NAG Library Function Document
nag_airy_ai_deriv (s17ajc) returns a value of the derivative of the Airy function .
||nag_airy_ai_deriv (double x,
nag_airy_ai_deriv (s17ajc) evaluates an approximation to the derivative of the Airy function . It is based on a number of Chebyshev expansions.
For large negative arguments, it is impossible to calculate a result for the oscillating function with any accuracy and so the function evaluation will fail. This occurs for , where is the machine precision.
For large positive arguments, where decays in an essentially exponential manner, there is a danger of underflow so the function must fail.
Abramowitz M and Stegun I A (1972) Handbook of Mathematical Functions (3rd Edition) Dover Publications
x – doubleInput
On entry: the argument of the function.
fail – NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.6
in the Essential Introduction).
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
is too large and positive. The function returns zero.
On entry, x
must not be less than
is too large and negative. The function returns zero.
For negative arguments the function is oscillatory and hence absolute error is the appropriate measure. In the positive region the function is essentially exponential in character and here relative error is needed. The absolute error, , and the relative error, , are related in principle to the relative error in the argument, , by , .
In practice, approximate equality is the best that can be expected. When , or is of the order of the machine precision, the errors in the result will be somewhat larger.
For small , positive or negative, errors are strongly attenuated by the function and hence will be roughly bounded by the machine precision.
For moderate to large negative , the error, like the function, is oscillatory; however, the amplitude of the error grows like . Therefore it is impossible to calculate the function with any accuracy if .
For large positive , the relative error amplification is considerable, .
However, very large arguments are not possible due to the danger of underflow. Thus in practice error amplification is limited.
The following program reads values of the argument from a file, evaluates the function at each value of and prints the results.
9.1 Program Text
Program Text (s17ajce.c)
9.2 Program Data
Program Data (s17ajce.d)
9.3 Program Results
Program Results (s17ajce.r)