# Error function

## Main Question or Discussion Point

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_function

If you have erf(1.00) and are asked to solve for the approximate value by using the trapezoid rule with n=6, how would you go about doing so?

Since the function is erf(x) the 'x' goes into the limits of integration but a 't' is used as a variable in the actula function. How do you know what to use for 'u'. Do you simply treat the function as an integral from 0 to 1 and evauluate 'u' from 0 to 1 as well????

thanks for any help?

Gib Z
Homework Helper
Basically the question is asking to approximate the definite integral:

$$\frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}}\int_0^1 e^{-x^2} dx$$

They want you to do it with the trapezoidal rule. Basically construct 6 trapeziums, each with a width of 1/6. The height of the left side of the trapezium should be the same as $e^{-x^2}$ at that point, and the height of the right side should do the same for its point.

Eg The First trapezium Will have a base from 0 to 1/6. At 0, $e^{-x^2}=1$. So the height at that point should be 1. At the other side of the trapezium, 1/6, sub in 1/6 into $e^{-x^2}$, and thats the height at that point. You have the two heights of the trapezium, and a base length, now you can find the area.

Repeat for the other 5 trapeziums.