,  the root of will also be root of  .



If we can write the given equation  and transform it to , then we can find the root of  the equation by iteration method using sequence defined as.

As demonstrated in (iii) given equation   can be rewritten as  , therefore, iteration method can be used to find the root of the given equation  using sequence defined by;

If the sequence given by the inductive definition , with some initial value , converges  to a limit , then  is the root of the equation .

Therefore, if , then  is a root of .

We have already found in (ii) through sign-change rule that root of the given equation lies between and .

Therefore, for iteration method we use;

We use as initial value.











It is evident that .

Hence, is a root of .

The root given correct to 2 decimal places is 1.04.