Documentation API of the 'edu.rit.numeric.Cubic' Java class

Class Cubic

  • public class Cubicextends Object
    Class Cubic solves for the real roots of a cubic equation with real coefficients. The cubic equation is of the form

    ax3 + bx2 + cx + d = 0

    To solve a cubic equation, construct an instance of class Cubic; call the Cubic object's solve() method, passing in the coefficients a, b, c, and d; and obtain the roots from the Cubic object's fields. The number of (real) roots, either 1 or 3, is stored in field nRoots. If there is one root, it is stored in field x1, and fields x2 and x3 are set to NaN. If there are three roots, they are stored in fields x1, x2, and x3 in descending order.

    The same Cubic object may be used to solve several cubic equations. Each time the solve() method is called, the solution is stored in the Cubic object's fields.

    The formulas for the roots of a cubic equation come from:

    E. Weisstein. "Cubic formula." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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