When can the sign change method fail?
- There are certain circumstances where a change of sign fails to appropriately reflect the number or existence of roots
- If the interval is too large there may be more than one root within it
- An even number of roots mean roots are missed entirely as a sign change is not identified
- An odd number of roots ( > 1 ) may mean not ALL roots are identified
- In a discontinuous a sign change may occur which is not caused by a root but by an asymptote
- If a function touches the x-axis but does not pass through it there would be a root but no sign change