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Civ eng problem-volume of solid-simpsons rule

  1. Dec 5, 2006 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    hi,so in tec graphics iv been asked to calculate the area and volume of a solid pedestal?have the area bit done but confused about how to calculate the volume.we were told to use simpsons rule but i just dont understand how to use this as it was not on our math course in school,so it is merely some vague formula in the logtables to me.any direction at all would be v appreciated

    2. Relevant equations
    i have worked out that the surface area is 244636mm^2 or 2.44636*10^-1 m^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    just dont know!
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  3. Dec 5, 2006 #2


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    Have you considered splittng up the pedestal into constituant solids.
    Sphere, cylinder, cube.
  4. Dec 6, 2006 #3


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    Well, without knowing what this pedastal looks like, all I can say is, have you tried looking at what Simpson's Rule is? Wiki has a pretty good description here:


    If you can set up a function for the shape, it should be pretty cut and dry to calculate the volume based on the link above.
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