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Regula Falsi Method

Submitted by:
Aes. Marice
De Guzman, Marnoel
Ocampo, Jediel
Serrano, Faith

Submitted to: Engr. Jan Vincent Madayag

Schedule: 7:30 F
REGULA-FALSI METHOD
Also known as false-position method
One of the bracketing methods for finding roots of equations by replacing the
curve by a line which gives a false position of the root by similar triangles.

For discussion purposes, the curve could represent the function f(x)=0. (1)

The above nonlinear equation can be stated as finding the value of x such that Equation (1) is
satisfied.

In the bisection method, we identify proper values of XL (lower bound value) and Xu (upper
bound value) for the current bracket, such that
f(xL)f(xu)<0

The next predicted/improved root Xr can be computed as the midpoint between XL and XU .

The new upper and lower bounds are then established, and the procedure is repeated until the
convergence is achieved (such that the new lower and upper bounds are sufficiently close to each
other).
Derivation

Steps
1. Choose XL and XU as two guesses for the root such that f(XL)*f(XU)<0
2. Estimate the root, of the equation as:

3. Now check the following:

If f(XL)*f(XR) <0, the root lies between XL and XR; XL=XL, XU=XR
If f(XL)*f(XR) >0, the root lies between XR and XU; XL=XR, XU=XU
f(XL)*f(XR) =0, the root is XR, Stop the Algorithm

5. Find the absolute relative approximate error as:

6. Compare the absolute relative approximate error Ea, with a pre-specified relative error, Es, If
Ea>Es, go back to step# 3

Regula-Falsi Flowchart
EXAMPLES

1. Create a java program to get the roots of the equation F(x)=3x+sin x-ex using regula-falsi
method

2. A homogenous elementary liquid phase reaction 2A B is carried out in a mixed reactor and
50% conversion is attained. If the reactor is replaced by another reactor which is six times as
large and all other factors are kept the same, the % conversion that will be attained will be
near to:

Given:
-rA=KCA^2
Xa1 = 0.5
V2 = 6V1
Required:
Xa2 =?
Solution:
T= CaoXa/(KCao(1-Xa)^2 )
KCaoT= ((0.5))/(1-0.5)^2
KCaoT=2
2(6)=Xa/(1-Xa)^2
Using Regula Falsi Method:
Xa/(1-2Xa+Xa^2 )-12=0
F(0)=-12 F(0.6667) = -5.9985
F(0.5)= -10
F(0.8)=8
True Root Lies between 0.5 and 0.8
Program for #1)
Result:

For #2)
Result: