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Determining Approximate Roots using Maxima

## Determining Approximate Roots using Maxima

In the circle-circle intersection equations below:

•d represents the inter-access point distance in feet

•Obg represents the percentage of overlap desired for 802.11bg

•Oa represents the percentage of overlap desired for 802.11a

•R represents the cell radius in feet

Note that zero overlap occurs when the distance between the centers of the two circles is equal to twice the radius (d = 2R). This relationship becomes invalid if d is allowed to exceed 2R, as an area of intersection would be impossible to calculate. This is why the find_root function is limited to the closed interval from d/2 to d.

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Using Lisp GNU Common Lisp (GCL) GCL 2.6.8 (aka GCL)

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Dedicated to the memory of William Schelter.

(%i4) find_root(Obg*%pi*R^2=2*R^2*acos(d/(2*R))-(1/2*d*(sqrt(4*R^2-d^2))),R,d/2,d);

(%i5) find_root(Oa*%pi*R^2=2*R^2*acos(d/(2*R))-(1/2*d*(sqrt(4*R^2-d^2))),R,d/2,d);

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