## Find the points at which two given functions intersect

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from scipy.optimize import fsolve
import numpy as np
def f(input_vector):
x, y = input_vector
return np.array([y - x**2, y - x - 1.0])
# Solve the function, using (x=1, y=2) as the initial guess
fsolve(f, [1.0, 2.0])
``` |

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The code considers the case of finding the intersection of a polynomial, \(y=x^2\) and a line, \(y=x+1\).

Write these functions in the form \(\mathbf{f(x) = 0}\), in other words:

\[\begin{split}f_1(x, y) &= y - x^2 = 0\\
f_2(x, y) &= y - x - 1 = 0\end{split}\]

Now write your Python function, as shown in the code, so that it accepts a vector of these inputs, \(x\) and \(y\), and return another vector of outputs which contains \(\mathbf{f(x)}\).

Entry inspired by http://scipy.org/Cookbook/Intersection

Read the documentation for fsolve.

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