I am using NSolve to solve an equation, as shown here:

T == (0.000250709 E^(0.0269867/(0.0000734429 + 1. T)))/(1.00025 - 
    1. E^(0.0539734/(0.0000734429 + 1. T)))

NSolve[T == (0.000250709 E^(0.0269867/(0.0000734429 + 
          1. T)))/(1.00025 - 
     1. E^(0.0539734/(0.0000734429 + 1. T))), {T}, Reals]

It gives me the warning Solve::ratnz: Solve was unable to solve the system with inexact coefficients. The answer was obtained by solving a corresponding exact system and numericizing the result. >>, but still displays the result. Is it wrong to use NSolve for for such a general task, or am I missing a parameter?


No errors if you work with exact arithmetic instead:

         T == (0.000250709 E^(0.0269867/(0.0000734429 + 1. T)))/
              (1.00025 - 1. E^(0.0539734/(0.0000734429 + 1. T))), 10^-10], {T}, Reals]

(*{{T -> -6.55871*10^-164}, {T -> 216.923}}*)
  • $\begingroup$ It works, thanks.. but I'm not sure why. Does NSolve have an issue working with high precision? $\endgroup$ – BillyJean May 1 '13 at 13:35
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @niles, it's just that NSolve[] has some trouble if inexact numbers are present in the input. That's where Rationalize[] comes in. $\endgroup$ – J. M.'s technical difficulties May 15 '13 at 11:49

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