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Precalculus: Roots and Cobwebs
by Texas Instruments

Published on November 25, 2011

Objectives

  • Students will find roots to equations using the recursive algorithm Fixed Point Iteration (FPI) and will visualize the algorithm as a cobweb plot.

Vocabulary

  • recursive sequence
  • convergent sequence
  • Fixed Point Iteration
  • cobweb plot

About the Lesson

This lesson involves finding roots to equations using a method similar to those used by many calculators.
As a result, students will:

  • Find roots using a recursive sequence - Fixed Point Iteration.
  • Visualize this root-finding recursive sequence as a cobweb plot.