# Homework Help: Need help estimating an area under a curve

1. Dec 3, 2008

### viciousp

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The graph is the graph of the rate of increase or decrease of the river throughout a 9 day period. At day 0 the height is at 111 feet. What day is the river crest at 114.4 feet.

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/8987/mathgraphoo9.jpg [Broken]
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3. Attempt at Solution

I know you have to estimate the area under the curve, I used rectangles and got a estimate between the 4th and 5th day. I am just asking if anyone got something similar to that or if I am way off. Thank you in advance

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2. Dec 3, 2008

### mgb_phys

If you have the raw data there are a few numerical techniques that can do better ( see Newton-Raphson) but if you just have that chart then the best you can do is to count squares/triangles on paper - for more accuracy you just need smaller squares.